By William Goldman
Now on hand as an e-book for the 1st time!
No one is aware the writer's Hollywood extra in detail than William Goldman. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling writer of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys and ladies Together, and different novels, Goldman now takes you into Hollywood's internal sanctums...on and behind the curtain for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, and different films...into the luxurious workplaces of Hollywood producers...into the operating lives of performing greats akin to Redford, Olivier, Newman, and Hoffman...and into his personal specialist studies and artistic notion strategies within the crafting of screenplays. You get a firsthand examine why and the way motion pictures get made and what parts make a very good screenplay. Says columnist Liz Smith, "You'll be interested.
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The continued repetition of conventional wisdom makes people feel like they are engaged in a useful and productive activity. According to Galbraith, the conventional wisdom that economists repeat to themselves is that consumer desires are the driving force and ﬁnal arbiter of success in a free-market economy. This wisdom rests on two propositions. ” The citizens of an afﬂuent society have fulﬁlled their desires for food, shelter, and basic security. But they nonetheless have urgent desires for luxury items.
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Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting by William Goldman