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Smoke and Blue in the Face: Two Films

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  406 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Smoke tells the story of Paul Benjamin, a novelist suffering from writer's block - as well as the death of his wife - who comes into contact with a young black kid who shakes Benjamin out of his lethargy and inspires him to begin writing again. It's a story of stealing and giving, lying and telling the truth, in which stealing turns out to be giving and lying turns out to ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published 1995 by Faber and Faber (first published 1990)
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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."
"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
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
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.
Using this book as a great example of decent screenwriting by a novelist.

[2010] Set aside, remembered fondly. Still on hand for reference.
Abbi Dion
Worth your time. Outstanding.
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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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