Benjamin Svetkey
February 02, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Bambi vs. Godzilla

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
David Mamet
publisher
Pantheon
genre
Movies, Nonfiction

We gave it a C+

If you learn nothing else from Bambi vs. Godzilla, David Mamet’s book about Hollywood’s inner workings — based on the Oscar nominee’s own wheelings and dealings in L.A. — it’s that his vocabulary is a lot better than yours. Concupiscent? For a guy who writes such succinctly explicit dialogue, his prose can get grossly verbose. Mamet’s observations on the film industry aren’t exactly illuminating — he’s shocked, shocked, to find that there’s greed and bad taste going on here — but at least he offers some savvy words of wisdom to prospective screenwriters. ”Storytelling,” he advises, ”is like sex. We all do it naturally. Some of us are better at it than others.”

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