GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS by David Mamet SCENE ONE A booth at a Chinese restaurant, Williamson and Levene are seated at the booth. LEVENE John. Dear every screenwriter/filmmaker, read David Mamet's screenplay for Glengarry Glen Ross [PDF]. (NOTE: For educational and research purposes only). Directed by Bob McGrath. “Glengarry Glen Ross” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. GLENGARRY. GLEN ROSS. April
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Glengarry Glen Ross. Written by: David Mamet. Starring: Al Pacino (Ricky Roma), . Jack Lemmon (Shelley Levene),. Alec Baldwin (Blake),. Ed Harris(Dave Moss). Glengarry Glen Ross - Download as Word Doc .doc /.docx), PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. defgewsftgwr. Glengarry Glen Ross American Drama Assignment peypredkoefritlec.cf - Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free. Glengarry Glen Ross.
Just very… average. BoSoxBoy A few years ago, whenever any of us in the office closed a deal the boss would send that employee a pound of coffee. TheW One of the greatest.
Thanks for reviewing this, I was waiting for it. Jake Gott Loved the play, loved the movie, loved the Mamet. One of my favorite writers of the stage and screen. Since theatre is so dependent on moving the story forward with dialogue, makes you wonder how many more Mamets and Sorkins are cutting their teeth on Broadway right now. Jonathan Soens Theatre definitely forces the writers to accomplish more with their dialogue. Some guitars are just physically easier to play.
Jake Gott Totally agree. Also a guitar player, ha ha. I think some information or plot points or whatever better lend themselves to dialogue and some are better suited for just a visual. In a comedy, I usually prefer the jokes in the dialogue over the sight gags but you still need both to some degree. Jonathan Soens Yeah, some stuff lends itself better to different means. I remember Carson reviewed scripts for short movies one week, and one of them had no dialogue.
Just like writing for the stage probably forces you to strengthen the muscles for dialogue. Ideally, you want to be good at telling the story through visuals and dialogue so you can pick and choose based on the strength of what you come up with for each scene.
Some scenes might work best visually, but sometimes you might come up with a slick bit of dialogue that works really well. But the scene probably ends up stronger. John B Thanks Carson for the great article!
Dialogue is always the last thing to come to me in a script and there was a ton of good stuff here for me to think about as I begin my day writing!
Always liked his talent. But something about his Ayn Rand turn is kind of off putting. He would see that Alec Baldwin character as the good guy today, not when he wrote it. Williamson reveals to Shelly that his check from the Nyborgs is no good. They just like talking to salesmen. You close everything? You get the good leads — the new names that just requested information 5 minutes ago.
You suck? You get the bullshit, you get to pick through all the other leads that nobody wants. Maybe, by some miracle you can save some old deal that fell apart. Fueled with bribery, greed, and selfishness, agent Levene is eventually exposed as the perpetrator by Williamson and is turned in to the cops. Playwright Background Information: Author David Mamet was a Chicago native who worked for a real estate agent in the s, influencing his choice on his setting and topic of this playwright. Characterized by extreme profanity and colloquial language, Mamet exposes the extreme materialism and consumerism that plagued Americans during the s in his play, giving insight to the absence of morality that results from a man blinded by money Dawson.
Primary characters: Shelly Levene - The oldest and most desperate real estate agent, Levene eventually resorts to stealing the premier leads in an attempt to be back on top. He is the most revealed and exposed character in the play; the audience finds out that he has a daughter whom he is struggling to support and has had a recent string of bad luck with his leads.
In the final act, he is convicted of thievery and arrested. Ricky Roma - The most successful real estate agent, Roma spends ample time deceiving and fooling his clients, seducing them with philosophical nonsense and smooth talk in order to trick them to downloading his plots of land. John Williamson - The man in charge of distributing the leads, Williamson is subject to bribery and ridicule by Levene, Roma, and the other real-estate agents.
While not giving into their pressuring, Williamson is able to induce Levenes confession in taking part in the robbery of the office.
A respectable manager, Williamson is not as susceptible to the natural greed that consumes the rest of the salesmen. Setting: Within Chicago, two main settings are featured in this play. The first one is a Chinese restaurant; an initial location where many character revealing one-on-one conversations take place and covert dealings are made. The second main setting is the office building and location that the salesmen work and the real estate leads are kept.
