Most widely held works about David Mamet
Most widely held works by David Mamet
Glengarry Glen Ross : a play by David Mamet ( Book )
23 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,939 libraries worldwide
A story for everyone who works for a living. An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.
American buffalo : a play by David Mamet ( Book )
26 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in English and held by 1,729 libraries worldwide
Wag the dog ( Visual )
27 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,561 libraries worldwide
When the President is caught in a sex scandal less than 2 weeks before the election, "Mr. Fix-it" decides they need a war to distract the public's attention and he calls on Hollywood's top producer to create it.
Oleanna by David Mamet ( Book )
51 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in 9 languages and held by 1,501 libraries worldwide
In David Mamet's latest play, a male college instructor and his female student sit down to discuss her grades and in a terrifyingly short time become the participants in a modern reprise of the Inquisition. Innocuous remarks suddenly turn damning. Socratic dialogue gives way to heated assault. And the relationship between a somewhat fatuous teacher and his seemingly hapless pupil turns into a fiendishly accurate X ray of the mechanisms of power, censorship, and abuse.
A life in the theatre : a play by David Mamet ( Book )
17 editions published between 1975 and 1988 in English and held by 1,388 libraries worldwide
In the tradition of "The Prize," Kleveman gives readers the 21st-century chapter on the history, passion, and politics of oil and gas resources and the struggle to control them in a critical part of the world.
The verdict ( Visual )
22 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and held by 1,328 libraries worldwide
An alcoholic lawyer stumbles upon one last chance to redeem himself by taking on a controversial court case against seemingly insurmountable opposition.
Bambi vs. Godzilla : on the nature, purpose, and practice of the movie business by David Mamet ( Book )
13 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,269 libraries worldwide
Playwright and screenwriter Mamet gives us a subversive inside look at Hollywood from the perspective of a filmmaker who has always played the game his own way. Who really reads the scripts at the film studios? How is a screenplay like a personals ad? Whose opinion matters when revising a screenplay? Why are there so many producers listed in movie credits? And what do those producers do, anyway? Refreshingly unafraid to offend, Mamet provides hilarious, surprising, and bracingly forthright answers to these and other questions about virtually every aspect of filmmaking, from concept to script to screen. He covers topics ranging from "How Scripts Got So Bad" to the oxymoron of "Manners in Hollywood." He takes us step-by-step through some of his favorite movie stunts and directorial tricks, and demonstrates that it is craft and crew, not stars and producers, that make great films.--From publisher description.
Speed-the-plow : a play by David Mamet ( Book )
16 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in English and held by 1,236 libraries worldwide
Speed-the-Plow's Broadway run is the most recent triumph of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's astonishingly productive career. "By turns hilarious and chilling....the culmination of this playwright's work to date....Riveting theater."-Frank Rich, New York Times; "A brilliant black comedy, a dazzling dissection of Hollywood cupidity and another tone poem by our foremost master of the language of moral epilepsy... On its deepest level it belongs with the darker disclosures of movie-biz pathology like Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon. In a sense Speed-the-Plow distills all of these to a stark quintessence: there's hardly a line in it that isn't somehow insanely funny or scarily insane... [It is a] scathingly comic play."-Jack Kroll, Newsweek.
True and false : heresy and common sense for the actor by David Mamet ( Book )
12 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 1,159 libraries worldwide
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, director, and teacher gives us a blunt, irreverent, unsparingly honest guide to acting that overturns conventional truths and tells aspiring actors what they really need to know. David Mamet leaves no acting tenet untouched: How to judge the role, approach the part, work with the playwright. How to concentrate and think about the scene. How to avoid becoming the Paint-by-Numbers Mechanical Actor, the "How'm I Doing?" Ham Actor, the over-the-top "Hollywood Huff" Actor. The right way to undertake auditions and rehearsals. The proper approach to agents, to individual jobs, and to the business in general. The question of talent.
