2010: 19.-21. Three By Goldman

“It may well be pointless to try and isolate the great powers of the movie industry.”

Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman

Which Lie Did I Tell? William Goldman

The Big Picture, William Goldman

     These are three separate books by Academy-Award winning screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All The President’s Men) but they are all basically the same - a series of essays about writing, and specifically about writing for Hollywood.  They are absolutely great fun, though a little dated, and they make me long for Goldman (or someone else) to write this kind of chatty, name dropping book about more recent times.  They are fascinating if you’re interested in writing, or writing for film, or film in general, or even if you just like the way Goldman writes (think the “abridged” parts of his Princess Bride*).  He’s chatty and he has strong opinions and he names (at least some) names, and I’ve read all three of these books before, and yet devoured them on re-read.  Seriously, wish he’d write more.

*If you haven’t read The Princess Bride, turn off the computer, walk away from this blog and go get a copy.  If you love the movie, you will love it.  If you don’t love the movie, you will love it. It is just great.  P.S. if you don’t love the movie, I worry about you.  


Date/Place Completed: Feb-March 2010; D.C.

Categories: Non-Fiction; Re-Read

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