Now available as an ebook for the first time! No one knows the writer's Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys and Girls Together, and other novels, Goldman now takes you into Hollywood's inner sanctums...on and behind the scenes for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, and other films...into the plush offices of Hollywood producers...into the working lives of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman, and Hoffman...and into his own professional experiences and creative thought processes in the crafting of screenplays. You get a firsthand look at why and how films get made and what elements make a good screenplay. Says columnist Liz Smith, "You'll be fascinated.… (more)
It may well be pointless to try and isolate the great powers of the movie industry.
And to all that talent let me say, where the hell have you been and I wish you joy... ...and may you ignore the critics when they attack you, and pay no attention to their praise... ...and may you please remember when your scenes are sludge, that screenplays are structure... ...and may you have peers as willing to improve your projects as you must be; treat them kindly, for they will save your ass many times over... ...and may you always remember "it's only a movie" but never forget there are lots worse things than movies—like politicians... ...and may you be lucky enough and skilled enough to make some glorious moments for all those people sitting out there in the dark, as earlier craftsmen created such moments for you... ...and finally and most of all... ...may all your scars be little ones....