Sexual perversity in Chicago and The duck variations : two plays by David Mamet ( Book )
19 editions published between 1976 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,135 libraries worldwide
"'Sexual perversity in Chicago' is about two young men, Bernie and Danny, and two young women, Deborah and Joan, trying to sort out their sex lives amid filing cabinets and the nervous regimentation of the singles bar scene. 'The duck variations' is a dialogue between two old men sitting on a park bench. The conversation turns to the mating habits of ducks, but soon begins to reveal their feelings about natural law, friendship, and death." -- Back cover.
The village : a novel by David Mamet ( Book )
12 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Portuguese and held by 1,035 libraries worldwide
A very ordinary village in New England where nothing happens--in the street, that is, because inside people's heads action abounds, be that the hardware man on the verge of bankruptcy, or the hunter yearning for the good old days, or the local bimbo filled with sadistic fantasies. A study of characters and their interplay by the playwright who wrote American Buffalo.
Writing in restaurants by David Mamet ( Book )
15 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 977 libraries worldwide
Temporarily putting aside his role as playwright, director, and screenwriter, David Mamet digs deep and delivers thirty outrageously diverse vignettes. On subjects ranging from the vanishing American pool hall, family vacations, and the art of being a bitch, to the role of today's actors, his celebrated contemporaries and predecessors, and his undying commitment to the theater, David Mamet's concise style, lean dialogue, and gut-wrenching honesty give us a unique view of the world as he sees it.
On directing film by David Mamet ( Book )
23 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in 8 languages and held by 930 libraries worldwide
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.
The cryptogram by David Mamet ( Book )
12 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and Dutch and held by 875 libraries worldwide
In this gripping short play, David Mamet combines mercurial intelligence with genuinely Hitchcockian menace. The Cryptogram is a journey back into childhood and the moment of its vanishing - the moment when the sheltering world is suddenly revealed as a place full of danger. On a night in 1959 a boy is waiting to go on a camping trip with his father. His mother wants him to go to sleep. A family friend is trying to entertain them - or perhaps distract them. Because in the dark corners of this domestic scene, there are rustlings that none of the players want to hear. And out of things as innocuous as a shattered teapot and a ripped blanket, Mamet re-creates a child's terrifying discovery that the grownups are speaking in code, and that that code may never be breakable.
Heist ( Visual )
18 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and Multiple languages and held by 865 libraries worldwide
An accomplished thief has his career jeopardized after he's caught on security cameras during a job. Broke, he and his associates are blackmailed by their longtime fence into stealing Swiss gold bars from an airplane. As they plot the complicated score, he and his crew become suspicious of the relationship between his young wife and the fence's nephew, who has been planted on the crew to keep an eye on them for his uncle. Betrayals and backstabbings are the order of the day as they get closer to the payday of a lifetime.
The old religion by David Mamet ( Book )
21 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 862 libraries worldwide
A Jew in 1915 Atlanta is falsely accused of raping and murdering a woman employee of his factory and pays for it with his life. Based on real events, the novel looks at the precarious position of Jews in Christian society.
Reunion ; Dark pony : two plays by David Mamet ( Book )
9 editions published between 1979 and 1990 in English and held by 852 libraries worldwide
The Winslow boy ( Visual )
16 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 842 libraries worldwide
A barrister defends a 14-year-old naval cadet accused of stealing a postal money-order.
The secret knowledge : on the dismantling of American culture by David Mamet ( Book )
4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 781 libraries worldwide
For the past thirty years, David Mamet has been a controversial and defining force in theater and film, championing the most cherished liberal values along the way. His characters have explored the ethics of the business world, embodied the struggles of the oppressed, and faced the flaws of the capitalist system. But in recent years Mamet has had a change of heart. He realized that the so-called mainstream media outlets he relied on were irredeemably biased, peddling a hypocritical, flawed worldview. In 2008 he wrote a controversial op-ed for The Village Voice, "Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal,'" in which he methodically eviscerated liberal beliefs. Now he goes much deeper, employing his trademark intellectual force and vigor to take on all the key political and cultural issues of our times, from religion to political correctness to global warming.--From publisher description.
State and Main ( Visual )
18 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 771 libraries worldwide
In order to save money on production costs, a movie production crew moves into a small town in Vermont. The crew soon discovers that their much needed "prop" has burned down, the star can't keep his pants zipped, the starlet won't take off her top and the locals want a piece of the action.
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