A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic [NOOK Book]

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The definitive guide to everything fans want to know about A Christmas Story shares the inside story behind the film’s production, release, and unlikely ascent to the top of popular culture. From Jean Shepherd’s original radio broadcasts to Bob Clark’s 1983 sleeper hit film and beyond, A Christmas Story has become a beloved Yuletide tradition over the last three decades. In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its theatrical release, this is the untold story of the making of the film, and what happened ...

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A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic

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Overview

The definitive guide to everything fans want to know about A Christmas Story shares the inside story behind the film’s production, release, and unlikely ascent to the top of popular culture. From Jean Shepherd’s original radio broadcasts to Bob Clark’s 1983 sleeper hit film and beyond, A Christmas Story has become a beloved Yuletide tradition over the last three decades. In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its theatrical release, this is the untold story of the making of the film, and what happened afterwards. Ralphie Parker’s quest for a Red Ryder air rifle didn’t end with the movie’s release; the tale inspired massive VHS sales, a Broadway production, and a mountain of merchandise. Complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs, now fans of the movie and film buffs alike can lean all they didn’t know about the timeless classic.

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"Speaking of comprehensive, Caseen Gaines’ A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic can easily be called the definitive book about Bob Clark’s 1983 classic holiday film. Filled with untold stories, unreleased photographs, and much more, Gaines’ book is the perfect companion to the perfect holiday movie." — Parade.com

"Fans of the film – and film fans in general – will love this book. Extremely detailed and immensely fun to read, Caseen Gaines’ book only adds to the magic that is A Christmas Story. Expertly told in a style and tone that would make Jean Shepherd and Bob Clark proud." — Michael Ambers, producer of the TV Guide Network’s The Cast of A Christmas Story: Where Are They Now

"The ultimate companion book to the ultimate holiday movie!" —Mike Gencarelli, MediaMikes.com

"An iconic and brilliant part of Americana is brought back to life through Caseen Gaines' book. I couldn't stop smiling while reading it!" —Noah Levy, cohost of VH1's The Gossip Table

"A Christmas Story, everyone’s favorite modern holiday classic, finally gets the extraordinary book it deserves. Caseen Gaines’ comprehensive, insightful and beautifully illustrated look at Ralphie Parker and his family will make perennial viewings of this beloved comedy an even richer and more entertaining tradition." — Jeremy Kinser, Queerty

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770904156
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 903,880
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

Caseen Gaines is a pop culture enthusiast who has won awards for essays on The Flip Wilson Show and the Planet of the Apes film series. He is a high school English teacher, the cofounder of Hackensack Theatre Company, and the author of Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse. He lives in Hackensack, New Jersey.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

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    Review Nothing makes the holidays better than meatloaf, leg lamp

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    Nothing makes the holidays better than meatloaf, leg lamps, BB guns, and bullies! In Caseen Gaines newest pop culture book, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic, readers are given a special tour of one of America’s favorite classic movies from the early eighties. Gaines adventure starts when he pulls up to the once house and now museum, of the one and only, Ralphie Parker. And this is where the adventure begins. A gift shop across the street, two massive buildings housing memorabilia, and the actual house used during the filming, complete with the nostalgic leg lamp! Gaines wanted to do more than just retell a story. He wanted to give readers the history behind it, insight into the characters, filming, and every in and out, he could acquire.

    “…after seeing the other tourists get out of their cars without forking over some green, Josh and I began to feel we had overpaid for what should have been free parking.”

    Filled with grainy old colored and black and white photos as well as a plethora of photos of what appears to be fan submissions; this book will delightfully take you on a trip down memory lane. For the young and old alike, this book is definitely one worth reading!

    Reviewed by Kim for Portland Book Review

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