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David Mamet's take on Hollywood

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 18th 2006 9:06PM
David MametThe David Mamet article "Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business," which ran in Harper's a year or so ago, has been extended into book form and is due out from Pantheon on February 6th. Rush and Malloy over at the New York Daily News have an early glimpse at the book, which promises plenty of insider scoop and pithy analysis of Hollywood's behind-the-scenes wheelings and dealings from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and current producer of The Unit.

Sure to be among Mamet's most lasting quotes from the forthcoming book: "Hollywood is like cocaine. You cannot understand its attraction until you are doing it. And when you are doing it, you are insane." If the article on which the book is based is any indication, we won't be hearing anything terribly new about Hollywood from Mamet -- drugs, bad behavior, commerce triumphs over art always, etc. However, all of this will be said in the Mamet style - equal parts economy and filth. I'll be pre-ordering my copy today.

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