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Book Vs Movie: "Clueless" & "Emma"

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Release Date: 09/14/2020

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Father of the Bride" (1950 & 1991)

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The Margos launch their first episode with the Frolic Podcast Network with a discussion about the 1949 novel "Father of the Bride" and compare it to the 1950 & 1991 remakes. Which did we like better? Grab some confetti, throw it in the air and listen!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976) Nicolas Roeg & David Bowie

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The Margos talk about the Walter Tevis novel from 1963 which is about an alien from the planet Anthea who arrives on earth and seeks to save his family at home. The 1976 film is a cult classic directed by Nicolas Roeg and features an incredible performance by David Bowie. Which did we like better?

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Women" (1939) Joan Crawford & Rosalind Russell

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In 1936, the Clare Booth Luce play The Women debuted on Broadway to rave reviews and packed audiences which featured 45 speaking parts for women, while no man is either seen or heard. (Though all of the husbands are spoken about constantly!)The 1939 film directed by Book Vs Movie alum George Cukor has over 130 speaking parts for women (even the animals were females!) Led by Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, and Paulette Goddard.

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Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "Cabaret" (1972) Directed by Bob Fosse

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The Margos talk about all things related to the musical "Cabaret" starting with the Christopher Isherwood short stories to the 1951 play and the Bob Fosse 1972 film which won 8 Academy Awards. Plus, we discuss the real person that inspired the character of Sally Bowles and the brilliant women who played her. Life is a cabaret!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "West Side Story" (1961) "Romeo and Juliet"

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The Margos get their fingers snappin' as they talk about "West Side Story" (not literally, we're just talking--promise!) We match the Shakespeare story with the 1961 film in this episode. So much to discuss here!

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Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "Cats" (2019) Starring Taylor Swift & Jennifer Hudson

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The Margos get all "Jellicle" in this episode devoted to the poetry of T.S. Eliot and the music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber with "Cats." We talk about the various stage productions, the 1998 film and the acid trip inducing 2019 movie directed by Tom Hooper. Stars Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson & Sir Ian McKellen.

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Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "My Fair Lady" (1964) Audrey Hepburn & "Pygmalion"

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The Margos are working heavy on our diction to prepare for this ep. We love the original 1964 film musical "My Fair Lady" with Audrey Hepburn & Rex Harrison.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "One Night in Miami" (2021)

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Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and NFL superstar Jim Brown met for one night in Miami in February 1964.

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Book Vs Movie: Tina Turner Book Vs Movie: Tina Turner "What's Love Got to Do With It?" (1993)

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With Tina Turner finally being nominated for a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nomination as a solo artist--the Margos decided now was the time to take a look at her life story (up to the age of 46) with her 80s bestselling autobiography (co-written by Kurt Loder!) “I, Tina” and compare it with the hit 1993 film “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Princess and the Frog" (2009)

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The Princess and the Frog originated with the Brother Grimm’s fairytale “The Frog Prince” (which we are not really discussing today) and “The Frog Princess” by E.D. Baker. Writers/directors Ron Clements and John Musker who previously worked on “The Great Mouse Detective” and “The Little Mermaid.” 

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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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