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On Directing Film by David Mamet
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May 02, 2011

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Thought-provoking but also a little annoying. Mamet's metaphors don't really work for me - I'm not buying the comparisons of crafting a film to crafting shoes, homes, or chairs. He makes some really great points about simplicity, planning, and montage, but his tangential rants, while entertaining (he REALLY hates performance art) weaken his points. Also, this is very Western philosophy / dude-centric / arrogant professor-style and that bugged me. I know that's vague, but the lack of even theoretical females was so noticeable that I had to check the copyright date. 1991??? Really? But for someone like me who knows very little about film direction, this is an interesting little intro.
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