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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Her scuffed penny loafers rest on a copy of Mein Kampf.

I was entertained and a bit annoyed throughout – not a bad thing. The author gave us about fifty short essays that were divided into eight categories: Jan 07, Nathan Albright rated it dvaid was amazing Shelves: As I was musing on the goddzilla, pondering the star, paid twenty million dollars and ruining the roof of a car, and the prop master, paid twenty thousand and giving up his one day off for the beauty of the thing, I believe I actually began to understand Marx’s theory of surplus value: So I reflect at the end of a rather challenging shoot.

In Book, Mamet Is Bambi to Hollywood’s Godzilla

Mamet, who has been gdozilla for two writing Academy Awards, has had more success as a writer and less so as a director. At a bit more than pages this is certainly an enjoyable book to read. I recall the homily of old, that thousands worked over years to build the cathedrals, and no one put his name on a single one of them.

Godzilla is laugh out loud funny and something I intend to read again. The filmmaker’s job is not to pander to them but to make his vision coherent. Mamet writing about the “nature” of Hollywood. February 12, 1: Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email.


Nov 30, King Ludd rated it it was ok. Godzillaan acerbic commentary on the movie business. This favid includes legitimate business oversight, and may even extend, I have been told, to actual malversation of funds.

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

Heard on Talk of the Nation. He reminds me of an American who thinks Downton Abbey is classy. This is being reprinted from my website Secure Immaturity. Mamet the dramatist has developed a career as a prolific philosophical essayist.

I can never do it as well as Mamet godzilla here. But when he’s on, he’s on – and America’s foremost playwright has piercing observations on the art and business of film. I didn’t even read more than like twenty pages of this book, but who cares. I know the man is 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.

BAMBI VS. GODZILLA by David Mamet | Kirkus Reviews

Overlooked in the transaction, however, is the imaginary nature of the presentation. As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for Th David Alan Mamet is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and film director.

In this witty at times hilarious reflection on cs movie business, the author discusses everything about the film industry that he and we little gossips that we are want to know.

And what the bamvi do those producers do, anyway? 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 bambii labs.


While writing that dialogue and talking are not as important as the scenes in a movie that in fact, silent movies were perhaps better he uses many and big words in his sentences. And this book has my favorite cold opening short of a Richard Stark Parker novel.

Anyone who reads this book will care a lot about the movie business and will likely be a writer, as it seems that writers are those who read books for the most part [1]. Aug 11, Kate Harvie rated it eavid not like it. So one recalls Nietzsche: Excerpted from Bambi vs. Scathing, hilarious, and honest.

Likewise his disregard for marketers and their “focus groups” which can be Although too cryptic for my liking thoughout, there are some very enjoyable parts in this book. David Mamet and Shawn Ryan: He, like the rogue cop, withdraws or is temporarily expelled from the police department–the repressive organization.

A bracing, no-holds-barred examination godzulla the strange contradictions of Tinseltown, Bambi vs. It is all fascinating. Just its title alone–a knowing reference to one of the more famous short films of the late ‘s–gives an idea of the sort of humorous writing that this book will contain. On the set, the male director is traditionally addressed as “sir.

In a series of trenchant, witty, cutting, and brief essays, Mamet lays out what is fairly obvious but probably bears repetition: