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Jim Carrey is getting smarter and smarter. The crude, rich clown took far less than the $20 million he could have gotten in order to star in Peter Weir's film The Truman Show, which made the covers of Time and Entertainment Weekly as "The Year's Best Movie." Carrey plays Truman Burbank, a man whose entire life has been a hit TV docudrama without his knowledge. This screenplay (by Gattaca author Andrew Niccol) is required reading, and the 35 good-quality color stills from the film in the photo album at the center of the book are nicely laid out with helpful, intelligent captions.

But The Truman Show: The Shooting Script also offers something not found in theaters: the back-story to the script, written by director Weir, who has never been weirder. It was so important to the creation of the movie that Weir actually hired Harry Shearer to help create a "mockumentary"--a documentary on the making of the movie. The mockumentary was scrapped, though a few scenes wound up in the finished film; what Weir gives you here is the whole prequel, "A Short History of The Truman Show." It tells how Christof (played by Ed Harris in the film), a promising, idealistic, Oscar-winning documentarian concerned with homeless people, conspired with shady ex-NASA operatives and the terrifying Omnicam Corp. to create a fake town full of actors and imprison the unsuspecting child Truman Burbank in it by messing with his head. For instance, they made Truman afraid of water so that he wouldn't swim away from his "home." It's a trip--and it just might provide a peek into certain dark crannies of the mind of Oscar-winning director Peter Weir. Just because you've seen The Truman Show, you don't know everything in this book. --Tim Appelo

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A satire of Orwellian proportions, cleverly conceived, masterfully executed...with a knowing script that evokes the caustic wit of Paddy Chayefsky. -- Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
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  • Series: Shooting Script
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557043671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557043672
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "rukmini" on July 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
As this is a review of this particular book, I won't spend time going into the details of how much I loved the movie, how I found it to be an allegory for life itself, how I nearly started a master's in Literature to be able to write a thesis on it, or why I think some of the creepiest moments in Hollywood can be found in this brilliant movie. Instead, I will recommend this book, because it gives the reader some background details on Truman than help explain some of the more obscure scenes in the movie. In addition, the reader gets to see where Carrey made changes to the way Niccol had originally pictured the film, and how these changes helped bring the movie to greatness. The book is also handy to have around the house when the VCR is broken.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne on February 24, 2004
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This is one of the greatest movies ever, mostly because of the brilliant script. It is pretty touching, creative, emotional and it really makes you think about how privilegded you are with your own privacy.
Christof tries, or better say he still did, to create a „perfect world" for Truman. A life, without any real emotions and "the best human actors". But the movie shows that a life without any emotions, including sadness, fear or pain, could never exist.
But nevertheless, sometimes I was wondering, how realistic und plausible it seems. You begin to ask yourself what if this all happens to you!?
I think this movie is open to many interpretations, which is what makes it so interesting.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2000
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This is one of the greatest movies ever, mostly because of the brilliant script. The first time I saw the movie I thought it was simply okay. But after my second viewing I noticed the subtle symbols and how great the script is, I have seen this movie 20 times and I can honestly say I have noticed something new each time, how many movies can you say that about. All the street signs are named after actors (Lancaster,Stewart,Barrymore)and the characters' names as well (Meryl (Streep) Laurence (Oliver) Vivian (Leigh) Angela (Lansbury) Spencer (Tracey) Marlon (Brando) and Pluto) and my personal favorite the I Love Lucy reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1998
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The Truman Show is a movie that shares the same admonitory vein of Orwell, Huxley, and Kafka. It is such a relief to breathe again--a movie that is actually contemplative, intelligent, thought-provoking, and ominous in its warning: The loss of freedom in a media-soaked culture where Henry Ford, or in this case: Cristof--the despotic,possibly insane, creator of the Truman Show is God! That's the most terrifying aspect of the movie for me--Yet, the movie left me, despite the happy ending, feeling a little melancholy. Poor Truman, I thought. The film is a constant reminder of the alienation and gaudiness, falsity of our own commercially centered culture. Strangely, Truman's plight took place in America--The Land of the Free!?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1998
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The book is as described: a facsimile copy of the shooting script. Interesting to see how much was actually dropped for the movie. While an annotated script would have been nice -- particularly more thoughts on why the differences between the original script and what was shot -- this book does what it set out to do, and it's definitely a great script.
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O Truman Burbank protagonizado por Jim Carrey no cinema, é o homem mais famoso da televisão. Só que ele não sabe.
Ele é a estrela de um realityshow/documentário de 24 horas de sua vida, apresentadas sem interrupção, por uma emissora de televisão, com alcance mundial.
Todos que o cercam são atores e ele é prisioneiro deste paraíso.
Esta é a estória de sua fuga.
Este roteiro impresso oferece o que não pudemos ver no cinema: a estória por trás dos bastidores e toda uma trama anterior ao momento que se inicia no filme.
Christof (Ed Harris), um documentarista promissor e idealista, vencedor de vários Oscars e preocupado com os sem-teto, conspira com uma empresa para criar uma cidade falsa, cheia de atores, e com uma criança que nunca suspeita do que realmente estão fazendo com a cabeça dela.
Por exemplo, fizeram com que Truman tivesse medo de água, de forma que ele nunca se aventurasse a nadar para longe de casa.
Christof tenta criar um mundo perfeito para Truman. Uma vida sem emoções reais ou perigosas, cercado dos melhores seres humanos que puderam ser contratados.
Mas descobre-se que uma vida sem emoções verdadeiras, incluindo dor, tristeza ou medo, não pode existir.
Todas as ruas e personagens possuem o nome de atores e atrizes famosos do cinema norteamericano. Referências ao cinema podem ser encontradas o tempo todo.
Todo o roteiro é iconográfico. Eu mesma já vi o filme mais de 10 vezes, e descubro novos simbolismos a cada vez que assisto.
É um alívio descobrirmos que continuamos nossa vida normal, após sua leitura.
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The Truman Show written by Andrew Niccol in 1998 shows the last few days of a reality show. Truman Burbank is the main character. He is the only person in this show who is no actor. Everything around him is fake. Even his hometown Seahaven is only a film studio but Truman doesn't know this. Christof is the director who controls everything. He gives the directions to his parents, his wife and his friend. In these last few days a lot of strange things happen so that Truman may soon find out everything.

Andrew Niccol wants to show the impertinence of the media which do not respect the rights of human beings.

In my opinion the subject of the book is very interesting and it is worth dealing with it. But in this case it is easier to watch the movie because the book is difficult to read because of all the stage directions.
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