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Book Vs Movie Podcast

Book Vs. Movie is the podcast that asks the questions "Which was better...the book or the movie?" Spoiler Alert! We give away the main details, uncover the plot points, discuss casting choices and shower with praise (or pummel with snark) as we see fit. Hosts are Margo P. (She's Nacho Mama's Blog) and Margo D. (Creator of Brooklyn Fit Chick.com) and we are not afraid to tell it like it is!
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Jan 27, 2022

Book Vs. Movie Sabrina Fair

The 1953 Play Vs the 1954 & 1995 Movie Adaptations (Sabrina

The Margos are feeling romance a little early this year so we are diving into the play Sabrina Fair which was the basis for two Sabrina movies. Written by Samuel A. Taylor, the original Broadway production starred Margaret Sullavan and Joseph Cotten as our mismatched lovebirds, Sabrina Fairchild and Linus Larrabee, who both live on a huge estate in Long Island but one stays in the “main house” and the other lives in ‘the little house next to the big house.” 

Sabrina is the chauffeur’s daughter who comes home after working for five years in Paris for NATO (!) and is now trying to figure out what to do with her romantic status. At the age of 30, she has a Parisian rich fellow who wants to marry her. The younger brother of Linus, David Larrabee, was a huge crush of hers but his new affection for her has Linus competing for Sabrina because…guy stuff? 

In the play, Sabrina is pragmatic on what is available to women in mid-20th Century America, and with her chauffeur father actually being on the chair of Larrabee’s business board--marrying Linus is just a smart move. It’s a witty, charming work, and no wonder Billy Wilder wanted to adapt it for his last film at Paramount. 

The 1954 film stars Humphrey Bogart as Linus and hunk William Holden as party boy David with Audrey Hepburn serving as the titular character. Bogart was 54 (and apparently really grumpy about everything to do with the film) and Hepburn, 25, had just won an Academy Award for Roman Holiday. Wilder had this Sabrina go to Paris for two years to learn French cooking while she obsessed over David’s every move from afar. When she gets back, David wants to marry her (making her the fourth or fifth wife) and Linus woos her just to keep her from ruining some family deal with plastics. So, yay for them falling in love? 

The 1995 version was directed by Sydney Pollack and written by Barbara Benedek & David Rayfiel with Harrison Ford playing Linus Larrabee and Julia Ormond as our Sabrina. Here  Sabrina spends several years in Paris working in magazines and developing a passion for photography. Greg Kinnear plays David who is swooning for Sabrina even though he is engaged to Lauren Holly. Here Linus works overtime to win over our heroine while she is very conflicted about her feelings for him. Does love conquer all? 

So, between the original story and the adaptations--which did we prefer? 

 

This episode is sponsored by Kensignton’s newest “small-town romance with a big heart” novel by Kate Pearce Romancing the Rancher. It’s the sixth installment of a series about the Millers of Morgan Valley who live in Morganville, California. 

 

Pearce is a  New York Times bestselling author and her sexy and heartwarming stories are known to have unconventional characters and subverting romance cliches. In Romancing the Rancher we have Evan Miller who dreams of leaving the family ranch and joining a rodeo tour. He meets Josie Martinez who has bull riding in her genes but dreams of living in San Francisco instead as a tech entrepreneur. 

You can follow Kate Pearce at KatePearce.com and on Twitter @Kate4Queen 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The playwright Samuel A. Taylor and his feelings about the screenplay (which he helped write!)
  • The basic story of the ply and films (we spoil the details?)
  • Behind the scenes gossip on the original film 
  • Starring: ( 1955) Audrey Hepburn (Sabrina Fairchild,) Humphrey Bogart (Linus Larrabee,) William Holden (David Larrabee,) Walter Hampden (Linus Larrabee, Sr.,) John Williams (Thomas Fairchild,) Martha Hyer (Elizabeth,) Nella Walker (Maude Larrabee.) Marcel Hillarie (Professor in Paris,) 1995: Harrison Ford (Linus,) Julia Ormond (Sabrina,) Greg Kinnear (David,) Nancy Marchand (Maude Larrabee,) Angie Dickinson (Ingrid Tyson,) Dana Ivey (Mack,) and Richard Crenna as Patrick Tyson. 

