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In his preface, Mamet references Hemingway and Aristotle. What point or points is he making with quotes from these famous men? How does he apply the principles to film making?

Mamet refers to an acronym "K.I.S.S." What does the acronym stand for? How does Mamet apply to film making?

What is a MacGuffin? What famous director coined the word? What type of films is a MacGuffin most generally used in?

Mamet makes reference to a movement in the sixties by an architectural school to unleash the architect allowing him to design buildings by how he "feels" rather than by traditional construction standards. Why was this movement a failure? How does Mamet use it in comparison to film making?

Explain why attempts by filmmakers to use a movie to "make a statement" or create "performance art" are not successful.

Describe the ways in which Mamet...

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