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Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    What I didn't expect

    I am a long time fan of Mr. Goldman's work. Half-way through my reading of this book I noticed something that stopped me in my tracks - his photo on the dust jacket. I was surprised to discover that I'd been reading William Goldman's books for 20 years and I'd never seen his face before. After reading very personal books, 'Adventures in the Screen Trade', 'The Season' and of course, 'The Princess Bride' (the last, all lies but TRUE ones,) I had formed my own picture of him, kind of like Brian Dennehy but with glasses. The next delightful surprise was the casual mention on page 151 that he is currently writing 'Buttercup's Baby', the Princess Bride sequel that he teased us with in the 25th Anniversary Edition of that book. And this book? Wonderful.There are anecdotes about hits, (Misery), flops (The Year of the Comet) and sleepers (Princess Bride.)Also examinations of great scenes by other writers (Orgasm scene from 'When Harry met Sally', Cropdusting scene from 'North by Northwest'), lots of ideas for new movies and possibly more than you want to know about 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.' Or, if you're a Goldman fan like me, maybe not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    A MUST

    This book is an amazing follow on to Adventures In The Screen Trade and simply is a must for anyone even thinking about a career in Hollywood. Well done Mr Goldman!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2000

    facinating, interesting, just hard to put down!!!!

    as i was walking through the land of cable t.v. i came upon a clearing and in this clearing i saw these two men discussing something with great intent, and as i was about to make my inquiry to what had held their interest, i was held back by their sheer enthasium and zeil, and the subject in question, it seems that the focal point of their discussion was that the one gentlemen had just finished reading a book titled 'which lie did i tell' by william goldman, and he was expressing these thoughts with great anamiation to the author mr Goldman himself!!!!! so i went to my nearest book store and purchased a copy of this book myself...and i have not looked back since...i cannot wait for the third enstallement!!! My compliments to Mr is a refreshing read!!! thank you, a thousands times thank you!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2000

    More exuberantly cynical romps through Babylon

    In his previous book about Hollywood, Adventures in the Screen Trade, legendary screenwriter Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, Misery, and on and on) gave us a buoyantly cynical inside look at how things really work in the film industry, from a writer's perspective. In a breezy style reminiscent of Tom Wolfe's (The Right Stuff) before he turned to fiction, Goldman generally avoided standard dish and instead tried to get us to understand the sorts of things go on, albeit using terrifically entertaining stories to illustrate his points. He's the one who put forth the seemingly innocuous but remarkably penetrating maxim about filmmaking -- 'Nobody knows anything' -- and then proceeded to prove the thesis beyond a reasonable doubt. Now, with the benefit of nearly two additional decades of experience, he revisits the scorched landscape he so deftly set fire to with the first book, and makes sure every square inch stays perfectly charred. This time, he concentrates more on the art and science of writing a screenplay, even going so far as to present a new one in its entirety, one which he invited half a dozen noted writers to critique mercilessly, which they did, said critiques he then gives us verbatim in all their unsullied mercilessness. I'm going to stop now -- I promised myself I would before I ended up writing a book-length review because there is so much to say. Let's leave it at this: Having flirted (only briefly but riotously) with the film business myself, I don't agree with all of his observations, but every one of them is reasonable and supremely entertaining. If you enjoy films and toweringly clever and acerbic writing, you will love this book.

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