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Love Actually Paperback – December 5, 2003
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The book also includes a gallery of posters for the movie, "Love" Q&As filled out by the stars (you'll be quite surprised to learn which ones are cynics and which are romantics at heart), and tons of photographs throughout. I got this book because, as a movie geek, I wanted to read the screenplay to get a feel for how to write such a story, but this book turned out to be a wonderful volume for those who are just fans of the movie as well.
All characters are very human and everyone is looking for love in different forms, which anyone can easily relate to. Readers will find themselves rooting for all characters. The book is also complemented with photos of the movie and budding scriptwriters can pick up points on how to make a screenplay.
The book is masterfully written and it is a great read for those who are looking for love because, as Hugh Grant's character says in the opening scene, "I've got a sneaking suspicion you'll find that love actually is all around."
And I love it when they publish the script with the insider's view of the film and the script. Those who loved "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill" will not be disappointed by this gem of a movie or a book --- the entire script, with deleted scenes and photos is presented along with an indepth interview of Richard Curtis and behind the scenes photos of the shoot.
(And even an explanation of how everyone knows each other, which would help if you saw the movie and were confused the first time, as I was -- also a very funny list of inside jokes is included!)
As well there are interviews with all the cast members on their views on LOVE and a hilarious section on rejected movie posters (this one is even funnier than the treatise of this subject in "4W=1F")
If you love movies, love romantic comedies, love life, or just love love in general this is a great book ... a great gift (especially for Valentine's Day!)
Buy the book, read the movie ... it is worth it!
It's a handsome book that contains the complete screenplay of the film as well as lots of photos from the movie and from the set. In addition, there's an introduction by the writer/director as well as a section in the back in which some of the actors answer a love questionnaire. I gave it as a gift to a fan of the film, and she loved it.
This is one of the best presentations of a script I've purchased in recent months. There's loads of extras in this paperback including some queries with the principle actors, bascstories on characters, cut scenes and storylines, great photos (behind the scenes as well as infront of the camera) and of course, the full screenplay.
WHY I PURCHASED IT
In general this is one of my favorite movies, but I am also an aspiring screenwriter and am currently using this screenplay to assist me with formatting my own intersecting lives in my screen play. It's a relief to see a screenplay with such depth be easily read and translated by enve a novie like me. Love Actually is proof positive that the best screenplays are rewritten, not written. Thank you Richard Curtis!
For those who did not adore (or at least enjoy) the movie, the book contains words and pictures from the movie you didn't particularly like, minus the excellent acting. Therefore, the book is probably not for you.
For those who have not seen the movie, please see the movie first and then decide about the book.
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Thought I was getting the DVD and the book shows up. I know RTFA...Read The Frigging Ad...bummer dude! Yada Yada YadaPublished on January 23, 2014 by Stephen Newstrom
I loved the movie and heard that the word "Actually" is said a number of times, and watching the film, I never could count the number of times it was spoken, but this is an... Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by MM in AZ
A nice book with the screenplay of the movie, some photos from the backstage and a very small interview to most of the main characters. Read morePublished on April 23, 2008 by Elena Sartori