Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business

Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business

David Mamet / May 21, 2019

Bambi vs Godzilla On the Nature Purpose and Practice of the Movie Business From the Academy Award nominated screenwriter and playwright an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from a filmmaker who s always played by his own rules Who really reads the scripts at

  • Title: Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business
  • Author: David Mamet
  • ISBN: 9781400034444
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the Academy Award nominated screenwriter and playwright an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from a filmmaker who s always played by his own rules Who really reads the scripts at the film studios How is a screenplay like a personals ad Why are there so many producers listed in movie credits And what on earth do those producers do anyway RefreshiFrom the Academy Award nominated screenwriter and playwright an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from a filmmaker who s always played by his own rules Who really reads the scripts at the film studios How is a screenplay like a personals ad Why are there so many producers listed in movie credits And what on earth do those producers do anyway Refreshingly unafraid to offend, Mamet provides hilarious, surprising, and refreshingly forthright answers to these and other questions about every aspect of filmmaking from concept to script to screen A bracing, no holds barred examination of the strange contradictions of Tinseltown, Bambi vs Godzilla dissects the movies with Mamet s signature style and wit.

    Bambi vs Godzilla On the Nature, Purpose Sharp, savvy Icily hilarious Mr Mamet writes with insight, idiosyncrasy and a Godzillian imperviousness to opposition Janet Maslin, The New York Times Winningly pugnacious Bambi vs Godzilla is funny and angry and intemperate and passionate enough to tell the truth about movies San Francisco Chronicle This is a book infused with love the sweet Mothra vs Godzilla Mothra vs Godzilla , Mosura tai Gojira is a Japanese science fiction film directed by Ishir Honda and stars Akira Takarada, Kenji Sahara and Hiroshi Koizumi.It is the fourth film in the Godzilla franchise The film was released as Godzilla vs the Thing in the United States with some small edits involving scenes being shortened and a scene involving the American Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla , Gojira Tai Mekagojira is a Japanese science fiction kaiju film featuring Godzilla, produced and distributed by Toho.The film is directed by Jun Fukuda, with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano and stars Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Gor Mutsumi, and Akihiko Hirata, with Isao Zushi as Godzilla, Kazunari Mori as Mechagodzilla, and Godzilla vs the Sea Monster Akira Takarada Godzilla vs the Sea Monster Original Japanese title Ebirah Horror of the Deep is the first truly great Godzilla movie since the original classic.

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      • David Mamet

        David Alan Mamet is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and film director His works are known for their clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing, as well as for his exploration of masculinity.As a playwright, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross 1984 and Speed the Plow 1988 As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The Verdict 1982 and Wag the Dog 1997.His recent books include The Old Religion 1997 , a novel about the lynching of Leo Frank Five Cities of Refuge Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy 2004 , a Torah commentary, with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner The Wicked Son 2006 , a study of Jewish self hatred and antisemitism and Bambi vs Godzilla, an acerbic commentary on the movie business.


    1. Bambi vs. Godzilla is the name of a much-beloved movie short from many, many years ago. It of course was followed by the similarly brief, “Bambi’s Revenge”. In the context of this review, however, it is a book by acclaimed author, playwright, and filmmaker, David Mamet.In this witty (at times hilarious) reflection on the movie business, the author discusses everything about the film industry that he and we (little gossips that we are) want to know. As far as how the business operates and h [...]

    2. The heart of the matter. The man behind the curtain. The process of filmmaking condensed down to its very basic elements with a wry sense of humor written just for the most masochistic job in the industry: the screenwriter. If you like your coffee black, your toast dry and your yogurt plain, this is for you. Expect mysteries to be solved and dreams to dissolve. In a good way.

    3. A good line: Q. Is it possible to engross the audience when the end of the quest is already known?Yes. Mark Twain wrote of U.S. Grant's personal memoirs that they were so well written as to make one wonder who was going to win the Civil War.The book itself was a tough read. He seems to try to make his points in such an obtuse manner that it's difficult to understand his point.He asks the question, what does a producer do. But never fully answers it. I like his brief description of a scene from t [...]

