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Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade Kindle Edition
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"[A] shrewd and beguiling blend of Hollywood war stories, screenwriting shoptalk, and . . . unstinting joie de vivre."--The Boston Globe
"Goldman still proves a racously engaging guide to the business."--Variety
From the Inside Flap
If you want to know why a no-name like Kathy Bates was cast in Misery-it's in here. Or why Linda Hunt's brilliant work in Maverick didn't make the final cut-William Goldman gives you the straight truth. Why Clint Eastwood loves working with Gene Hackman and how MTV has changed movies for the worse-William Goldman, one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood today, tells all he knows. Devastatingly eye-opening and endlessly entertaining, Which Lie Did I Tell? is indispensable reading for anyone even slightly intrigued by the process of how a movie gets made.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00GVZMYVG
- Publisher : Vintage; Reprint edition (December 18, 2013)
- Publication date : December 18, 2013
- Language: : English
- File size : 2131 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 514 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #149,173 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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If it sounds like I am a William Goldman fanboy, it's probably because I am. A brand new one, mind you - this is the first of his writing I have ever read. But he is unique and interesting and, in my opinion, genius. Read this book. You will not be disappointed!
(Interesting aside: I started reading this book because someone somewhere mentioned that Mr. Goldman claims to have written the Good Will Hunting script in this book. In fact, he says just the opposite, but because he uses sarcasm, it seems that some people have misinterpreted his comments.)
Unfortunately, since I read Adventures in the screen Trade so recently (and he wrote it 20 years ago), a lot of the information--especially when he would talk about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid--seemed like he was repeating himself. It wasn't that bad, though. It was still fun to read it a second time around.
As with Adventures..., I loved the section at the end of the book where he included a screenplay and had people analyze it. It's very interesting to see what works and what doesn't in other people's eyes. It helps to give a good idea to what to include in my own screenplays.
Overall, it was a wonderful book--just not as good as the first one. C'est la vie.
Top reviews from other countries
In my opinion, this is a better read than ADVENTURES IN THE SCREEN TRADE. It generally deals with more mediocre movies than the first novel and Goldman writing about his challenges and failures is more insightful than his thoughts on his successes.