American Film

This candid and compelling article by David Mamet, in which he compares his work experiences on two films – as director of the small independent HOUSE OF GAMES and as screenwriter on the big-budget production of Brian De Palma’s THE UNTOUCHABLES – was the cover story of the June 1987 American Film™. Here, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “American Buffalo” and “Glengarry Glen Ross” offers his observations on Hollywood’s “Refreshing Frankness,” reveals his writing process, rails against money’s influence on the artistic process, admits his mistakes and explains why he works with friends. We found it a joy to re-read and hope you will, too.

David Mamet has 10 directing credits, beginning with HOUSE OF GAMES in 1987, and 22 screenwriting credits, beginning with THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE in 1981. His most recent project – as screenwriter and director – is the highly anticipated PHIL SPECTOR due out later this year on HBO.