    4. While dismissing critics, this book is a critique. While writing that dialogue and talking are not as important as the scenes in a movie (that in fact, silent movies were perhaps better) he uses many and big words in his sentences. The ax that he suggests one uses in the cutting room clearly wasn't used in the book. And that's what a successful writer/director does. He who rides, decides. There be gold among the rocks in this book, but gold shared from other sources: a career soldier who counsel [...]

    5. What was I thinking. Just because I like one of his screenplays (Wag the Dog) and two of his films (The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy) I figured I'd enjoy this book. NWJ. Not only is it written in a semi-stream of consciousness style, he doesn't name names and specify the films of which he's critical. ONE saving grace: the appendix in the back is an exhaustive, alphabetical listing of every single film he references in the book. So that was a boon to my Netflix. Proceed with caution.

    6. I got this book from the library and I have to say that it was a funny book to read.  Just its title alone--a knowing reference to one of the more famous short films of the late 1960's--gives an idea of the sort of humorous writing that this book will contain.  And, truth be told, this book is clearly written to an insider audience.  Anyone who reads this book will care a lot about the movie business and will likely be a writer, as it seems that writers are those who read books for the most p [...]

    7. Безжалостен поглед към света на киното от един вътрешен човек, който е жив класик на американската драматургия, както и действащ режисьор. Тези кратки есета всъщност представляват курс по сценарно писане, но и част от курс по актьорство и режисура.Мамет дава десетки пример [...]

    8. Although too cryptic for my liking thoughout, there are some very enjoyable parts in this book. I particularly enjoyed the section on "principles" which reminded me of the "golden rules of film" that I've contributed to in the past.*I liked his list of films which pass themselves off as expose or heartfelt when in reality the maker and the viewer seem to enjoy the whole thing - e.g. Canadian Love Story or The Green Mile. Likewise his disregard for marketers and their "focus groups" which can be [...]

    9. Mamet has this annoying habit of characterizing those who disagree with his views as either neurotic or delusional, and occasionally comes off as a bit of a prig. A lot of his jokes fall flat. He completely misunderstands "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol". But when he's on, he's on - and America's foremost playwright has piercing observations on the art and business of film. His views on storytelling and film genre are particularly illuminating, and Mamet is at his iconoclastic bes [...]

    10. I enjoy David Mamet's movies (and plays) very much, so was slightly disappointed with this book. He certainly has a funny, casual, easily readable style, and he knows his subject, having worked in Hollywood for 30 years or so. But the book is broken into many many short chapters, many of which are just 3 or 4 pages long, so it was difficult for me to really settle in. He'd bring up a topic, relte a pithy anecdote, then move along. Time after time I found myself wishing that he'd slow down, give [...]

    11. Fucking perfect. I am never, ever gonna even try and explain anything about the show business, or screenwriting, or Jews, ever again. I can never do it as well as Mamet has here. If you are interested in the above-listed thingsis is your book.Favorite quote: "The audience will not suffer, wonder, discover or rejoice to any extent greater than to which the writer has been subjected."Oh.

    12. He certainly isn't a fan of producers. As a screenwriter, I found his insight into storytelling in screenwriting to be enlightening and inspiring. His writing, though, was a little extravagant and bombastic, as well as, at times, inaccessible, but I was with him in what he had to say on the subject of film and the entertainment industry. It was engaging.

    13. His passion is good, but he rambles like an idiot. I don't care how many brilliant plays and screenplays he's written, he can't write an essay to save his life. I didn't even read more than like twenty pages of this book, but who cares.

    14. Mamet writing about the "nature" of Hollywood. Scathing, hilarious, and honest. Most of these were published elsewhere and are available via google search, but a centralized collection is worth the investment.

    15. Mamet is one of my favorite screenwriters. His style is terse and no-nonsense, and he brings his wit and years of acquired wisdom to a tell-all commentary on the movie industry. Good summer reading for movie buffs.

    16. Psychoanalysis is an attempt to discern in ostensibly unconnected actions and images a simple, hidden, unifying theme and, as such, may be seen as the absolute and perfect inversion of the dramatist's work.The dramatist begins with a theme, or quest, and endeavors to describe its progression in ostensibly unconnected actions and images that will, at the quest's conclusion, be revealed as unified, and that revealed unity will simply state the theme, which revelation will--just as, theoretically, [...]

