Good Year: Portrait of the Film Based on the Novel by Peter Mayle

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The official tie-in to the movie directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Albert Finney—a Twentieth Century Fox release.

Love, laughter, wine, and the glorious landscape of Provence abound in this movie from director Ridley Scott, who conceived the idea for this story with his Provençal neighbor Peter Mayle. Mayle then went on to write the novel on which the movie is based.

The film's stars, Russell Crowe and Albert Finney, and its ...

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Overview

The official tie-in to the movie directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Albert Finney—a Twentieth Century Fox release.

Love, laughter, wine, and the glorious landscape of Provence abound in this movie from director Ridley Scott, who conceived the idea for this story with his Provençal neighbor Peter Mayle. Mayle then went on to write the novel on which the movie is based.

The film's stars, Russell Crowe and Albert Finney, and its talented international cast and crew are beautifully portrayed in these pages, which also include an exclusive Q&A with Scott and Mayle, passages from the Marc Klein screenplay, a synopsis of the story, and fascinating behind-the-scene notes about the filmmaking, winemaking, and Provence. Includes over 130 beautiful production photos and illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557047489
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Mayle

Ridley Scott is the director of G.I. Jane, White Squall, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Thelma and Louise, Black Rain, Someone to Watch Over Me, Legend, Blade Runner, Alien, The Duellist, and the forthcoming Hannibal (2000).

David H. Franzoni's previous films include Amistad and Jumpin' Jack Flash.

John Logan was a screenwriter for RKO 281, Any Given Sunday, and Bats.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    I saw the movie first & really enjoyed it.. Then I read the

    I saw the movie first & really enjoyed it.. Then I read the book.. The movie has a nodding acquaintance with the book.. Same character names & places.. but the rest is a whole different ride. I liked both but wish the movie title was different..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Really Nice Book

    The book is very different from the movie, which I saw first and was the reason I wanted to read the book. I enjoyed them both. The book was even better than the movie. I will certainly check out other books by Peter Mayle.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Good read

    Too bad the movie wasn't as good as the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Fun to read

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    Excellent

    I adore Peter Mayle's writing. He has a wonderful command of the language, creates fascinating characters, a witty way of expressing a situation. This is one of my favorite books.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    This is one of my favorite Peter Mayle books - a little different from the others. To be savoured.

    If you liked the movie Sideways, you'll love this book! I recommend taking your time reading this. It's light without being frivolous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2006

    Sad when it was over...

    It was a delight read. I was sad when I reached the end. Wished it kept going and going. You get pulled in after the first few pages, makes you want to tune in to see what happens to Max. Wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    A GOOD YEAR ONCE AGAIN

    This novel is superb. A great addition to Mayle's tales of Provence. This reader has read this book a few times, and now with t he movie being released, is going through it again. The greatness of this book (and the author) is in the simplicity. This book doesn't need to be lengthy or use large words, just the occasional French one, and it need not be too complicated. This is a cool tale by a cool writer. One who knows that a good read can be small and fun and light - like how wine makes you feel after a few too many. Readers and watchers of British authors and television will love the way this book reads and feels, like an episode of AS TIME GOES BY or THE LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE. Mayle's capers are meant to be fun and this book tops the list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005

    Another Great Read from Mayle

    I loved this book. Another great, fun read from Peter Mayle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2005

    Easy Going Reading

    It's not rocket science, but it beats the costs of a trip to France to experience a little tad of the culture. It really is easy going reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2005

    Ack!

    This book was too light and predictable. If you want to escape with a book that includes food & wine , try A Moveable Feast by Hemmingway or The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    'A Good Year' is a good read!

    I'm a fan of Peter Mayle's, and over the years two things impress me. He is the dean of Mediterranean travel writers, and his quality is very consistent. 'A Good Year' is a good read. Mayle weaves his fiction in this book almost as well as his original travel narratives. He spins a nice fictional tale about a young British businessman who has principles and is willing to take a risk. The plot keeps you guessing, and the descriptions of life in Provence (as always with Mayle) are delightful. This is good light reading. I never felt like 'I want the book to be over.' Good entertainment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2005

    Ah, the wine and the sunshine!

    Another stay in Provence with those delightful Mayle characters is hard to resist. And to again savor the delicious food and wine; magnifique! A Year in Provence opened the door, but I keep coming back for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2004

    Wish I Was There!

    This book is written by a man, so guys give it a chance. This is a fun read as any man can relate to getting whacked in the noggin' by his better half. Take your shoes off, pour some wine and enjoy a truly delightful tale. It you can't go to France than let Peter Mayle bring it to you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2004

    Very Enjoyable

    What a good book! I read it in one day. The characters are likable, the story was engaging and I was sorry to see it end. Here's to Max and Fanny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2004

    Grab a Bottle of Wine, a baguette,

    some cheese and some olives, and then sit down for a fine (although short) diversion! I didn't want it to end! In fact had to pull out A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence for a re-read because I just didn't get enough. Chasing Cezanne is next!

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