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Fans of the two-time Oscar-winning writer (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men) have anxiously waited for this follow-up since his career serpentined into a variety of big hits and critical bombs in the '80s and '90s. Here Goldman scoops on The Princess Bride (his own favorite), Misery, Maverick, Absolute Power, and others. Goldman's conversational style makes him easy to read for the film novice but meaty enough for the detail-oriented pro. His tendency to ramble into other subjects may be maddening (he suddenly switches from being on set with Eastwood to anecdotes about Newman and Garbo), but we can excuse him because of one fact alone: he is so darn entertaining.
Like most sequels, Which Lie follows the structure of the original. Both Goldman books have three parts: stories about his movies, a deconstruction of Hollywood (here the focus is on great movie scenes), and a workshop for screenwriters. (The paperback version of the first book also comes with his full-length screenplay of Butch; his collected works are also worth checking out). This final segment is another gift--a toolbox--for the aspiring screenwriter. Goldman takes newspaper clippings and other ideas and asks the reader to diagnose their cinematic possibilities. Goldman also gives us a new screenplay he's written (The Big A), which is analyzed--with brutal honesty--by other top writers. With its juicy facts and valuable sidebars on what makes good screenwriting, this is another entertaining must-read from the man who coined what has to be the most-quoted adage about movie-business success: "Nobody knows anything." --Doug Thomas --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
If you are interested in writing, you must read this book. I can't begin to give a summary because the book is more like a stream-of-thought thesis than a structured narrative. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Michael Hatmaker
Really a tremendous read. I bought this book to better understand the frame narrative of The Princess Bride - written also by William Goldman. Read morePublished 7 months ago by jjw
I have everything he has written including his screenplays
If you don't have his novels or screenplays buy them
This journal is a good read
And an excellent text... Read more
If you like Mr. Goldman's writing style in his books/scripts, you will love this book that includes anecdotes, experiences and reflections of a true Hollywood insider. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. Sergio H. Sanchez
I enjoyed "Adventures in the Screen Trade" and thought this would measure up. It not only didn't, it makes Goldman come across as an arrogant, lazy, out-of-touch ass. Read morePublished 21 months ago by GatoRat
Goldman used most of his best anecdotes for his first screenwriting book. Which Lie Did I Tell gives us behind-the scene stories about casting (MISERY), ego (Ghost and the... Read morePublished on September 4, 2011 by Jake Gittes
If you are looking for a real insider's view into Hollywood, this book is it. How a screenplay comes into being, how many hands touch it, what happens when they get done with it... Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by Neil The Unreel
Great read but didn't help give this screenwriter a better feeling of the industry...but very entertaining!!Published on February 10, 2010 by Nichola P. Angelides
I made it as far as him saying that the screenwriter is the sole creative force of making movies: Production is just an assembly-line to get the script onto the screen. Read morePublished on November 20, 2009 by G. Feucht