As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew

As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew

by Jen Chaney
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As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew by Jen Chaney

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476799094
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 737,874
File size: 47 MB
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About the Author

Jen Chaney has been a journalist for twenty years and has spent much of that time writing about movies, television, and popular culture. She currently writes reviews, feature stories, essays, and TV analyses for numerous publications, including New York magazine, The Washington Post, Esquire, Salon, and Chaney is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, and lives with her husband, son, and beagle just outside of Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Introduction v

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

Acknowledgments 319

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Btw that isnt me. Just telling.