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Mamet, David

Works: 1,347 works in 4,935 publications in 14 languages and 110,004 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Acting editions  Gangster films  Comedy plays  Comedy films  Political films  Crime films  Fiction  History 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Director, Producer, Creator, Contributor, Scenarist, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, Adapter, Narrator, Conceptor, Other, Author of introduction, Performer, Restager , fmd, Film editor, vac, wpr, Editor
Classifications: PS3563.A4345, 812.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David Mamet
Glengarry Glen Ross : a play by David Mamet( Book )

124 editions published between 1982 and 2019 in 8 languages and held by 3,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This scalding comedy is about small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their fair share of the American dream
American buffalo : a play by David Mamet( Book )

87 editions published between 1975 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 2,591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two neighborhood punks and the owner of a junk shop plot to burglarize a coin collector's apartment. They fail because of inertia, ineptitude and mutual distrust, but remain bound together by their helpless frustration. 2 acts, 3 men, 1 interior
Oleanna by David Mamet( Book )

119 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 2,097 WorldCat member 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"--Page 4 of cover
The untouchables by Brian De Palma( Visual )

109 editions published between 1987 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 2,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A larger-than-life depiction of Al Capone, the warlord who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago ... and Eliot Ness, the law enforcer who vowed to bring him down. In this classic confrontation between good and evil, Ness learns, with the help of a cop named Malone, how to beat the mob by shooting fast and shooting first
Wag the Dog by Barry Levinson( Visual )

65 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the President is caught in a sex scandal less than two weeks before the election, his Washington spinmaster decides they need a war to distract the public's attention so he calls on Hollywood's top producer to create it
A life in the theatre : a play by David Mamet( Book )

50 editions published between 1975 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1977 play focuses on the relationship between two actors: Robert, the stage veteran, and John, the young promising actor. They are involved in a number of productions, and gradually their relationship changes
Race : a play by David Mamet( )

31 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A play with a cast of four that discusses race from multiple points of view
Speed-the-plow : a play by David Mamet( Book )

60 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,776 WorldCat member 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
Hannibal by Ridley Scott( Visual )

99 editions published between 2000 and 2020 in 6 languages and held by 1,634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of Dr. Hannibal Lecter's surviving victims is poised to enact sweet revenge on the world's most feared cannibal. FBI agent Clarice Starling is brought back on the case when Lecter decides to come out of retirement to face his adversary
Chicago : a novel by David Mamet( Book )

30 editions published in 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A big-shouldered, big-trouble thriller set in mobbed-up 1920s Chicago--a city where some people knew too much, and where everyone should have known better--by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Untouchables and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Glengarry Glen Ross. Mike Hodge--veteran of the Great War, big shot of the Chicago Tribune, medium fry--probably shouldn't have fallen in love with Annie Walsh. Then, again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge. In Chicago, David Mamet has created a bracing, kaleidoscopic page-turner that roars through the Windy City's underground on its way to a thunderclap of a conclusion. Here is not only his first novel in more than two decades, but the book he has been building to for his whole career. Mixing some of his most brilliant fictional creations with actual figures of the era, suffused with trademark "Mamet Speak," richness of voice, pace, and brio, and exploring--as no other writer can--questions of honor, deceit, revenge, and devotion, Chicago is that rarest of literary creations: a book that combines spectacular elegance of craft with a kinetic wallop as fierce as the February wind gusting off Lake Michigan"--
Glengarry Glen Ross by James Foley( Visual )

106 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Times are tough at the real estate firm of Premiere Properties. Shelley "the machine" Levene (Lemmon) and Dave Moss (Harris) are veteran salesmen, but only Ricky Roma (Pacino) is on a hot streak. The new Glengarry sales leads could turn everything around, but the front office is holding them back until these "losers" prove themselves. Then someone decides to take matters into his own hands, stealing the Glengarry leads and leaving everyone wondering who did it
Sexual perversity in Chicago and The duck variations : two plays by David Mamet( Book )

36 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two young couples sort out their sex lives in a world of office files and singles bars, and two old men sitting on a park bench reveal their attitudes toward life while discussing the mating habits of ducks."--Provided by publisher
True and false : heresy and common sense for the actor by David Mamet( Book )

25 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, director, and teacher presents 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, and 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 and the question of talent
Bambi vs. Godzilla : on the nature, purpose, and practice of the movie business by David Mamet( Book )

26 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,217 WorldCat member 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
The secret knowledge : on the dismantling of American culture by David Mamet( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,193 WorldCat member 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
3 uses of the knife : on the nature and purpose of drama by David Mamet( Book )

39 editions published between 1996 and 2020 in English and held by 1,170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, poet, essayist, and director, David Mamet celebrates the absolute necessity of drama - and the experience of great plays - in our lurching attempts to make sense of ourselves and our world. In three tightly woven essays of characteristic force and resonance, Mamet speaks about the connection of art to life, language to power, imagination to survival, the public spectacle to the private script. The essays in the book are an eloquent reminder of how life is filled with the small scenes of tragedy and comedy that can be described only as drama. Mamet also writes of bad theater; of what it takes to write a play, and the often impossibly difficult progression from act to act; the nature of soliloquy; the contentless drama and empty theatrics of politics and popular entertainment; the ubiquity of stage and literary conventions in the most ordinary of lives; and the uselessness, finally, of drama - or any art - as ideology or propaganda. Self-assured, filled with autobiographical touches, and attentive to the challenges to theater presented by a media world of simulacra, this book is a bracing call to art and to arms, a manifesto that reminds us of the singular power of the theater to keep us sane, whole, and human
The verdict by Sidney Lumet( Visual )

80 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An alcoholic lawyer stumbles upon one last chance to redeem himself by taking on a controversial court case against seemingly insurmountable opposition
The Winslow boy by David Mamet( Visual )

52 editions published between 1999 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A barrister defends a 14-year-old naval cadet accused of stealing a postal money-order
On directing film by David Mamet( Book )

38 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,067 WorldCat member 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. --
Heist by David Mamet( Visual )

42 editions published between 2001 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A jewel thief's nephew is sent along on a heist to ensure a longtime partner in crime stays honest about the division of the loot
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Glengarry Glen Ross : a play
American buffalo : a playOleannaThe untouchablesA life in the theatre : a playRace : a playSpeed-the-plow : a playHannibalGlengarry Glen Ross
Alternative Names
David Mamet

David Mamet Amerikaans filmregisseur

David Mamet amerikansk regissör, manus- och pjäsförfattare och skribent

David Mamet dramaturg i reżyser amerykański

David Mamet dramaturge, acteur, producteur, réalisateur, scénariste et essayiste américain

David Mamet drammaturgo, sceneggiatore e regista statunitense

David Mamet US-amerikanischer Drehbuchautor, Dramatiker, Filmregisseur, Schriftsteller

Hamet, David 1947-

Mamet David

Mamet, David 1947-

Mamet David Alan

Mamet, David Alen 1947-

Mammet, David 1947-

Memet, David

Memet, David 1947-

Weisz Richard

Weisz, Richard 1947-

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Дейвид Мамет

Дэвид Мэмет

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Мэмет, Дэвид

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