Since winning the Pulitzer for his Glengarry Glen Ross, playwright David Mamet has written only one original, full-length play, Speed-the-Plow--yet he has written nearly ten original screenplays. His movement in this direction is both surprising and, ironically, inevitable. Studied here are Mamets screenplays (such as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Were No Angels), the influence of film on his recent plays (The Shawl and Speed-the-Plow), his theory of directing refined from his "writerly" principles of montage storytelling, and the reciprocal impact of his films and plays are discussed. Particular emphasis is placed on the author-director relationship in House of Games and Things Change. A complete filmography includes his 1992 work on the film version of Glengarry Glen Ross and Hoffa.
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Playwright David Mamet brought his bleak vision to film as a screenwriter for several films, including The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) and The Untouchables (1987). His first directorial effort was House of Games (1987). Although the title is a minor misnomer because Brewer closely examines some of Mamet's plays as well, this book serves to show the obvious continuity in his dominant themes. Most of the book is devoted to the three films thus far directed by Mamet, but there is a look at his screenplays and his most recent screen work, including Hoffa and the film version of Glengarry Glen Ross. This is a cogent and worthwhile analysis of a possibly major director and a useful adjunct to Mamet's own book, On Directing Film ( LJ 1/91).
- Roy Liebman, California State Univ., Los Angeles
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"admirably focused [and] lucidly written" -- Choice
"shows the obvious continuity in [Mamet's] dominant themes. This is a cogent and worthwhile analysis" -- Library Journal
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Book Description Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0899508340