Creator / David Mamet

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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.

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 clever, vulgar, and rapid-fire worldplay. His plays also tend to be written for smaller casts: American Buffalo, Speed-the-Plow, 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.

Beyond adapting (and often directing) the film versions of his own plays, Mamet has also written and directed original works for the screen, including Ronin (writer), 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 The Diary of Anne Frank for 2010.

In addition to all of this, he has also written a number of books about the film and theatre industries, which are famous in their own right, some the most famous being Bambi Vs. Godzilla, Three Uses of the Knife, and On Directing Film. He even wrote a book on politics, The Secret Knowledge.

In 1984, Mamet received the Pulitzer Prize for his most well-known play Glengarry Glen Ross. He received Tony Award nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow, and Oscar nominations for his screenplays to The Verdict and Wag the Dog.

His play Race, opened on Broadway December 2009, currently stars Dennis Haysbert and Eddie Izzard, and directed by Mamet himself.

The Trope Maker, naturally, of Mamet Speak.

Works include:

Plays

Film

Television
  • The Unit (co-created with Shawn Ryan)
  • Phil Spector (made-for-HBO movie starring Al Pacino as the notorious record producer, and focusing on his murder trial)

Works by David Mamet that don't have their own pages include examples of:

  • Humans Are Bastards: In Glengarry Glenn Ross the most 'good' of the bunch is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold at best. Everyone else is pretty much a bastard.
  • Rapid Fire Interrupting: Oleanna, where Carol barely gets to finish a sentence in Act I.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: More cynical, particularly in Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Tragic Hero: 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.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Heist is basically this trope extruded out for 90 minutes. Thankfully, all the double-crosses and surprises make sense at the very end.

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