This is where the robbery and investigation take place. The play spans two days. The first day includes theft planning and personality portrayal of important characters. The robbery takes place in the night between the two days, and the investigation is carried out on the second day. Key Plot Moments: Williamson and Levenes Conversation - In this conversation that opens the play, the audience is subject to the desperate lengths Levene is willing to go to in order to succeed.
Levene makes multiple attempts to convince Williamson that he is worthy of better leads.
Eventually resorting to bribery, Levene exposes his immoral side in order to better survive the business world. However, he does not have enough money to follow through on his accepted deal with Williamson.
Captivating his client James Lingk with philosophical vernacular, Roma eventually persuades Lingk to foolishly download the real estate that he is offering. Roma demonstrates how he must resort to the immoral practices of the business world in order to achieve. Levenes Robbery - Shelly Levene robs the office building of its good leads, selling them to Jerry Graff, a competing real estate agent for a sizable reward.
This plot moment is unscripted but implied.
Williamson Corners Levene - Towards the end of the play, Levene becomes hateful toward Williamson because of his cold nature. In his rage, Levene reveals that he knows that Williamson did not deposit Lingks check, a fact that allows Williamson to accuse and convict Levene of the robbery.
Key Quotes: Levene: Listen. I want to talk to you. Permit me to do this a second. I'm older than you. A man acquires a reputation I said ten, you said no. You said twenty. I said fine, I'm not going to fuck with you, how can I beat that, you tell me? Mamet 9. Roma: I'm not secure. How can I be secure? And what's beyond all measure? That's a sickness. That's a trap. There is no measure. Only greed Mamet Williamson: No, I think I don't want your money.
I think you fucked up my office. And I think you're going away Mamet It represented the food chain of the agents at the office. The agents who sold the most would be at the top of the board while the agents who sold little would be at the bottom. The people at the top had the choice leads and could therefore stay at the top.
They took whatever they wanted much like a predator would, only leaving scraps for those at the bottom. Leads - The leads themselves also were the physical representation of power. The good Glengarry leads were so coveted that Levene even went so far as to steal them. The possessor of these leads could sell the best real estate properties and maintain their top spot on the board.
Themes: Greed - Each closed lead provides a sizable commission for a salesman. With each of the businessmen attempting to close their leads, they must both deceive and betray their own customers and coworkers to maximize earnings. The morality of each business decision and relationship is questionable but often disregarded, as obtaining money is the ultimate goal.
Survival - The real estate agents are often strenuously competing with one another to not only add to their pocketbooks, but also to stay afloat in the real estate business and support themselves and their family.
The complexity of the play comes from the necessity of a greed-ridden attitude to survive. Stylistic Devices: We tried to use passages in the script that exemplified the themes and characterization that were most vital to the play. The speech is entirely communicated through dialogue and written in colloquial language, using a great deal of vulgar words which we supplemented.
The dialogue is fast paced and often incomplete, reflective of the instinctual nature of behavior of the characters. In filming, we used quick cuts, closely framed camera angles, and overthe-shoulder shots in order to capture the intimacy of interaction and the fast pace that governs the actions of the characters throughout the play.
We also used low lighting in the second scene to emphasize the moral compromise and darkness inherent in Ricky Romas character, and cast a dimmer light on Levene during the transition sequences to add to the bleakness of his narration. Katie Carr John Williamson Katherine Hansen Ricky Roma Taylor Telford Chinese restaurant waiter Derek Shu James Lingk A play about the corruption of business bleeding into personal morality.
David Mamet uses the primal impulses of deceit and theft that follow Shelly Levene through a Darwinian financial system to further his belief that morality is not only something forsaken when seeking dominance, but sometimes not even a choice.
Gah, no no no. What am I saying? Im not trapped. I could go out and do whatever the hell I please.
Right now. I got parole, Im outta that joint, I can do as I please now, am I right? Then explain to me why I feel so confined. My daughters off on some government-owned medical assistance program, but heaven forbid she should see her father from time to time.
Not when her fathers a thievin ex-real estate agent. Fuck you, go home and play with your kids. You wanna work here? You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you cocksucker?
I can go out there tonight with the materials you got, make myself fifteen thousand dollars. In two hours. Can you? Go and do likewise. Get mad. You sons of bitches. You know what it takes to sell real estate? It takes brass balls to sell real estate.
Go and do likewise, gents.
Bunch of losers sitting around in a bar. These are the Glengarry leads. Because to give them to you is just throwing them away. And to answer your question, pal, why am I here?