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Hairspray Hardcover – September 3, 2007
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About the Author
Diana Landau is a writer and editor based in San Francisco. She is the author of numerous books on the making of major motion pictures, including Dances With Wolves: The Illustrated Story of the Epic Film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula: The Film and the Legend, Ali: The Movie and the Man, and Gladiator: The Making of the Ridley Scott Film.
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Filled with pictures, behind the scenes stories, and narratives by all of the principal movers and shakers in the movie, "Hairspray: The Movie Musical" serves as a wonderful guide. The information contained in the book offers a peek inside the creative process. It's amazing the amount of talent and work that goes into an hour and a half movie.
Just as fun as the movie is, this book covers it all, and doesn't leave you hanging. If you have a Hairspray Fan in your family, this is the PERFECT Christmas present: affordable and really, really fun!
In conjunction with the film, Insight Editions has released their wonderful book that brings the film home to fans in a unique way. Beginning with a foreword by John Waters, the book explores the making of the film from the original version, to the stage, and finally this Summer's blockbuster re-make, all in full, bold color. The book contains literally hundreds of photos from the film as well as exclusive, behind-the-scene shots of cast and crew.
John Travolta not only plays the most unique role in his illustrious career as Mama Edna, but he supplies own thoughts on the role and why he decided to do the film. Travolta discusses his approach to the role in trying to make Edna a believable character, from her voice right down to how she walks. From his words, you can see that John had a great time making this movie, particularly the climactic dance number. Besides Travolta you'll meet the rest of the fantastic cast such as James Marsden as Corny Collins, Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma Von Tussle, Amanda Bynes as Penny Pingleton, Jerry Stiller as Mr. Pinky, Queen Latifa as Motormouth Maybelle, and Christopher Walken as Wilbur Turnblad. (Man! That is some cast!)
But this isn't just some dry narration on making a movie. As you begin to negotiate the pages you start encountering some of those surprises I talked about earlier. There are all sorts of inserts placed in the book...faux posters for TV shows that were seen in the film, postcards that have nostalgic, period designs, cling-on stickers, and envelopes that you have to open that contain other special treats. I'm not going to play spoiler, you'll have to get the book and open them yourself!
There's also great articles about the films song and dance numbers and lots of trivia about the early 1960's like the top Juke Box hits of 1962, as well as styles of clothes and hair from the era. From cover to cover this is just a treat for the eyes and will put a smile on your face. A great collector's book!
REVIEWED BY TIM JANSON
Esta revisión la podría escribir en ingles, pero va dirigida a las personas de México y habla hispana que sean verdaderos fans de la película.
Tuve la fortuna de ver la película en cine y me gusto mucho, pero no fue hasta que la vi por segunda vez que me volví fan de la película. Me puse a investigar todo sobre ella, desde saber que era un remake de la versión de 1988 y adaptación del musical de Broadway (al que un día tendré la oportunidad de ir a verla en vivo).
Fue tanto mi interés, que un día me puse a revisar que artículos de Hairspray vendían en Amazon hasta que dí con este libro.
En pocas palabras, lo recomiendo ampliamente. Este libro de colección incluye anécdotas de la producción, del porque se animaron a hacer esta nueva película, fichas de los actores y su opinión de los personajes que encarnaron, datos anecdóticos, fotos durante el rodaje y fuera de...
Bueno, es un libro que deben tener es su colección, si gustan de las películas musicales y les encanto Hairspray, háganse de este libro, le encantará.