By William Goldman
As befits greater than two decades in Hollywood, Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman's gleaming memoir is as interesting as the various motion pictures he has helped to create. From the author of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance child, the entire President's males and Marathon guy, Adventures within the monitor alternate is an intimate view of movie-making, of performing greats akin to Redford, Olivier, Newman and Hoffman, and of the pains and rewards of operating contained in the most enjoyable company on this planet.
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Beyond protocol there lies the subtle and always shifting balance of power. If he goes to get her now, he's giving in. just a little, but still. And if he gives in a little today, who knows how much he'll have to give in tomorrow. But dammit, why won't she come out? She's the female star, and not unknown for outbursts, but this is not the kind of thing she ordinarily does. And now the real answer comes clear: She won't come out because of his not letting her see the dailies. They had had words about the problem before shooting.
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