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Friday, 21 November 2014

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

As a child, The Princess Bride was definitely one of my most beloved movies; my poor VHS copy of it was in such heavy rotation that the tape degraded to the point of being nearly unwatchable! Undetterred by such things, I continued to subject everyone in the household to repeated viewings, because it was just necessary. Needless to say, it had a huge impact on me in my formative years, and I'm sure I'm not the only one whose aesthetic was forever influenced by this film.

With that in mind, you can well imagine how excited I am that Westley himself (a.k.a. Cary Elwes, a.k.a. the dreamiest black-clad, ponytailed, moustachioed, dread pirate ever to grace a screen) has penned a book about his experiences working on the film. From Elwes' own backstage anecdotes and memories, to new interviews with his co-stars from their recent 25 year reunion, this book is a veritable fountain of insider info.

The pages featuring candid, behind the scenes photos are positively heart-melting. Just look at Elwes and Wright having a chuckle together on set, or Elwes grappling Andre the Giant (an exercise in futility, clearly!) Show me someone who claims to be unmoved by the overwhelming cuteness of these photos, and I'll show you a liar! Any Princess Bride fan will surely be delighted to get these insights into the making of an iconic film that has truly stood the test of time. 

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