From Publishers Weekly
Combining pretty pictures, fascinating background information and an overall lovely story as its subject, this companion to the Mira Nair film based on Thackerays classic novel offers more than the usual "behind the scenes" film book. Vanity Fair was published in monthly installments beginning in 1847, and it merrily exposed every bit of English societys two-facedness, money-oriented desires and social fronts. Director Nair (Monsoon Wedding) spent months doing "homework like a schoolgirl" in order to prepare for the film version, and she shares her lengthy e-mail correspondence with screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) about adapting Thackeray. These messages make up the books most captivating portion, as director and screenwriter bat around ideas such as adding more emotion to certain scenes, staying true to Thackerays concepts and disguising an actors pregnancy. Fans of Nair and Fellowes will delight at reading the notes; the two share a strong friendship and frequently profess their admiration for one another. The rest of the book consists of bits of the screenplay, Nairs journals and photos of cast members in costume.
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About the Author
Mira Nair is the internationally acclaimed director of Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay!, Vanity Fair, Mississippi Masala, The Perez Family, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, and Hysterical Blindness.
Jhumpa Lahiri, the author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake, has been the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship.
Photographers represented include Frederick Elmes, Nemai Ghosh, Milan Moudgill, and Dayanita Singh.