History Creator / DavidMamet

19th Oct '17 8:18:22 AM dlchen145
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David Mamet is a renowned American author, playwright, essayist, screenwriter and film director. He was born in Chicago in 1947 and attended Goddard College in Vermont. He is currently married to actress Rebecca Pidgeon, who has appeared in many of his plays and films.

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David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is a renowned American author, playwright, essayist, screenwriter and film director. He was born in Chicago in 1947 and attended Goddard College in Vermont. He is currently married to actress Rebecca Pidgeon, who has appeared in many of his plays and films.
6th Oct '17 7:35:27 AM MackWylde
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* HumansAreBastards: In ''GlengarryGlennRoss'' the most 'good' of the bunch is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold at best. Everyone else is pretty much a bastard.


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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: More cynical, particularly in ''GlengarryGlenRoss''
20th Sep '17 8:34:16 PM PaulA
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* ''Boston Marriage''

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* ''Boston Marriage''''Theatre/BostonMarriage''



* ChromosomeCasting: ''Boston Marriage'', revolving around a lesbian romantic relationship, has only female characters. Mamet's impetus to write the play was criticism he had received that he was only able to write convincing male characters.
* GentlemanSnarker: Anna and Claire of ''Boston Marriage'' are female examples.
* MinimalistCast: ''Boston Marriage'' has only three characters: Anna and Claire, and the maid Catherine. Anna's and Claire's respective paramours influence the plot but never appear onstage.
13th Sep '17 2:17:42 AM PaulA
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* MinimalistCast: ''Boston Marriage'' has only three onstage characters.

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* MinimalistCast: ''Boston Marriage'' has only three onstage characters.characters: Anna and Claire, and the maid Catherine. Anna's and Claire's respective paramours influence the plot but never appear onstage.
13th Sep '17 2:16:14 AM PaulA
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!!Works by David Mamet that don't have their own pages include examples of:

* ChromosomeCasting: ''Boston Marriage'', revolving around a lesbian romantic relationship, has only female characters. Mamet's impetus to write the play was criticism he had received that he was only able to write convincing male characters.
* GentlemanSnarker: Anna and Claire of ''Boston Marriage'' are female examples.
* MinimalistCast: ''Boston Marriage'' has only three onstage characters.
* RapidFireInterrupting: ''Oleanna'', where Carol barely gets to finish a sentence in Act I.
* TragicHero: John in ''Oleanna''. A university lecturer about to get his tenure, with a loving wife and a payment on a house going through, decides to help a female student falling behind in his class. He makes a few off-the-cuff, inappropriate comments to the female student (he says "I'm not your father" in response to her wanting to be told want to do, he relates an anecdote about the rich copulating with less clothes on to the student), only to be told by the student in the next act that she's having him done for sexual harassment because of his comments.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: ''Heist'' is basically this trope extruded out for 90 minutes. Thankfully, all the double-crosses and surprises make sense at the very end.
13th Sep '17 2:06:18 AM PaulA
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* ''Film/{{Heist}}'' (writer/director)

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* ''Film/{{Heist}}'' ''Heist'' (writer/director)



* ''Film/PhilSpector'' (made-for-HBO movie starring Creator/AlPacino as the notorious record producer, and focusing on his murder trial)

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* ''Film/PhilSpector'' ''Phil Spector'' (made-for-HBO movie starring Creator/AlPacino as the notorious record producer, and focusing on his murder trial)
1st Jan '16 10:10:35 PM DanielCase
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* ''China Doll''
11th Feb '15 1:27:36 PM RushLimborg
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* ''Film/{{Heist}}'' (writer/director)



* ''Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1981'' (writer)



* ''Film/{{Heist}}'' (writer/director)
19th Mar '14 12:12:36 PM thesunisup
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Mamet is most famous for his plays, and the film versions thereof, which are frequently adapted by Mamet himself. These works are known best for [[MametSpeak clever, vulgar, and rapid-fire worldplay]]. His plays also tend to be written for smaller casts: ''American Buffalo'', ''Theatre/SpeedThePlow'', and ''Boston Marriage'', three of his best-known plays are all three-person plays. He has published more than thirty plays over his forty-year career.

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Mamet is most famous for his plays, and the film versions thereof, which are frequently adapted by Mamet himself. These works are known best for [[MametSpeak clever, vulgar, and rapid-fire worldplay]]. His plays also tend to be written for smaller casts: ''American Buffalo'', ''Theatre/AmericanBuffalo'', ''Theatre/SpeedThePlow'', and ''Boston Marriage'', three of his best-known plays are all three-person plays. He has published more than thirty plays over his forty-year career.



* ''American Buffalo''

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* ''American Buffalo''''Theatre/AmericanBuffalo''
9th Mar '14 4:20:23 PM BadSplice
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Beyond adapting (and often directing) the film versions of his own plays, Mamet has also written and directed original works for the screen, including ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' (writer), ''Film/{{Spartan}}'' (director), and ''Redbelt'' (writer and director). He also wrote the adapted screenplay to Brian De Palma's ''The Untouchables''. He is now in talks to direct another adaptation of ''Theatre/TheDiaryOfAnneFrank'' for 2010.

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Beyond adapting (and often directing) the film versions of his own plays, Mamet has also written and directed original works for the screen, including ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' (writer), ''Film/{{Spartan}}'' (director), and ''Redbelt'' (writer ([[BreadEggsBreadedEggs writer and director).director]]). He also wrote the adapted screenplay to Brian De Palma's ''The Untouchables''. He is now in talks to direct another adaptation of ''Theatre/TheDiaryOfAnneFrank'' for 2010.
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