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William Goldman: Five Screenplays (Applause Screenplay) Hardcover – February 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Applause Screenplay
  • Hardcover: 618 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557832668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557832665
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Goldman (b. 1931) is an Academy Award-winning author of screenplays, plays, memoirs, and novels. His first novel, The Temple of Gold (1957), was followed by the script for the Broadway army comedy Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole (1961). He went on to write the screenplays for many acclaimed films, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and All the President's Men (1976), for which he won two Academy Awards. He adapted his own novels for the hit movies Marathon Man (1976) and The Princess Bride (1987).

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ken Mora on September 5, 2003
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Just go ahead and try to write a screenplay like William Goldman and you'll get slammed!
Yet despite the "flowery phrasing" the author of some of cinema's greatest screenplays is a master at getting you to play the movie in your head! It's the great ones that get to break the rules.
Every script is an enjoyable read, instantly and visually compelling, and a real lesson for writers on how to use language to give Actors, Directors, Cinematographers, and Script supervisors what they need to know as poetically and economically as possible.
I particularly enjoyed reading about the decisions that went into the making of The Great Waldo Pepper. As a kid, this movie really turned me around. It was a life affirming tragedy and it painted an emotional picture of a man's life using every color on this writer's pallette. Worth the price for this one alone!
All the essays prefacing the screenplays are a fascinating read, and a window into a facet of film history.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alan steiner on November 11, 2012
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Contained camera instructions that Goldman did not write. Only had brief comments by Goldman. Almost no explanation of why the reader or audience would care about the main characters.
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