In Bambi vs. Godzilla, David Mamet, the award-winning playwright and screenwriter, gives us an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from the. David Mamet’s “Bambi vs. Godzilla” takes its title from a two-minute animated short (actually “Bambi Meets Godzilla”) in which the monster. From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright: an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from a filmmaker who’s always .

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The process of filmmaking ma,et down to its very basic elements with a wry sense of humor written just for the most masochistic job in the industry: Starring actors who are really pop stars especially in a lead role but excluding rappers since Submit or I will make all films in Hungary.

If you like that sort of thing, give it a try. Directing a film, especially during night shooting, has to do, in xavid main, with the management of fatigue.

Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business by David Mamet

Mar 18, Richard Block rated it liked godzlla. His works are known for their clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing, as well as for his exploration of masculinity.

To ask other readers questions about Bambi vs. Cover of ‘Bambi vs. Fast-forward to Saturday evening after grilling and eating a feast for my parents and other family members. We also learn about some of the other crafts that are required to make a film — both good and bad.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Please visit and comment: He is my favorite playwright and his movies always make This is being reprinted from my website Secure Immaturity. The ideas and quality of the writing will suffice. But what lifts this from the mean are two things: I was taught early on that the dark secret of the movie business is this: She reaches forward, and the shot of her face becomes a shot of a medicine cabinet.

I didn’t realize that it was my job to be politically acceptable. Whom is the film “by”? I didn’t even read more than like twenty pages of this book, but who cares.


The sleeping pill is occasional rather than regular, as one does not wish to leave the shoot addicted. The dramatist begins with a theme, or questand endeavors to describe its progression in ostensibly unconnected actions and images that will, at the quest’s conclusion, be revealed as unified, and that revealed unity will simply state the theme, which revelation will–just as, theoretically, with the revelation by the analysis–restore order.

Nov 20, Alicia rated it did not like it Shelves: On Saturday morning I read the first pages.

Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business

Is the actor’s hair the correct length? Mar 05, Tania Willemse rated it liked it Shelves: Rosie the Riveter beat Hitler. He certainly isn’t a fan of producers.

This acerbic volume, an extended essay about Hollywood is very revealing davic his unique POV about Tinseltown and his tastes. Open Preview See a Problem? Oct 24, Mike rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Looking for More Great Reads?


I particularly enjoyed the section on “principles” which reminded me of the “golden rules of film” that I’ve contributed to in the past. Feb 15, Lammoth rated it it was ok. It is hardly ever boring and it is most certainly canonical.

We are confused as to whether Mamet considers himself Bambi or Godzilla, but we have confirmed what we already knew about Hollywood hierarchy in general – the closer to dagid top you are, godzila less you care about good art; and writers are so much dust beneath everyone’s feet. Cards and the Art of the Con May mammet, For him there are two Hollywoods, that of the craftsmen good and that of the businessmen bad. The author also points out the stress and difficulties faced by people who want to make art in a world that values the bottom line and tends to want to make fewer and fewer films as time goes on in order to take fewer risks on films with small budgets and niche audiences that might actually have the chance to be worth remembering decades from now.

Mamet is a wonderful cynic and can teach all inspiring cynics a trick or two, but his anger and vehemence feels misdirected and chained.


In Book, Mamet Is Bambi to Hollywood’s Godzilla : NPR

He tells us who his favorite actors and what his favorite movies are, who he thinks is the most perfect actor to grace the screen, and who he thinks should never have appeared there. The book begins with a discussion about the good people of Hollywood, which in the minds of the author mostly means the writers and crew members who toil to create art mmaet is not particularly appreciated by those who make the most money.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And it is this artistry that attracts the duck. Preview — Bambi vs.

Message to all aspiring film majors: After this comes a few chapters on the repressive mechanism that tends to encourage bad films and an improper response to film on the part of many producers and their sycophants.

The crew turns impassive, and the director, myself, views their extraordinary self-control, and thinks, “Thank you, Lord, for the lesson. We judged tghe demonstration conclusive but, in so doing, got yanked right mamef of the drama.

I know the man baambi a good writer, but he flaunts this fact often throughout the first and last third of the book, using incredibly cryptic phrases, flowery paragraphs, and incessantly verbose thought patterns.

His views on storytelling and film genre are particularly illuminating, and Mamet is at his iconoclastic bes Mamet has this annoying habit of characterizing those who disagree with his views as either neurotic or delusional, and occasionally comes off as a bit of a prig. Those above the line are deemed to contribute to the fundability or the potential income of the film by orders of magnitude greater than the “workers”—that is, the craftspersons—on the set, in the office, or in the labs.

Hardcoverpages. The man behind the curtain.