Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Book Review: As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew by Jen Chaney
I adore the movie Clueless. I think it's the best Jane Austen movie adaptation (although it is a tight race.) Every time I see it (and that's A LOT), I catch some new tiny reference to Emma that I hadn't picked up on before and I am newly impressed. I owned it on VHS. Now I own it on DVD. And yet every time I see it come up on the TV or in my Netflix feed, I am tempted to watch it again. I've never before read a book on a movie. I usually skim those articles in Entertainment Weekly. But this is a special movie. It always makes me happy. And after many dozens of viewing, I've never spotted a continuity problem.
It was originally conceived of as a TV series. But it didn't get anywhere until it moved to a movie. And once super-producer Scott Rudin got on board, it was a done deal. The book takes us through the entire casting process, through the locations and costuming. It rained throughout the winter-time shoot, which put them behind by a few days, and they did have to digitally enhance the blue sky in some shots. But otherwise, the shoot went crazy-smoothly, everyone liked each other, and there was no juicy gossip. The closest to juicy gossip was that in the party scene, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones did get progressively drunk, but they continued to perform and did their job. And I loved the story that, because movie scenes are shot out of sequence, when they shaved Murray's head, Donald Faison was forced to keep the hair on the sides of his head so that he still looked like he had hair for earlier scenes (where he wore a hat) and so he sported a hilarious George-Jefferson looking haircut for about a month. After the movie was such a wild success, it ironically was turned into a TV show for three seasons, with about half of the original cast.
While I didn't learn anything surprising or unexpected, this movie makes me happy, and reading about this movie made me happy too. It was not life-altering, but it amused me. If you love the movie, you'll love the book.
I checked this book out of the library.