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Will we ever get tired of Clueless? Ugh, as if!
Acclaimed pop culture journalist Jen Chaney celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the classic film’s release in the first book of its kind, weaving together original interviews with writer and director Amy Heckerling; key cast members, including Alicia Silverstone (Cher), Paul Rudd (Josh), Stacey Dash (Dionne), Donald Faison (Murray), Elisa Donovan (Amber), Wallace Shawn (Mr. Hall), Twink Caplan (Ms. Geist and associate producer); and other crucial Clueless players like costume designer Mona May, casting director Marcia Ross, director of photography Bill Pope, former Paramount chairwoman Sherry Lansing, and many more. Cast and crew also pay heartfelt tribute to the late Brittany Murphy, who lit up the screen as Cher’s protégée, Tai.
Chaney explores the influence of Jane Austen’s Emma as the unlikely framework for Heckerling’s script, the rigorous casting process (including the future stars who didn’t make the cut), the functional yet fashion-forward wardrobe, the unique slang that drew from the past and coined new phrases for the future, the sun-drenched soundtrack that set the tone, and—above all—the massive amount of work, creativity, and craft that went into making Clueless look so effortlessly bright and glossy.
As If! illuminates why plaid skirts and knee socks will never go out of style, and why Clueless remains one of the most beloved comedies of all time.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Before Clueless
From Yes to No to Yes Again: How Clueless Got off the Ground 3
When Emma Met Cher: Clueless and the Spirit of Jane Austen 14
From Beverly Hills to Bronson Alcott High: The Real Teens Behind Clueless 20
The Language of Clueless 25
Casting Clueless: A Tale of Two Studios and Many Actors 32
Part 2 Making Clueless
The Joys and Challenges of Making Clueless 69
The Bright Sunshine of Clueless: Establishing the Film's Visual Aesthetic 89
The Fashion and Beauty of Clueless 97
All That Plaid 104
Ensembly Challenged? Hardly: Dressing the Girls 109
All the Young Dudes: Dressing the Boys 120
Classic Clueless: Key Scenes 126
Cutting Clueless: The Editing Process and the Scenes That Got Deleted 205
Part 3 The Impact of Clueless
The Screening and Selling of Clueless 213
The Story Behind the Clueless Soundtrack 221
The Very Beachy Premiere of Clueless 234
Summer Sleeper: The Critical and Box Office Success of Clueless 239
Clueless the TV Series and the Merchandising of Cher Horowitz 249
The Impact of Clueless on: The Careers of Cast and Crew 257
Remembering Brittany Murphy 271
The Impact of Clueless on: Fashion 277
The Impact of Clueless on: Girl Power and Progressiveness 285
Twenty Years Later: Why Clueless Endures 295
Biographical Notes for All Clueless Sources Quoted in This Book 305
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