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Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade Paperback – February 20, 2001
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?Aspirants and aficionados alike ought to be queuing up outside bookstores all over America to lay hands on Which Lie Did I Tell? It?s that good.??The Washington Post
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From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride (he also wrote the novel), and the bestselling author of Adventures in the Screen Trade comes a garrulous new book that is as much a screenwriting how-to (and how-not-to) manual as it is a feast of insider information.
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.
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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.
If you're a writer, a reader, a Goldman fan or a film fanatic, this is for you. Far from being a theoretical text, Goldman delivers his own personal stories, his own insights into the film business as retold from his stellar career (which included two Academy Awards), extracts from his own screenplays and those of other well-established Hollywood writers, and an all round humourous approach to what is often viewed as a dry sort of process.
A great read. And one that makes me want to read the first of the series.
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Mind you, I was just mainly interested for the Hollywood stories but didn't care...Read more