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On Directing Film by David Mamet
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really liked it

A tremendously easy read.

Mamet friends quite a bit of the book as a script between himself and student. The book is based on some lecture he gave, so he may be recreating real conversations or not. Either way, it makes for an enjoyable read. It provides a good deal of insight into his directing philosophy, whilst still feeling quite genuine and down to earth.

Mamet comes across, as many writers do when talking about their craft, as a no-nonsense sort of person. He tries to relay his thoughts in simple and clear terms, and seems to take great issue with doing the opposite.

I like what he has to say, and if you are interested in directing, or just interested in how a director might think, this is certainly a good starting point.

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Reading Progress

January 16, 2018 – Started Reading
January 16, 2018 – Shelved
January 20, 2018 – Finished Reading

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