Adventures in the Screen Trade : A Personal View of Hollywood, Paperback

Adventures in the Screen Trade : A Personal View of Hollywood Paperback

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As befits more than twenty years in Hollywood, Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman's sparkling memoir is as entertaining as many of the films he has helped to create.

From the writer of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men and Marathon Man, Adventures in the Screen Trade is an intimate view of movie-making, of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman and Hoffman, and of the trials and rewards of working inside the most exciting business in the world.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Films, cinema
  • ISBN: 9780349107059



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I've noticed that screenwriter William Goldman almost always gets a mention in the tv guide when one of his films is shown. I suspect most reviewers have an interest in screenwriting and cinema, and have therefore read this behind-the-scenes look at the workings of Hollywood. If they're anything like me, they came away enlightened, entertained and slightly shocked. He wrote 'Butch Cassidy', 'The Princess Bride' and 'All the Presidents' Men', and has the gravitas and connections that you don't doubt for a minute he's telling the truth as he explains the political chicanery that that surrounds directors, stars, agents and producers. There's a fondness beneath it all, however, and you get the impression that he firmly believes it's all worth it in the end, that film is so wonderful a thing. There's a good amount of writing advice, too. Along with its sequel 'Which lie did I tell?', it's a revealing glimpse of a world most of us will (thankfully) never have to navigate.

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I bought this book second-hand this year. It was me (? I) that was at fault with this book not the author. I hadn't realised it was written twenty-six years ago and also that I'm not an aspiring screen-writer so not looking for tips. If I'm honest I was probably wanting a little more insider gossip. Tut, tut.

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