Clips used:

  • David “meets Sabrina (1955 film)
  • Sabrina 1955 trailer
  • Linus and Sabrina on the tennis courts (1955 film)
  • Linus and Sabrina dancing (1955 film)
  • Linus realizes he loves Sabrina (1955 film)
  • David meets Sabrina at the train station (1995 version) 
  • Linus realizes he loves Sabrina (1995 film)
  • Music by La Vie en Rose (Edith Piaf)

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Jan 20, 2022

Book Vs. Movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Barry Crump’s 1986 Novella Vs the Taika Waititi 2016 Film

The Margos search for their inner Kiwi in this examination of one of the most creators from New Zealand--writer Barry Crump and filmmaker Taika Waititi. The 2016 film Hunt for the Wilderpeople is an adaptation by Waititi of Crump’s novella Wild Pork and Watercress and would go on to be one of the most successful films from New Zealand. 

The story centers on the relationship between a “juvenile delinquent” Ricky Baker (played by Julian Dennison) who is on the run from child protective services along with his cantankerous uncle Hector Faulkner (Sam Neill) in the bush. Together they learn to live off the land, trust each other, and form a family 

Much of what takes place in the novella is in the 2016 movie that uses gorgeous locations in the New Zealand bush plus amazing performances by an array of local actors including Rachel House as child welfare worker Paula Hall and the director himself as a minister. It opened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and is the highest film in New Zealand with $12million at the box office. The population there is almost 5 million to give you an idea of how much the country supported this film. 

Crump (1935-1995) was a legend in New Zealand as a writer, hunter, ad pitchman, and was basically “Crocodile Dundee” before Paul Hogan took over the persona. He and his sidekick Scotty (Lloyd Scott) sold Toyota trucks for over 15 years while he spent a writing career starting in the 1960s talking about the bush country and the people and animals who lived there. 

Taika Waititi is one of the country’s most famous exports as a comedian, director, producer, actor, and screenwriter. Some of his most famous works include What We Do in the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok, and Jojo Rabbitt. You can tell this is a work of love and we are so excited to talk about it all in this episode!  

So, between the original story and the 2016 adaptation--which did we prefer? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips used:

  • Ricky Baker birthday song
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople trailer
  • Ricky badly explains his circumstances
  • Ricky meets Haku
  • Ricky and Hec being chased by Paula and Andy
  • Music by Moniker 

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Our logo was designed by Madeleine Gainey/Studio 39 Marketing Follow on Instagram @Studio39Marketing & @musicalmadeleine 





Jan 13, 2022

Book Vs. Movie The Lost Daughter

The 2008 Novel by Elena Ferrante Vs the 2021 Maggie Gyllenhaal Directorial & Screenplay Debut

The Margos are up for a psychological drama and wow--does The Lost Daughter deliver! The movie is the writing & directing debut of actor Maggie Gyllenhaal who tells the story of Leda Caruso (played by the amazing Olivia Colman) who struggles with her identity as a mother years after her children have grown and gone on their own. 

Set in Greece, adult Leda meets the messy and gorgeous Nina who is younger with a small child she seems to love unconditionally. Lena is traveling alone and Nina has a large noisy family with her and between a "detente" on beach chairs and Leda is able to find three-year-old Lena when she takes off on vacation. Nina’s family embraces her without knowing anything about Leda, she has stolen Lena’s beloved doll. 

Leda as a young wife and mother felt left behind in her teaching career and overwhelmed with taking care of two young daughters. She tries to be patient and loving with her spouse and children but she is filled with rage. Leda is not a “natural mother” and feels the best thing to do is to leave her children behind. 

Now she is 48, single, and trying to navigate life knowing her daughters resent her and not knowing how to make amends to them. Nina has her own secrets and questions her own ability as a parent. 

