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Bambi vs. Godzilla : on the nature, purpose, and practice of the movie business
David Mamet
Adult Nonfiction PN1993.5.U6 M244 2007

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ContentsPage
Introductionp. xi
The Good People of Hollywood
Hard Workp. 3
Producersp. 8
Victims and Villainsp. 13
Jews in Show Businessp. 19
The Development Process; or, Learning to Make Nothing at All!p. 23
The Repressive Mechanism
A Dark Comedyp. 33
An American Tragedyp. 37
An Understanding and a Misunderstanding of the Repressive Mechanismp. 42
Corruptionp. 46
The Screenplay
How to Write a Screenplayp. 51
Character, Plot, Dialogue, Camera Angles, Advice to the Editorp. 56
Helpful Hints on Screenwritingp. 61
The Scriptp. 69
Women, Writing Forp. 72
How Scripts Got So Badp. 77
Begging Lettersp. 81
(Secret Bonus Chapter) The Three Magic Questionsp. 84
Technique
Storytelling: Some Technical Advicep. 89
Learning by Doingp. 93
Improvisationp. 102
The Slate Piecep. 107
The Wisdom of the Ancientsp. 110
Some Principles
The Audience; or, Lessons from Duck Huntingp. 119
Aesthetic Distancep. 123
The Five-Gag Filmp. 126
Bringing a Gun to a Knife Fight; or, A Short Tour of the Concept of Suspension of Disbeliefp. 132
Genre
Bang-Bangp. 139
The Cop Moviep. 142
Film Noir and He-Menp. 145
Shadow of a Doubtp. 151
Religious Filmsp. 153
The Sequelp. 158
Passing Judgment
Reverence as Opposed to Lovep. 165
Great and Rotten Actingp. 169
Good in the Room: Auditions and the Fallacy of Testingp. 174
Criticsp. 183
The Critic and the Censorp. 186
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Manners in Hollywoodp. 191
Theftp. 195
Two Great American Documents; or, In the Wake of the Oscarsp. 198
Conclusion: It Ain't Over Till It's Overp. 202
Appendix - Films Referencedp. 207
Indexp. 239


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