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No One Knows The Writer S Hollywood Intimately Than William Goldman Two Time Academy Award Winning Screenwriter And The Bestselling Author Of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys And Girls Together, And Other Novels, Goldman Now Takes You Into Hollywood S Inner Sanctumson And Behind The Scenes For Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, All The President S Men, And Other Filmsinto The Plush Offices Of Hollywood Producersinto The Working Lives Of Acting Greats Such As Redford, Olivier, Newman, And Hoffmanand Into His Own Professional Experiences And Creative Thought Processes In The Crafting Of Screenplays You Get A Firsthand Look At Why And How Films Get Made And What Elements Make A Good Screenplay Says Columnist Liz Smith, You Ll Be Fascinated

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    Adventures in the Screen Trade A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting, William GoldmanAdventures in the Screen Trade is a book about Hollywood written in 1983 by American novelist and screenwriter William Goldman The title is a parody of Dylan Thomas s Adventures in the Skin Trade.Abstracts No one knows the writer s Hollywood intimately than William Goldman Two time Academy Award winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys and Girls Together, and other novels, Goldman now takes you into Hollywood s inner sanctumson and behind the scenes for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President s Men, and other filmsinto the plush offices of Hollywood producersinto the working lives of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman, and Hoffmanand into his own professional experiences and creative thought processes in the crafting of screenplays You get a firsthand look at why and how films get made and what elements make a good screenplay 2004 1377 136 9644351797 20

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    dishy, delicious, and shockingly very, very useful.a couple years back i thought i d move to hollywood and write movies for a living.i love movies.i write good.what could go wrong everything everything could go wrong.because being a screenwriter is exactly like john august describes except with a simply staggering amount of asslicking and a dash of despair he s too genteel to mention.the stories, people the stories actors are appalling people and so are studio execs.recommended.

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    Nobody Knows Anything.Goldman could almost have saved us the 400 pages of what is still one of the most insightful books about the movie industry, and just printed his Law on a single page at the front.But then we d have missed a glorious roller coaster ride through Tinseltown stuffed to the gills with anecdotes of such toe curling detail that you believe every word And even now, 25 years later, it still all rings true Read it, and you too might understand how lucky we are to get the occasional great movie Because it s quite simple Nobody Knows Anything.

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    Man, William Goldman makes himself out to be a real asshole He s so irritating, in fact, that after a two week break away from Adventures in the Screen Trade I cashed in with over 100 pages left, because I couldn t stand the thought of going back to have him bitch at me like my worst film school instructors used to, bitter that a lack of work forced them into talking about their job instead of doing it.Goldman launches his first fart rocket within the opening 20 pages, tattling four anecdotes to illustrate that movie stars are bad people He mentions that, out of courtesy, he s only naming two of the actors in question because some of them have recently died But then he goes on to redact the identities of the deadies, while going right ahead and smearing the two performers who still have careers left to ruin.That strange blend of bitterness and false modesty permeates the rest of this farrago of a what is it, a memoir A handbook A two inch thick advance check Whatever it is, it s macramed into a few dozen short sections seemingly based on the order of the manuscript pages after a passing bus blew them across Goldman s parquet floor Each of those section manages to take a swipe at individuals, groups, or imagined coteries of robed gnomes William perceives of having wronged him, the targeted loogies flying from behind a shield forged of Oh well, what do I know I m just a regular guy who fell into a wacky business full of crazy Hollywood types that also made me rich and famous and got me a book deal to write all about it, but trust me I m just like you BIll s such a regular guy that, when he came to LA for his first movie biz meeting, he couldn t stand the thought of being picked up at the airport by a chauffeur driven car and insisted on riding up in front with driver, because that s what regular guys like him and me and you do I assume that Goldman, so proud of his New York City heritage, had never been in a cab before Nor realized that lots of regular guys dream of being in a position where rich people send expensive cars to drive them around But Will shares that story and others like it throughout the book to casually note what a humble, normal person he is, despite the fact that humble, normal people avoid constantly pointing out how humble they are in their books published by Time Warner.Anyway, Goldman goes on to cheerfully disparage studio execs, actors, directors, actors, audiences, and also actors He finds page space to belittle the auteur theory and anyone who subscribes to it, insisting that all movies are a team effort, while still blaming his failed movies on everybody else that worked on them Billy also loves to explain other people s decisions and character traits he dislikes by ascribing thought processes to them, while managing to ignore the fact that he s making shit up out of boogers and ego Dustin Hoffman refused a scene in Marathon Man that required his character to keep a flashlight in his nightstand, Goldman insists, because Dustin thought it would make him look weak on screen, and every male movie star, deep down, will never allow himself to look weak on screen I m curious as to what Goldman thought of Hoffman s Oscar winning performance six years later as an almost helpless savant in Rain Man.Between all the self aggrandizing and payback that Willy skillfully disguises as friendly banter, he throws in some screenwriting advice As a screenwriter myself, I can say that some of it s quite good, while some is just objectively crappy He devotes a section to subtext but doesn t seem to have a clear idea of the difference between subtext and basic cinematic storytelling techniques He writes a lousy four page movie opening to demonstrate how to write a lousy movie opening and then, of all the scene s lousy features, pinpoints as lousy the only reasonably acceptable one.Luckily I doubt many writers ever end up taking much advice from Adventures in the Screen Trade, because the book isn t written for them Actually, I have no idea who it s written for I can t imagine that the same readers who want mouthfuls of dirt about starlets having affairs with directors or a prison guard s testimony that his wife would crawl on her knees just for a chance to fuck Robert Redford also want to read a glossary of screenplay slug lines or the entire script for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid But if you re interested in the movie industry and are willing to weed through 600 pages and twice as many ellipses , it s sometimes fun to watch the spray of Goldman s vindictive bloodletting Too bad he leaves you to clean up the mess.