The film by Gyllenhaal asks the audience to try and have empathy for Leda while acknowledging her shortcomings. It’s a truly amazing debut and we have thoughts about both the book and film.  

So, between the original story and the 2021 adaptation--which did we prefer? 

 

This episode is sponsored by Kensington’s newest “small-town romance with a big heart” novel by Kate Pearce Romancing the Rancher. It’s the sixth installment of a series about the Millers of Morgan Valley who live in Morganville, California. 

Pearce is a  New York Times bestselling author and her sexy and heartwarming stories are known to have unconventional characters and subverting romance cliches. In Romancing the Rancher we have Evan Miller who dreams of leaving the family ranch and joining a rodeo tour. He meets Josie Martinez who has bull riding in her genes but dreams of living in San Francisco instead as a tech entrepreneur. 

You can follow Kate Pearce at KatePearce.com and on Twitter @Kate4Queen 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips used:

  • Professor Hardy (Peter Sarsgaard) and Young Leda (Jessie Buckley)
  • The Lost Daughter  trailer
  • Elena loser her doll
  • Bon Jovi dance scene
  • Leda admits to stealing the doll 
  • Music by Dickon Hinchliffe

Book Vs. Movie is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. Find more podcasts you will love Frolic.Media/podcasts

Join our Patreon page to help support the show! https://www.patreon.com/bookversusmovie 

Book Vs. Movie podcast https://www.facebook.com/bookversusmovie/

Twitter @bookversusmovie www.bookversusmovie.com

Email us at bookversusmoviepodcast@gmail.com

Margo D. @BrooklynFitChik www.brooklynfitchick.com brooklynfitchick@gmail.com

Margo P. @ShesNachoMama https://coloniabook.weebly.com/ 

Our logo was designed by Madeleine Gainey/Studio 39 Marketing Follow on Instagram @Studio39Marketing & @musicalmadeleine 





Jan 6, 2022

Book Vs. Movie: Heart of Darkness & Apocalypse Now

The Joseph Conrad Classic Novel Vs the Francis Ford Coppola Classic Film

The Margos are going to talk about the multiple “horrors” of the 1899 Joseph Conrad novel Heart of Darkness and the 1979 Apocalypse Now film directed by Francis Ford Coppola which are both considered classics of their genre. They both follow the story of men who enter into dangerous situations which could either be a sly attack of European colonialism or more pandering to the white man as true leader mythos. Either way--we are a podcast that talks about the author, novel and then compares the filmed adaptation to decide which we like better. We are NOT experts on film, books, or colonialism. So if you are writing a paper about any of this, do not consider us a huge source. This is for entertainment! 

Joseph Conrad is considered one of the greatest novelists of all time and was born in Poland to revolutionaries and political activists. He had a chaotic upbringing being raised by his mother’s brother and being educated on and off until his 20s.  Conrad was fluent in Polish, English, and French and was conversational in Greek and German. He spent several years as a merchant marine for France and England. 

He began his writing career in 1895 with Almayer’s Folly and wrote in a style of literary impressionism. His Heart of Darkness was adapted to screen several times over the 20th Century with the most famous being the Francis Ford Coppola film that almost killed him and some of his actors (wait until you hear about it!) 

The story is about ferry boat sailor Charles Marlow who is on a mission to find Mr. Kurtz who has disappeared somewhere along the Congo (though the site is not mentioned in the book) and has become enmeshed in the world of the “natives.” In the end, Kurtz returns to the “civilized” world telling the late Kurtz’s finance he was thinking of her when he died. In reality, he said “the horror.” 

The movie is set in Viet Nam late 1960s during the war with Martin Sheen as Captain Benjamin Willard who is set to look for the missing Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) who has hidden in Cambodia and is considered insane and dangerous. The film was famous for being over budget, stressful, and almost killed several people attached to the project. 

So, between the original story and the 1979 adaptation--which did we prefer? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips used:

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