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September 23, 2009


A Mamet/Anne Frank joke script that's funny

David Mamet and Anne Frank

Earlier this summer when it was announced that David Mamet was going to write and direct a film version of Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, the smirky jokes flew fast. Some of the many fake script excerpts out there are OK, though a lot of them don't move very far beyond all the characters swearing a lot and being inexplicably aggressive. (NY Mag, The Independent, The Voice.)

One pretty good one incorporates this line for Anne: "You know what it takes to live in an attic for two years? It takes BRASS BALLS." The Onion's highlights from their imagined script uses the same the brass balls joke (taken from Alec Baldwin's big scene in Glengarry Glen Ross [video]). And (this is great) The Onion also predicts, "Rebecca Pidgeon is shoehorned into the plot, ruining movie at last minute."

Anyway, one of the best joke Mamet/Anne Frank scripts was performed and broadcast on last week's edition of Filmspotting, a good movie discussion podcast. The script was submitted by a listener and the podcast performance got posted on YouTube:

categories: Books, Media, Movies
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Posted by: esskay at September 24, 2009 6:08 PM

The outtake of Adam and Matty cracking up while trying to get through the "That's what you say. You say that. You are the one saying that" part is even better. Then Matty says, "It's like fuckin' Rebecca Pidgeon just walked into the studio!" Hilarious.

It's the last 50 seconds of this episode:

Posted by: amy at September 24, 2009 11:01 PM

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