Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade

Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade Something odd, if predictable, became of screenwriter William Goldman after he wrote the touchstone tell all book on filmmaking, Adventures in the Screen Trade, he became a Hollywood leper Goldman opens his long awaited sequel by writing about his years of exile before he found himself again as a valuable writer in HollywoodFans of the two time Oscar winning writer Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President s Men have anxiously waited for this follow up since his career serpentined into a variety of big hits and critical bombs in the s and s Here Goldman scoops on The Princess Bride his own favorite , Misery, Maverick, Absolute Power, and others Goldman s conversational style makes him easy to read for the film novice but meaty enough for the detail oriented pro His tendency to ramble into other subjects may be maddening he suddenly switches from being on set with Eastwood to anecdotes about Newman and Garbo , but we can excuse him because of one fact alone he is so darn entertainingLike most sequels, Which Lie follows the structure of the original Both Goldman books have three parts stories about his movies, a deconstruction of Hollywood here the focus is on great movie scenes , and a workshop for screenwriters The paperback version of the first book also comes with his full length screenplay of Butch his collected works are also worth checking out This final segment is another gift a toolbox for the aspiring screenwriter Goldman takes newspaper clippings and other ideas and asks the reader to diagnose their cinematic possibilities Goldman also gives us a new screenplay he s written The Big A , which is analyzed with brutal honesty by other top writers With its juicy facts and valuable sidebars on what makes good screenwriting, this is another entertaining must read from the man who coined what has to be the most quoted adage about movie business success Nobody knows anythingDoug Thomas



10 thoughts on “Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade

  1. says:

    I m a sucker for William Goldman But this REALLY was useful I will say it was better than Part I An absolute must have on shelf for any screenwriter.While I took many notes, I know, like his first back, I willbe pulling this off of the shelf and using it as a reference.


  2. says:

    A classic every writer should read.


  3. says:

    I have been a big fan of Goldman s since college days I loved his novels like Temple of Gold and Marathon Man I loved his screen plays, particularly Butch Cassidy I loved his Adventures in the Screen Trade wherein he did a bit of kiss and telling However,this follow up is a bit too snarky and polished for me and fairly empty As a record of Goldman s continuing journey, it


  4. says:

    In this sequel to screenwriter William Goldman s first memoir, Adventures In The Screen Trade , basically carrying his memoirs forward to the time period 1980 2000, Goldman captures the appeal and basic readability and charm of volume one I think it s marginally inferior to its first book, but it s still very good.Goldman has a gift for writing amiable anecdotes about Hollywood


  5. says:

    I ll start this off by saying I love movies penned by William Goldman.I ll also say that, for my money, the novel of The Princess Bride is funnier than the movie.So with those two things in mind, join me as I walk through the economically depressed streets of San Pedro, CA I m there with a friend, killing time while we wait for the Lovecraft Festival to start up and next door to the


  6. says:

    Not as good as Adventures , but some really good stuff in here advice, observations, anecdotes, etc Still a valuable book He doesn t seem to like Brits too much seems to have had some difficult work experiences Another must read for aspiring screenwriters, but also plenty of useful content for aspiring writers of any kind And a good read.


  7. says:

    Fantastic book on the adventures of one of the most acclaimed Hollywood screenwriters, full of insightful information and a very sarcastic sense of humour Essential for every movie buff.


  8. says:

    William Goldman s his name might sound familiar because he s the author of the book The Princess Bride, and the film s screenplay follow up to Adventures in the Screentrade, Which Lie Did I Tell, covers his works post 1982 such as The Princess Bride, Misery and The Ghost and the Darkness While Adventures is about the happy accidents and why no one really knows anything about how to make movie magi


  9. says:

    Enjoyable follow up to William Goldman s excellent 80 s book Adventures In the Screen Trade At times repetitive and frustrating, Which Lie Did I Tell touches on perhaps too many things that were first brought up in Adventures In the Screen Trade His continual references to BUTCH CASSIDY THE SUNDANCE KID got annoying after awhile Not only does he mention the movie and his script throughout the book, Gol


  10. says:

    Screenwriter William Goldman has a lot of good stories to tell about working in Hollywood He is often very funny, and it is interesting to read about the genesis of his work in such films as Misery and The Ghost and the Darkness He even covers his one horrifyingly awful bomb The Year of the Comet, a film so bad I forgot it ever existed until I read this book.Goldman wants to use this book to help other scre


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