This blog started out as Michael Doherty's Personal Library, containing reviews of books that normally don't get reviewed: basically porn and cult books. It was all just a bit of fun, you understand. But when I embarked on a three-year Shakespeare study, Shakespeare basically took over, which is a good thing.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Shakespeare References in What Just Happened?
I brought two books to read on my trip to Boston, and
both contain Shakespeare references. Both are about producing films, and the
titles of both are questions. The first one I read was What Just Happened?: Bitter Hollywood Tales From The Front Line by
Art Linson. This one contains two references. The first is a reference to Macbeth. Art Linson writes, “You’ll see,
Mamet’s gonna have to sound like Richard Burton in a tutu reciting Macbeth
before you’re gonna get the cash” (p. 32). The second makes use of the title of
one of Shakespeare’s comedies. Linson writes: “After all, we had more than a
week before we burned some film, and there was no hard evidence that Alec was
going to hold on to the Long Island Santa Claus look. At least not once he
thought it through. This was much ado about nothing” (p. 69).
Happened?: Bitter Hollywood Tales From The Front Line was published in 2002
by Bloomsbury. The copy I read was the First U.S. Edition.