Adult Nonfiction PS3557.O384 Z476 2000
Summary: As Goldman says in his introduction, screenplays are only about structure, and if that's true, then movies are only about story. Thus, this is a book about storytelling on film. The book is in three parts. The first part is called Adventures and, as in Adventures In The Screen Trade, it details, movie by movie, Bill's experiences -- good, bad, and ugly -- over the past 15 years. The first adventure is called "The Leper, " because there was a five year period -- 1980 to 1985 -- when Bill didn't work in Hollywood, when he couldn't get a job (something that happens to all screenwriters). Then comes a series of gossipy, terrifying, nasty, hilarious, and insightful stories, revolving around the following movies, all of which were written (at least partly) by Mr. Goldman: Memoirs Of An Invisible Man(starring Chew Chase), The Princess Bride (the happiest experience, along with Butch Cassidy, of Bill's career), Misery, The Year Of The Comet (his biggest flop -- and that's the subject of this adventure: how to deal with a full-fledged fiasco), Maverick, The Ghost And The Darkness (great stuff on Michael Douglas), and Absolute Power (when he finally got to work with his idol, Clint Eastwood, and where he had to throw out just about every single thing in the book on which the movie was based). This section deals with everything from how a star can ruin a movie, why Mandy Patinkin slapped Andre the Giant during the first day of rehearsal, how Bill almost ruined the movi
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