Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood by William Goldman

By William Goldman

As befits greater than 20 years in Hollywood, Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman's gleaming memoir is as exciting as a number of the motion pictures he has helped to create. From the author of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance child, all of the President's males and Marathon guy, Adventures within the display exchange is an intimate view of movie-making, of performing greats corresponding to Redford, Olivier, Newman and Hoffman, and of the rigors and rewards of operating contained in the most enjoyable enterprise on the planet.

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If they're not lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, it's back to the cattle calls and unemployment lines-or worse: television. Remaining a star over a period of time is a different story altogether-a story of talent and intelligence. Dudley Moore, from the beginning, was gifted and bright, Twenty years ago, he and three of his college peers were the sensation of the Broadway season in the revue Beyond the Fringe. Moore was then and is now a tremendous musician-pianist, composer-in addition to his chann as a performer.

They snuck over to New Jersey and worked, but only for the bread-the last thing they wanted was their name attached to anything they did. Also, it was not glamorous labor: Actors were automatically given other chores to do, such as sweeping up, doing carpentry, etc. One early matinee idol shocked his employers by declaring, when he reported for duty. " Then again, it was difficult for the public to find a favorite: During this "buccaneer" period, theatres would often change entire shows-up to sixty minutes of short featuresevery day.

I've been a fan for forty-six of my fifty-one years. Before I ever dreamed of entering the business, movies were an essential part of my life. And whatever theatre I walk into today, part of me, a large part of me, is still going to the Alcyon. . Part One Hollywood Realities Chapter one The Powers That Be It may well be pointless to try and isolate the great powers of the movie industry. Stars, studio executives, directors, and producers all circle in the same orbit, subject to the same gravitational laws.

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