Since the nineteen-seventies, playwright, screenwriter, director, and author, David Mamet has been writing comedies and dramas in which the art of the con, the abuse of power and the search for truth is as much a subject as is a cadence of speech and quality of character. Raised in Chicago during the Cold War, David Mamet has collaborated with New York professionals in theater and film for over 40 years, beginning with his Off-Broadway debut in 1976 a trio of plays, The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and American Buffalo. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his play, Glengarry Glen Ross. One of the most prolific contemporary dramatists, David Mamet at the time of this recording has written and produced 38 plays, 33 screenplays, and 18 books both novels, and non-fiction. David Mamet's first produced screenplay was the 1981 production of The Postman Always Rings Twice, directed by Bob Rafelson. He received an Academy Award nomination one year later for his screenplay, The Verdict, directed by Sidney Lumet. He also wrote the screenplay for The Untouchables directed by Brian DePalma.
I spoke with longtime collaborators motion picture editor Barbara Tulliver, sound editor Maurice Schell and re-recording mixer, Michael Barry about working with David Mamet in film and television.
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