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Legendary film careers, Dissolved.

With Career View, The Dissolve (previously) offers an extensive survey, and critical summary, of a career in film. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 3, 2014 - 14 comments

Death of a Fucking Salesman

Glengarry Glen Ross endures mainly as a spectacular display of verbal warfare and alpha-male gamesmanship. There’s a musical quality to it, with a great composer and a great chorus hitting the complicated runs of broken dialogue and solos that weave into profane poetry and nuggets of philosophical wisdom. Perhaps the greatest sign of the movie’s success, owed equally to Mamet’s script and this cast, is that it does a great sales job in itself, convincing us that there’s nobility to men who lie for a living — a bill of goods we’re all too happy to buy. [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Sep 29, 2011 - 67 comments

Being able to write is like being the pretty girl at the party

David Mamet discusses free-market economists, studying Kaballah, Aristotle's conception of drama, Tennessee William's expensive habit, and his love for Sarah Palin. Oh, and his HBO movie about Phil Spector (whom he believes is innocent). Previously, previously, and previously.
posted by -->NMN.80.418 on Jun 12, 2011 - 80 comments

Davy we hardly knew ye

David Mamet, playwright and screenwriter has completed his migration to the right of the political spectrum. The Weekly Standard's Andrew Ferguson writes about it in "Converting Mamet."
posted by Trochanter on May 17, 2011 - 145 comments

Have you heard the one about David Mamet?

"You people can't order a cheese sandwich without mentioning the Holocaust," the Defense Attorney says. The Defendant complains: "I hired a goy lawyer. It's like going to a straight hairdresser."
In his new play "Romance", David Mamet takes on the possibility to finally bring peace to the Middle East by realigning Israeli and Palestinian spines, and discusses the alleged homosexuality of Wiiliam Shakespeare. Some critics didn't like Mamet's "take-no-prisoners", politically incorrect approach -- nor his use of ethnic and sexual stereotypes. As Mamet has said in the past, "I didn't realise it was my job to be politically acceptable".
posted by matteo on Mar 3, 2005 - 31 comments

Roger Ebert on Steve Martin.

Roger Ebert on Steve Martin. "He published a novel last year that was touching and true, and he is an expert on modern art, and he is capable of hosting the Academy Awards and starring in a David Mamet movie and writing for the New Yorker and, no doubt, brooding a lot."
posted by adrober on Nov 11, 2001 - 24 comments

David Mamet misses Shel Silverstein (NYT link).

David Mamet misses Shel Silverstein (NYT link). But, really, who doesn't?
posted by adrober on Oct 14, 2001 - 3 comments

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