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    We ve been listening to As You Wish Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride and it got me thinking that I hadn t read this book in many years, though I loved it the first time So I bought a copy and dipped into it over the course of four or five days Goldman s insider s approach is still compelling, though I wondered how much of what he says about how Hollywood works is still true 36 years later It s also interesting to note some of what he failed to predict, from his assumption that E.T The Extraterrestrial would win the Academy Award for Best Picture at the time, Gandhi wasn t out to his casual comments about women in action movies i.e that they slow a movie down he had no concept of women someday starring in action films However, the inclusion of the screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid makes the book even valuable, especially since he also analyzes the screenplay and what works and what doesn t The only thing that would make this book better, in my opinion, is if he d written it five years later so he could discuss The Princess Bride.

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    The recent sad news of the death of William Goldman reminded me of an episode October 2017 of the wonderful Backlisted Podcast about his book Adventures in the Screen Trade What better way to honour the great man s memory than by reading this book As a successful screenwriter and novelist, William Goldman was perfectly placed to write one of the definitive insider accounts of Hollywood If you like cinema then this is a fascinating read Although written in 1983, with many films he cites from this era, I am sure the process is little changed Adventures in the Screen Trade is a sparkling memoir and every bit as entertaining as some of the landmark films he helped create including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President s Men, and Marathon Man.A great mix of gossip, advice, and insight, Adventures in the Screen Trade remains a complete delight for cineastes and a valuable trove of advice for anyone hoping to make a career as a screenwriter.4 5

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    This is perhaps the best book about screenwriting and the film business ever written.Oscar winner William Goldman, who wrote such classic films as HARPER, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, MARATHON MAN and ALL THE PRESIDENT S MEN shares his unique, often difficult, experiences working with top directors, producers and stars like Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier.If survival in the Hollywood film industry is possible, then there is no better survival guide than this book, because Goldman tells it like it is He pulls no punches.According to Goldman, the single most important fact in the movie industry is that Nobody Knows Anything.Most of the book s second half is a primer on how to write a successful screenplay.What does Goldman feel is the most important lesson to be learned about writing for films 1 Screenplays Are Structure 2 You protect the spine of that structure to the death.If you want to work and succeed in Hollywood, then this is a book that you must carry around with youlike a Bible.

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    William Goldman is incredible Prolifically incredible In several genres I read this book on 3 18 97 straight through I know I did because I wrote this quotation Nobody knows anything.Again, for emphasisNobody knows anything.

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    This is a true insider s look at the screenwriting business from the writer of All the President s Men, Marathon Man and interestingly, the novel of Princess Bride and interesting for anyone who writes or likes movies because yes, there are fun gossipy asides about Hollywood Robert Redford had ego , but it s focus is on what makes a good story and how to write one that sells as a screenplay They re not always the same thing Two big bonuses of this book Goldman provides his entire screenplay of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and then analyzes what worked and what didn t He also provides a short story of his that was not optioned by Hollywood He translates it into a screenplay for this book and explains the choices he has to make along the way what characters to keep, what scenes to focus on etc He then solicits feedback from a suite of movie insiders a director, editor, cinematographer, etc about the resulting work They give fascinating and practical insights into what they think of this screenplay and what makes a movie work in general, sometimes contradicting one another Whether you agree with them is another matter.The only detractor is that the book was written in 1983 and the references to stars include Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, etc. and feel dated, even though the insights into writing are not.

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    One thing is clear from the beginning Bill loves the movies You would have to, I mean really really really have to, just to put yourself through the torture of writing for them, because that s the message that comes out of this again and again prepare to be shat on This is a gentle book world weary, with a big heart After detailing the vast amount of work it takes to bring a script all the way to the big screen, it s no wonder Goldman gets so angry at the Auteur theory My only gripe about an otherwise insightful book is that the author is very hard on schlock horror b movies a staple of my life for as long as I care to remember.