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On Directing

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By (author) David Mamet

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 107 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 203mm x 13mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 30 January 1992
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0140127224
  • ISBN 13: 9780140127225
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 20,450

Product description

Calling on his unique perspective as playwright, screenwriter, and director of his own critically acclaimed movies, House of Games and Things Change, David Mamet illuminates how a film comes to be. He looks at every aspect of directing--from script to cutting room--to show the many tasks directors undertake in reaching their prime objective: presenting a story that will be understood by the audience and has the power to be both surprising and inevitable at the same time. Based on a series of classes Mamet taught at Columbia University's film school, On Directing Film will be enjoyed not only by students but by anyone interested in an overview of the craft of filmmaking.

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Author information

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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"Passion, clarity, commitment, intelligence--just what one would expect from Mamet." --Sidney Lumet

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Calling on this unique perspective as playwright, screenwriter, and director of his own critically acclaimed movies, House Of Games and Things Change, David Mamet illuminates how a film comes to be. He looks at every aspect of directing--from script to cutting room--to show the many tasks directors undertake in reaching their prime objective: presenting a story that will be understood by the audience and has the power to be both surprising and inevitable at the same time.