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Film Flam: Essays on Hollywood

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A noted screenwriter himself, Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry knows his Hollywood. In Film Flam, he takes a funny, original, and penetrating look at the movie industry and gives us the truth about the moguls, fads, flops, and box-office hits.

With successful movies and television miniseries made from several of his novels -- Terms of Endearment, The Last Picture Show,
ebook, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1987)
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Mar 20, 2009 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a fascinating view of Hollywood and screenwriting. Sometimes depressing, sometimes sad, but entertaining enough for me to read it cover to cover.
Mar 26, 2009 Rickeclectic rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: would be screenwriters
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Larry McMurtry essays on film. He has a good pedigree to talk about it, since he has many years as a writer and as a screenwriter. He has some good things to say about the craft of screenwriting. The book was from 1987. The essays start well and gradually peter out. He even has an essay near the end which is called The Last Movie Column and pretty much says he is tired of writing about film. Then we get several more essays.

Nonetheless, here are a few gems from the earlier essays (and remember th
Sep 27, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A collection of columns and essays printed in the 70's and early 80's. Insightful at the time, both prophetic and nostalgic now.
Paul Parsons
I read this only because I'm working my way through McMurtry. It was interesting to see the author's take on Hollywood and moviemaking 25 years ago. More interesting perhaps was his personal reactions to being swept into the Hollywood scene when some of his books were adapted to the big screen. McMurtry also lived through the time of television coming into competion with movie theaters. More of interest to history buffs than recreational readers.
Mar 02, 2008 allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Depressed writers and film buffs
A pretty swell collection of essays about screenwriting (in the first half of the book) and film in general (second half). The writing is smart and entertaining, and he's got an interesting vantage point--he manages to be both an insider and outsider in the movie biz. His honesty about the craft and business of writing was very comforting to me. I liked it!
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Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays.

Among many other accolades he was the co-winner of an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Brokeback Mountain in 2006.

Larry McMurty was born in Wichita Falls Texas in 1936. His first published book Horseman, Pass By was
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