This clip offers a brief summary:
The unavoidable conclusion to be drawn from watching the documentary is that Mamet lied about the origins of his short play Four A.M., and that he did in fact clearly steal the idea, the subject matter and the explicit details from a caller in to a real late night radio show back in 1980 (Mamet's play was written/published several years later).
Why does Mamet deny this?
For those also familiar with Jay Weidner's work on Stanley Kubrick, the bolded section below should be of interest:
As these are the same corporations that supposedly helped NASA get the astronauts to the moon – one has to wonder – what kind of help did they gave Stanley? And for what price?
In the film Wag the Dog, Dustin Hoffman plays a movie producer hired by the CIA to “fake an event.” His name in the movie is Stanley. In that movie “Stanley” mysteriously dies after telling everyone that he wants to take credit for the “event” that he helped fake.
Stanley Kubrick died soon after showing Eyes Wide Shut to the executives at Warner Brothers. It is rumored that they were very upset concerning that film. They wanted Kubrick to re-edit the film but he refused. I personally was in France when Stanley died and I saw, on French television, outtakes from the forthcoming Eyes Wide Shut. I saw outtakes from several scenes that were never in the finished film.
Warner Brothers has even come out and admitted that they re-edited the film. To this day they refuse to release a DVD of Stanley Kubrick's cut. Not only is this a direct violation of the agreement that Kubrick had with Warner Brothers, but it also means that we will probably never see the un-edited version of this film.
Wag the Dog was co-written by David Mamet.
So we have Mamet lying about the origins of a strange idea about ressurecting dead people on Jupiter that he initially promoted to the public via his play 4A.M., this strange idea then surfacing and being related to Stanley Kubrick and 2001: A Space Odyssey via the mysterious Toynbee Tiles, and Mamet writing a screenplay about a filmaker named Stanley hired by the government to 'fake an event'.
Edited by Golly Buster, 17 August 2012 - 02:08 PM.