By William Goldman

As befits greater than 20 years in Hollywood, Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman's gleaming memoir is as unique as some of the movies 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 display alternate is an intimate view of movie-making, of appearing greats reminiscent of Redford, Olivier, Newman and Hoffman, and of the rigors and rewards of operating contained in the most fun enterprise on this planet.

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And I thought it may be helpful to know at least something about just what is taking place Out There. With that in mind, I've interviewed a number of people who work the other side of the street: studio executives, producers, directors, and stars. By the time we're done, it's my hope that you'll understand a good deal more about why you see what you see on the screen. Because of my Hollywood work, I have seen films on three continents and in at least twice that many foreign countries. But for me, still, always, it is the Alcyon.

It was madness-here he was, maybe the most charming actor ever, and it was like pulling teeth. " Grant without charm? I don't ask that question much anymore. I'm tired of the same surprise. I think I'm like most of us in that I want to believe the image. Don't tell me Clint Eastwood hates horses, I don't want to know it. And what's this got to do with insecurity? Just this: From the star's point of view, it can get very scary. One example of what I mean, from an early day's shooting of The Hot Rock, a 1972 picture that starred Robert Redford.

Stars have to live with that madness. I still remember the first day of my first trip to Hollywood: I met with some representatives of Paul Newman. We were talking about the scheduling of Harper, and I was worried whether Newman would be ready when Warner Bros. wanted to go with the picture. " It was my initial contact with the cruel kind of Hollywood remark that so often tends to deal with heat. Glenn Ford had been, a few years earlier, the number-one star in America and I wasn't aware that his career had stalled.

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