Monday, February 2, 2015

Elwes, Cary (As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride)

As fun, fascinating and lovely as advertised.

Initially, I worried that this book would be "dishy" in some way, but there's almost none of that. And if there is any, it's subsumed by Elwes' disarming style of recollecting the ups and downs of the making of the film (mostly ups, really). I especially liked the little side notes from other cast and crew members (so that it wasn't only Elwes' voice but the voice of many), and recognizing how directors can be good managers or bad managers (just what the rest of us have to deal with in our workaday lives).

I don't want to say too much here - those who love the movie, and consider it an essential part of their childhood, will gobble up the book in no time at all.

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