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Seducido por un relato de Paul Auster, el director de cine Wayne Wang lo convenció para que escribiera el guión de una película. El resultado, que combina la ascética elegancia de Wang y la inteligente imaginación del «más importante novelista de ideas de nuestros días» (Kirkus Review), es Smoke, premio especial del jurado y Oso de Plata en el festival de Berlín. Protagoni ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Anagrama (first published 1990)
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Sean Carlin
Jun 24, 2016 Sean Carlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating look into two very unusual films: the first, Smoke, a feature-length adaptation of a mere six-page story; the second, Blue in the Face, an improvised spin-off of Smoke shot over a period of just a few days.

Smoke is a really special movie -- a story about storytelling -- that doesn't at all feel like a by-the-numbers, three-act Hollywood production, which is likely owed to the fact that it was produced by Miramax during the '90s heyday of indie cinema, written by an accompli
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Bill
Feb 09, 2009 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The movie "Smoke" was my introduction to the work of Paul Auster, who is my favorite living fiction writer. "Smoke" is a great film and the screenplay is wonderful - a meditation on the fragility of life, fatherhood, and the power of money. This edition also contains the only post-modern, non-sentimental holiday story I'm aware of, the brilliant "Augie Wren's Christmas Story". I'd give this book 5 stars if it wasn't for the inclusion of the messy, experimental "Blue in the Face."
Nuska
Apr 13, 2014 Nuska rated it liked it
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"Mientras haya una persona que se la crea, no hay ninguna historia que no pueda ser verdad". (169).

Un magnífico Auster en una faceta hasta ahora desconocida para mí: la de guionista. Observándolo desde un punto de vista cinematográfico, su forma de trabar los destinos de sus personajes es muy adecuada para el Cine.
Brooklyn Follies podría ser una película de Woody Allen, Mr.Vértigo le iría bien a la mirada de Martin Scorsese y La música del azar sería un desafío cinematográfico en la línea de D
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Darin Strachan
This book is interesting from the p.o.v. how scriptwriting. There is an interview with Paul Auster about how the screenplay for Smoke evolved from a short story he wrote. The screenplay for Smoke is a better than the movie is to watch. Blue in the Face started as an improvised movie, so Auster gives the scene outlines he gave the actors. A few month later, more controlled scenes were written and the movie was pieced together. This book includes all of pieces that formed the film and the screenpl ...more
Jamie Sigal
Jul 29, 2011 Jamie Sigal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these movies and bought this screenplay book about twelve years ago and then promptly forgot all about it. I decided to read it the other night just for something light, easy, and fun, and that's exactly what I got. The author's and director's notes, and the prose version of Auggie Wren's Christmas Story make this not only a nice revisiting of two great movies, but an all-around great package for any fan of these films.
Ammon
Nov 26, 2010 Ammon rated it really liked it
Using this book as a great example of decent screenwriting by a novelist.

[2010] Set aside, remembered fondly. Still on hand for reference.
Noina
I had to read Smoke for school and thought it was hella boring and predictable.
Abtok
Jun 01, 2008 Abtok rated it it was amazing
PLEASE WRITE MORE LIKE THIS, PAUL!
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Worth your time. Outstanding.
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only read Smoke
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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Report from the Interior, Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Prix Médicis Étranger, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Premio Napoli. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Ac ...more
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