From his perspective as playwright, screenwriter and director of his own films "House of Games" and "Things Change", David Mamet provides insights into how a film comes to be. He looks at every aspect from directing - from script to cutting room - to reveal the many tasks directors undertake in researching their prime objective: presenting a story ...Read MoreFrom his perspective as playwright, screenwriter and director of his own films "House of Games" and "Things Change", David Mamet provides insights into how a film comes to be. He looks at every aspect from directing - from script to cutting room - to reveal the many tasks directors undertake in researching their prime objective: presenting a story that will be understood by the audience and has the power to be both surprising and inevitable at the same time. This book is based on a series of classes Mamet taught at Columbia University.Read Less
Very good in very good dust jacket. DJ has slight wear and soiling. , xvi, , 107,  p. Occasional footnotes. This is based on a series of classes the author taught at Columbia University in 1987. From Wikipedia: "David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and film director. As a playwright, Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997). Mamet's books include: The Old Religion (1997), a novel about the lynching of Leo Frank; Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (2004), a Torah commentary with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner; The Wicked Son (2006), a study of Jewish self-hatred and antisemitism; Bambi vs. Godzilla, a commentary on the movie business; and The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture (2011), a commentary on cultural and political issues. Mamet's feature films, which he both wrote and directed, include Redbelt (2008), The Spanish Prisoner (1997), House of Games (1987) (which won Best Film and Best Screenplay awards at the 1987 Venice Film Festival and "Film of the Year" for the 1989 London Critics Circle Film Awards), Spartan (2004), Heist (2001), State and Main (2000) (Winner of a Best Acting-Ensemble award from the National Board of Review), The Winslow Boy (1999), Oleanna (1994), Homicide (1991) (nominated for the Palme d'Or at 1991 Cannes Film Festival and won a "Screenwriter of the Year" award for Mamet from the London Critics Circle Film Awards and Best Cinematography for Roger Deakins from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards), Things Change (1988) (which won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at 1988 Venice Film Festival for Don Ameche and Joe Mantegna), and most recently the 2013 HBO film Phil Spector, starring Al Pacino as Spector with Helen Mirren and Jeffrey Tambor. Mamet has also written the screenplays for such films as The Verdict (1982), directed by Sidney Lumet, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), The Untouchables (1987) directed by Brian De Palma, Hoffa (1992), Ronin (1998), Wag The Dog (1997), The Edge (1997), and Hannibal (2001). Mamet was also the creator, executive producer, and frequent writer for the TV show, The Unit."
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