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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Open David Mamet’s new book to almost any page, and you’ll find gems and grenades about the movie business. Collectively, they’re a genius. Time after time I found myself wishing that he’d slow down, give more examples, and go deeper. Jan 15, R. And what on earth do those producers do anyway?

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

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. Scripts and writers are valued less even than the belittled work crews, so needless rewrites are brought in until the prediction comes true: Cover of ‘Bambi vs.

For they have signed on to follow his journey in anticipation, glee, and dread. While the star is daid coming out of the trailer, while the producer is screaming obscenities on the cell phone at his assistant regarding, most likely, a botched lunch reservation, the folks on the set are doing their utmost to make a perfect movie.

If any of you know me you know that I am kind of in art-love with David Mamet. Is it possible to engross the audience when the end of the quest is already known?

Her scuffed penny loafers rest on a copy of Mein Kampf. He who rides, decides. He then decreed that they must gather their own straw.

Its hero is an Indonesian aircraft mechanic. The author in this case approaches the book as a director who, understandably, deals with a LOT more then a writer does. I am never, ever gonna even try and explain anything about the show business, or screenwriting, or Jews, ever again. If you like your coffee black, your toast dry and your yogurt plain, this is for you.


I particularly enjoyed the section on “principles” which reminded me of the “golden rules of film” that I’ve contributed to in the past. Although too cryptic for my liking thoughout, there are some very enjoyable parts in this book.

Bambi vs. Godzilla

Most of these were published elsewhere and are available via google search, but a centralized collection is worth the investment. This is an added bonus, as the reader will probably come away with a new “must-see” list. The attitude has been tagged as stoicism, but perhaps it’s just professionalism–why not let the audience have the experience? Maybe I would pick up to read again if all my other books got burned in a fire. What was I thinking.

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

I don’t care how many brilliant plays and screenplays he’s written, he can’t write an essay to save his life. Grant’s personal memoirs that they were so well written as to make one wonder who was going to win the Civil War. Mark Twain wrote of U. He is called back for one more case and, in bakbi its solution, is forced to resolve the underlying cause of disruption.

But the worker is actually involved, as Leo the Lion says, in ars gratia artis and takes pride in working toward perfection through the accomplishment of small and specific tasks perfectly. He is taken as an example as a teacher and then as the avatar of a new religion. The heart of the matter. Mamet is a fabulous, opinionated dramatist and screenplay writer. Dsvid any business folk in any business would be glad to take the workers’ work for nothing—they, in fact, consider it their right.


The work of arranging the circus, vaudeville, or burlesque turns in the best possible order is called “routining,” a most revealing term meaning “optimally ordering the arbitrary. His works are known for their clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing, as well as for his exploration of masculinity. But when he’s on, he’s on – and America’s foremost playwright has piercing observations on the art and business of film.

Much like the movies. These situations may not be noble, but the work, and the joy of exploring them, is. Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers. After this come some rather humorous discussion on genre, including the cop movie, film noir, religious films, and the author’s thoughts on sequels. When the star throws a fit, the crew, ever well-mannered, reacts as does the good parent in the supermarket when the child of another, in the next aisle over, melts down.

Godzilla is the name of a much-beloved movie short from many, many years ago. Fast-forward to Saturday evening after grilling and eating a feast for my parents and other family members. Mamet is one of my favorite screenwriters. He certainly has a funny, casual, easily readable style, and he knows his subject, having worked in Hollywood for 30 years or so. His mutually exclusive needs for support and for freedom seem incapable of happy resolution, and this impossibility tortures him.

That cause is revealed to be not his behavior, in any given instance, and not the supposed “crime” for, physiologically, he, the hero, and we, the viewer, must know himself to be the perpetrator but his relationship to his parents.