    17. This is being reprinted from my website Secure Immaturity. Please visit and comment:“For critics are a plague . . . And what of the ‘democratization of criticism,’ e.g online critics? Well, this approaches pure gossip, and, as such, it is of necessity messier and more truthful than its licensed brother print critics.”–David MametOuch. . pressure I guess. If any of you know me you know that I am kind of in art-love with David Mamet. He is my favorite playwright and his movies always [...]

    18. this book again has some great insights if you can manage to stay focused while he rambles on in very higher education philosophical English.

    19. Из архивите - рецензия за в. "Гласове".Една четвърт от населението на България живее в столицата, където – с много въображение – се наброяват едва четири салона за алтернативно кино, като под "алтернативно" разбирам различно по жанр, стил, география и епоха от американските [...]

    20. Бамби срещу Годзилаили може би по-правилното заглавие е "Разпилените мисли и есета на едно мрънкало". Да, Мамет е написал сценариите на няколко големи филма, но като гледам ужасяващо слабото му умение да пише каквото и да било, ми се струва, че силата на тези филми се дължи на [...]

    21. David Mamet’s book delves into the ‘Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business’ in other words it is about storytelling and the aspects of creation that work against doing your best work. Rather than drone on about how smart the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and author is in this book, I thought I would drop a quote or two. As if the brilliant script for Glengarry Glen Ross were not enough of a statement to his knowledge of the craft, Mamet drops this on screenwriting…‘An [...]

    22. Mamet is a fabulous, opinionated dramatist and screenplay writer. This acerbic volume, an extended essay about Hollywood is very revealing about his unique POV about Tinseltown and his tastes. While I am a big fan of his muscular (masculine) approach, I found some of his views weird and not as brilliant as usual.Mamet stands behind men and masculinity and on this, I agree completely. He sees the world much as I do - and that is no surprise as we share a lot of the same background. He values the [...]

    23. I greatly enjoy reading books about the inner workings of Hollywood, not specifically from the actor/producer standpoint, but from the less hot-shot and A list people like writers, cameramen, or even just critics. William Goldman's "Who Killed Hollywood" is one of my favorite books and one I always refer to when thinking about movies. And for this reason I picked up Bambi vs. Godzilla. While I have seen some of David Mamet's movies before, this is my fist experience with his writing. I know the [...]

    24. BAMBI vs. GODZILLA. (2009). David Mamet. ****.It took me about three pages into this collection of essays to realize that I had read it before. It was such a good collection, however, that I took the time to read my favorite sections all over again. In it, Mamet manages to relate his experiences in the world of movie making. We soon learn who producers are and what it is that they do. We also learn about some of the other crafts that are required to make a film – both good and bad. The author [...]

    25. In a series of trenchant, witty, cutting, and brief essays, Mamet lays out what is fairly obvious but probably bears repetition: producers and studios are capitalist swine, the nature of whose jobs force them to denigrate drama and art, while ceaselessly striving for the quickest way to recreate yesterday’s hit. Scripts and writers are valued less even than the belittled work crews, so needless rewrites are brought in until the prediction comes true: the script is, now, terrible. Lack of civil [...]

    26. This essay is a scathing review of the movie industry. I could not get past page 192 if you literally lit a fire under my behind. David Mamet's opinionated nature comes through loud and clear; to the point that it is painfully obvious that he is writing about particular people without ever actually naming them. I just could not read any more of that poor person getting so thoroughly lampooned.I do however agree with his position on the audition though. A jury cannot decide what an audience will [...]

    27. Two thirds of the book consists of David Mamet showing off his vocabulary, and is cryptic and off-putting. The middle third, however, is engaging and enlightening and should be handed out in freshman film school classes. Here, Mamet discusses how to properly write a script, where to start, where to end, how the hero needs to change, etc. It's Joseph Campbell all over again, but terse. He dissects different genres, skewering some, praising others. He talks about prestige pictures and how they're [...]

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