Friday, November 15, 2013

Review: A Christmas Story: Behind The Scenes of a Holiday Classic By: Caseen Gaines

A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday ClassicA Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic by Caseen Gaines
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you have ever been caught unawares and triple dog dared, or tongue-tied at the awe of the big man (you know - Santa)...
The pure genius of A Christmas Story and the wonderful telling of Jean Shepard has lasted over the years. This is the fan's book. The book written by a fan for the fan.
Mr. Gaines celebrates Shepherd's history and storytelling abilities, embraces Bob Clark's vision and desire for this film, and takes us behind the scene with interviews with casts, workers, and fans alike.
From Brian Jones who bought the Christmas Story House on ebay to Peter Billingsley backing A Christmas Story Musical - no stone is left unturned. Read about how wonderful fans are as they reach out to each other, like Jones (see above) and Tyler and Jodie Swartz as they search for artifacts of the movie before they are destroyed or lost forever.
Hollywood hasn't always been kind to the child stars and even as they speak candidly with the author you can hear the bitter pill being swallowed by some, but all seemingly have positive things to embrace about their experience making this film.
This is the perfect gift, better than a can of simoniz!

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