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Book Vs Movie: "Clueless" & "Emma"

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Release Date: 09/14/2020

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971)

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The Margos are closing out our “Month of Disney” with the 50th Anniversary of Bedknobs and Broomsticks a partly animated film that is based on the wonderful stories by Mary Norton. She uses supernatural elements to tell the tale of a trio of British kids during WW2 who are hiding out in the English countryside. They meet a local villager, Miss Price, who turns out to be an apprentice witch. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Pinocchio" (1940)

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The Margos are feeling very Italian in this episode devoted to the famous story about a marionette who wishes to be a real boy when he grows up. The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi was originally published in a series of magazine articles in 1881. When it was released as a book, it became a worldwide hit and is one of the most translated books of all time. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) Disney in November!

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The Margos continue our month of Disney films with the 1991 classic Beauty and the Beast which is based on a fairy tale written in 1740 by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villenenueva and then later abridged by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756 for a collection of children’s stories.  

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Sleeping Beauty" (1959)

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The Margos are feeling kind of Disney this month so we are dedicating our next few episodes to those animated classics beginning with Sleeping Beauty from 1959. At the time, it received mixed reviews for its obvious comparison to Snow White & the Seven Dwarves which was considered a masterpiece.  (We are Team Maleficent!)

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Bad Seed" (1956)

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The Margos finish out the month of October with our final scary book & movie for the season--The Bad Seed. Written by William March and published in 1954 shortly before his death by a heart attack at the age of 60. The first adaptation was a play in the same year the book was published and starred Nancy Kelly (who won the Tony in 1955 for Best Actress,) Patty McCormack, and Eileen Heckert who would all go on to play their same parts in the film version in 1956. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945)

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This episode focuses on one of writer Oscar Wilde’s biggest commercial and critical successes--The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde is one of those intimidating subjects to cover as he is one of the most controversial and celebrated writers & thinkers of the 19th Century. Fans worship his every bon mot and admire his bravery to live his life on his own terms. He died in 1900 at the age of 46 but his legacy looms large to this day. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956)

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a novel by Jack Finney, and the movie starring Kevin McCarthy. The story of aliens invading earth and creating “pod people” to take over the human race was (probably) an allegory for the House Unamerican Activities that was looking for Communists in the U.S. during the 1930s-1950s.The 1956 movie was directed by Don Siegel (Escape from Alcatraz, Dirty Harry) and produced by Walter Wanger.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Invisible Man" 2020 (Elisabeth Moss)

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This adaptation of the 1897 H.G. Wells novel has Elisabeth Moss playing a woman (Cecilia Kass) trying to escape an abusive relationship when her seemingly late boyfriend attacks her wearing an invisible suit. Her character is gaslit everywhere she goes including at the police station where they decide she is mentally unstable and causing her own problems.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Parent Trap" (1961) Hayley Mills Maureen O'Hara

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The Margos talk about the 1961 Disney classic film "The Parent Trap" and the fascinating author Erich Kastner who was banned by Nazis in Germany! The 1988 remake is mentioned but our focus is on the Hayley Mills & Maureen O'Hara film. Between book & movie, which did we like better? Have a listen!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "In a Lonely Place" (1950) Humphrey Bogart & Gloria Grahame

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The film noir classic was directed by Nicholas Ray and stars Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. Considered a bit of a flop at the time, it is now considered a classic a love has gone wrong duo and the loneliness of post-WWII LA.

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Emma/Clueless

The Jane Austen Beloved Novel Vs the 1995 Classic Alicia Silverstone Film

We are continuing our September “Back-to-School” films talking about Jane Austen and possibly her lightest novel--Emma and pair it with the incomparable Amy Heckerling-directed film Clueless. Both are revered for their humor & having a wonderful female lead. 

Released in 1815 (the last novel she published before Austen’s death at 41), Emma tells the story of a spoiled, willful woman (Emma Woodhouse) who enjoys helping make romantic entanglements happen. She is the daughter of widower Mr. Woodhouse and gives Emma a comfortable life. She has no wish to marry but when her governess, Miss Taylor marries Mr. West, she decides her true gift is matchmaking. 

Emma meddles in people’s lives and is constantly being questioned by Mr. Knightey, an older gentleman who lives next door. Harriet Smith is a friend who is shy and awkward compared to Emma. She becomes a project for the meddlesome protagonist who matches people and attempts to create several relationships with varying levels of success. 

Austen never married and enjoyed living in Bath, England where she places several of her stories. This particular novel has been adapted many times over the years but one of the most accessible and funny versions was created by Heckerling who already mined the field of high school with her film Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982. 

Alicia Silverstone was known for Aerosmith videos when she starred in Clueless and quickly became an “overnight” star.  Her Cher (Emma) is kind and a bit ditzy who attends high school in Southern California and is best friends with Dionne (Stacey Dash). The film is filled with so many quotable lines and literally has not one wasted scene to become an instant classic. 

There are many changes between the book & the film. Which did the Margos like more? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The short life of the incredible Jane Austen
  • The central characters and how they differ in the 1995 adaptation 
  • Teen movies in the 80s and how women directors led the pack
  • The cast including Alicia Silverstone (Emma/Cher,) Stacey Dash (Dionne,) Brittany Murphy (Harriet Smith/Tai,) Paul Rudd (Josh/Mr. Knightley,) Donald Faison (Murray,) Elisa Donovan (Amber/Mrs. Elton,) Breckin Meyer (Travis/Robert Martin,) Jeremy Sisto (Elton,) Dan Hedaya (Mel Horowitz/Mr. Woodhouse,) Wallace Shawn (Mr. Hall/Mr. Weston,) Twink Caplan (Miss Geist/Mrs. Weston.) and Justin Walker (Christian/Frank Churchill.) 

Clips Featured:

  • Clueless  trailer
  • Josh realizes he loves Cher
  • Driving on the freeway
  • Ride Home
  • Music: “Rollin with my Homies” by Coolio

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