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by Millard Kaufman

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  • ISBN 1893329038
  • ISBN13 978-1893329034
  • Language English
  • Author Millard Kaufman
  • Publisher Really Great Books (April 1, 1999)
  • Pages 265
  • Formats mbr lrf txt azw
  • Category Humour
  • Subcategory Movies
  • Size ePub 1204 kb
  • Size Fb2 1534 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 571

Part Hollywood history, part history of the art of storytelling, this title is infused with Kaufman's wit, intelligence and love of words. The plots are those of classic films from the 1940s, and the characters are the bosses, bombshells and bad boys of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Pauline Kael on Millard Kaufman's Academy Award-Nominated screenplay Bad Day at Black Rock. This book is more history than a craft how too. It's more stories and the writers career choices than a book on screenwriting.

Pauline Kael on Millard Kaufman's Academy Award-Nominated screenplay Bad Day at Black Rock. Hardcover: 265 pages. Publisher: Really Great Books (April 1, 1999).

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Millard Kaufman (March 12, 1917 – March 14, 2009) was an American screenwriter and novelist. His works include the Academy Award-nominated Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). He was also one of the creators of Mr. Magoo. Kaufman was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated from the Baltimore City College (high school). He eventually graduated from Johns Hopkins University after work as a merchant seaman. After that, he moved to New York City, taking a job as copyboy for the New York Daily News.

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Molace
This book was recommended by a prof from UCLA on YouTube. I found the beginning slow with information and heavy with anecdotes, but then it as the book continued, the pertinent information, helpful to writers, instead of simply entertaining began to prove that it was worth the purchase.

I think that the information gleaned from this book is not "how to" but more for those who think about information, mull it over and learn to incorporate ideas by thoughtful moments spent thinking about this book after you have set it down, i.e., read a chapter and think about it as you drive to the store.....while still paying attention to the road!
Painwind
Entertaining and useful - something of an outlier in screenwriting tomes.
Jox
This book is categorized by poor writing: it is verbose and long-winded with convulated sentence structures that are difficult to decipher. There are a few interesting points/tips, but it takes forever to get to them.
Elildelm
This book is more history than a craft how too. It's more stories and the writers career choices than a book on screenwriting.
Ielonere
on-time, good price
Modifyn
I think the reason I didn't like this book as much as some of the other readers is that I was looking for a book on the 'how-tos' of screenwriting, and as one of the main reviews on this page indicates, this book has been hyped as setting a "new standard in screenwriting instruction." It doesn't. It's more accurate to say that the book is Millard Kaufman's memoir of working in the Hollywood studio system, leavened with occasional generalities about writing. Not that these generalities aren't valuable, but it takes Kaufman *more than 100 pages* to start talking about the art of writing. That isn't what you want or expect from an "instructional" book.
Also, anyone with a writing background will disagree with many of Kaufman's generalities. He says that one should never ask for a critique of one's work from another writer, because of, among other things, other writers' jealousy of good work. The *day after* I read that, I met with a fellow playwright who gave me two hours of insightful critique on a play I'd just completed. In another place, Kaufman says, "Readers are only conscious of seeing words on a page when the narrative is so boring or so confused that you can't picture it." I can think of James Baldwin and others as counterexamples.
The point is that when you start questioning Kaufman's generalities, he hasn't presented enough material about the craft of writing to make you trust the rest of the book. I can only recommend this book marginally, since some of the material may be useful if only because it reinforces what you've learned elsewhere. But this definitely should not be high on someone's list.
Connorise
Anyone who loves stories of old Hollywood or anyone who appreciates a good story, wonderfully and wittily written, will appreciate this book. Kaufman captures the nuttiness of Hollywood - he is an iconoclast in the best sense, having lived the experiences himself. Also wonderful to read are the vignettes scattered throughout by contemporary screenwriters, including the writers for "Seinfeld," for "Thelma and Louise," and many others. The pictures in the middle of the book, which include beautiful shots of Elizabeth Taylor, Monty Clift, and Eva Marie Saint, make the book worthwhile in themselves. Anyone who has struggled with writers' block, even doing a paper for school, will appreciate what Kaufman has to say on this subject. The book is a pleasure to read - fast and funny.
As a working screenwriter and WGA member, I'm dismayed to see the growing number of poor quality screenwriting books by authors who have little or no experience in the movie business and are simply trying to make a buck at the reader's expense. Millard Kaufman's wise, biting, funny, edgy book is a breathtaking exception to this sad trend. If you only have money to buy one screenwriting book, buy this one. If you have more money, buy two copies and give one to a friend. Kaufman knows his stuff from decades of working in the trenches. Buy it, read it, enjoy it, learn from it. You won't be sorry. [As a matter of disclosure, I know of Mr. Kaufman as a WGA board member, having seen him speak at meetings. I do not know him personally, however, nor does he know me.]