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Adventures in the Screen Trade (1983)

de William Goldman

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Now available as an ebook for the first time! No one knows the writer's Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys and Girls Together, and other novels, Goldman now takes you into Hollywood's inner sanctums...on and behind the scenes for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, and other films...into the plush offices of Hollywood producers...into the working lives of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman, and Hoffman...and into his own professional experiences and creative thought processes in the crafting of screenplays. You get a firsthand look at why and how films get made and what elements make a good screenplay. Says columnist Liz Smith, "You'll be fascinated.… (mais)
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Fieldnotes:
Hollywood, 1982

A Memoir in
3 Parts
1 Breakdown of the Process and Players
11 Individual Movie Discussions
1 Short Story Adaptation to Screenplay

The Short Version:
This was just set too early for me, really. Of the movies he discusses in detail, I've only seen Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (of which Goldman is very proud), and honestly...I didn't like it. So a lot of the specific movie screenwriting stuff he discusses I ended up glazing over.

But a ton of what he says is still very relevant. Stars still have to be protected. Nobody has any idea what the public really wants and how to give it to them. So some of the more general stuff is interesting while a lot of the gossipy stuff was fairly dull.

I also found the final section on adapting a short story into a screenplay an interesting exercise - though I admit I mostly agreed with the interviewed director's comments on how these things would actually work (i.e., they wouldn't). To an extent Goldman talking about how he wanted to sit down to talk about what he intended with every scene makes me want to roll my eyes - he repeatedly insists making the movie is a team effort but gets frustrated when he (and his "vision") isn't the most important part of that effort, which seems particularly amusing given his vociferous disdain for the idea that the director is the "auteur". ( )
  Caramellunacy | Nov 21, 2022 |
Funny and insightful - ok, you don´t expect to learn the business of screen writing and meanwhile I guess a lot of things have also in Hollywood but it is still fun to read.
With me being born in 77 I still remember the mentionend people but it could get more and more difficult if you are way younger and not a movie nut interested in older movies. Also it feels a bit unstructured and is getting weaker closer the end but I still enjoyed reading it. ( )
  iffland | Mar 19, 2022 |
Very readable, anecdotal, gossipy. Nice read, especially if you’re interested in film. ( )
  PattyLee | Dec 14, 2021 |
I had wanted to read this book for years, ever since typing innumerable papers for University of Texas Radio-Television-Film students forced to read and report on it for some beginner class. It wasn’t their reports that interested me, but the fact that this text was considered the sine qua non of the university RTF world–the text that you needed to have read, because everyone else had. Goldman’s credentials were substantial, having written some quite substantial films both in critical and box-office terms, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men. He further endeared himself to me by his wonderful book and film, The Princess Bride. But I never read this book for years because I wanted to own a hardback version of it. Browsing this past year in the stacks at the Bellevue Half-Price Books, I chanced upon just that, and finally was able to fill a decade old longing.

Adventures in the Screen Trade is somewhat dated now, even though it is only 13 years old. The movie trade is moving and shifting at an incredible pace (although not as quite as fast as the Internet), and what is golden one year, can be video-fodder the next. Goldman’s expose of the in-and-out of movie-making, from the screenwriter’s perspective, is uncomfortably close to the old adage about sausage and politics–you don’t want to see either being made. Yet, like an automobile wreck on your way home from work, you find that you just can’t help from looking. Goldman does a good job of presenting the business straight-forward, if with a tinge of understandable bias for the writer, that underlines the power of stars and the blockbuster mentality. A sequel, updating this book and adding Goldman’s extra thirteen years of experience, would be welcome, I think. ( )
  engelcox | Oct 19, 2020 |
(Note to self, paperback copy has been read enough such that it's falling apart. If you suddenly find yourself looking for it? It's probably fallen to bits.) ( )
  bookishbat | Sep 25, 2013 |
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Screenwriters are still what Sam Goldwyn called them - 'shmucks with Remingtons' (read word processors now) - but their fees reflect the spendthrift madness of a business that doesn't understand business. Any cash I have in the bank was made not from my primary trade of novelizing but from writing scripts for films that were never made and, so it always seemed at the time of signing the book-length contract, never had any chance of being made...

The sincerity of Goldman's wrath and disgust is never in doubt, but he had no right to expend those emotions in a book so ill-composed that it is an insult to the reader. Damn it, Goldman's enemies lie anywhere but in Brentano's on Sunset Boulevard or in Smith's at Charing Cross. It is a freshman composition in which sometimes the shift key is depressed and, for no special reason except possibly the blindness of the sweat of anger, left so, the word shit is the major pejorative, and slack slang dribbles like unwiped mucus.
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Now available as an ebook for the first time! No one knows the writer's Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys and Girls Together, and other novels, Goldman now takes you into Hollywood's inner sanctums...on and behind the scenes for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, and other films...into the plush offices of Hollywood producers...into the working lives of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman, and Hoffman...and into his own professional experiences and creative thought processes in the crafting of screenplays. You get a firsthand look at why and how films get made and what elements make a good screenplay. Says columnist Liz Smith, "You'll be fascinated.

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