On Directing Film

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Penguin, 1991 - Performing Arts - 107 pages
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According to David Mamet, a film director must, above all things, think visually. Most of this instructive and funny book is written in dialogue form and based on film classes Mamet taught at Columbia University. He encourages his students to tell their stories not with words, but through the juxtaposition of uninflected images. The best films, Mamet argues, are composed of simple shots. The great filmmaker understands that the burden of cinematic storytelling lies less in the individual shot than in the collective meaning that shots convey when they are edited together. Mamet borrows many of his ideas about directing, writing, and acting from Russian masters such as Konstantin Stanislavsky, Sergei M. Eisenstein, and Vsevelod Pudovkin, but he presents his material in so delightful and lively a fashion that he revitalizes it for the contemporary reader. -- From Amazon.com.

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User Review  - dagseoul - LibraryThing

With his lectures on how to direct a scene, Mamet speaks as much to the writers in his audience as he does to his film students. I'd love to use this in an intro to creative writing workshop the next time I teach. Read full review

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User Review  - Whicker - LibraryThing

Mamet makes full use of Socratic Dialog in this short work. The to-the-point title might scare off those who are not deeply into film, but Mamet's easy to read yet highly interesting style is accessible to all. Read full review

Contents

STORYTELLING
1
WHERE DO YOU PUT THE CAMERA?
9
COUNTERCULTURAL ARCHITECTURE AND DRAMATIC STRUCTURE
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David Mamet 's Glengarry Glen Ross won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1984. He is also the author of Writing in Restaurants and On Directing Film, both available from Penguin.

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