Tag: Ira Levin

Book Vs Movie: “The Stepford Wives” (1975)

Book Vs Movie

The Stepford Wives 

Ira Levin’s Terrifying 1972 Novel Vs The 1975 William Goldman’s Screenplay (Or is it?)

Also, the really bad take by Roger Ebert in 1975 (and the sequel!)

The Margos are heading back to the Burbs with our long 70s flowing hair and obsession with waxing kitchen floors in the Ira Levin classic novel The Stepford Wives that was turned into a film in 1975 and directed by Bryan Forbes. Stepford, Connecticut is the fictional setting where families move in and within four months–the wives turn into robots who love, sex, cooking, and cleaning 

Joanna Eberhart leaves her beloved NYC for Stepford because her husband wants to experience life in such a surreally lovely setting. He also joins the local men’s group and stays every night. Joanna knows something is messed up but can’t figure out exactly what is going on to the women of Stepford–until its too late.  

The 1975 adaptation did modestly well and had some bad reviews by top critics like Paulene Kael and Roger Ebert (he was a bit of a sexist, y’all!) The screenplay was adapted by past Book Vs Movie subject William Goldman (The Princess Bride) and directed by Bryan Forbes who chose his wife as one of the first Stepford wives we meet–which therefore changed the proposed costuming of miniskirts to modest dresses. Many people think is a mistake in the telling of the story. They are wrong and we discuss that in the podcast.

The film was nightmare fuel to so many kids who saw it on TV in the 70s and 80s and revisiting the book brought back was such a fun treat (we originally covered this in 2016.) 

So which did we prefer between the book and the movie? Have a listen and find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips used

  • The Stepford Wives have a “consciousness-raising” discussion
  • “The Stepford Wives” trailer (1975)
  • Bobbie meets Joanna
  • Joanna finds out what really happens to the women
  • Music: Michael Small

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Book Vs Movie: “Rosemary’s Baby” RIP Robert Evans (2017 Replay)

Book Vs Movie (RIP Robert Evans)

Rosemary’s Baby”

Special Podcast Guest Juliette Miranda and Margo D. Take a Close Look at the Classic Book and Movie

Today we learned that Paramount Chief Robert Evans passed away at the age of 89. So we decided to replay one of our favorite episodes is honored. Margo D. (co-host of Book Vs. Movie) and Juliette Miranda of the Unwritable Rant podcast turn up the spookiness talking about the classic Ira Levin novel and the venerated film directed by Roman Polanski.

This originally ran in 2017. Enjoy!

In this episode we discuss:

    • The incredible work of Ira Levin
    • Mia Farrow’s incredible performance and offscreen troubles with husband Frank Sinatra (!)
    • The near-perfect direction by Roman Polanski and how he frames his shots.
    • The weird rape scene featuring a rather unfortunate “hairy paw”
    • How strong (or weak) the character of Rosemary is at different times in the movie.

Clips used:

Rosemary’s Baby  TV trailer

Rosemary’s dream sequence

The morning after Rosemary’s baby ceremony

Rosemary and Dr. Hill

“His eyes!”

Outro Music: Rosemary’s Baby theme by Mia Farrow, Krysztof Komeda

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Check out this NEW episode of Book Vs. Movie!

Book Vs Movie “Rosemary’s Baby”

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Rosemary’s Baby”

Special Podcast Guest Juliette Miranda and Margo D. Take a Close Look at the Classic Book and Movie

 

Margo D. (co-host of Book Vs. Movie) and Juliette Miranda of the Unwritable Rant podcast turn up the spookiness in this episode talking about the classic Ira Levin novel and the venerated film directed by Roman Polanski. It took a year to make this show happen but it’s now ready, enjoy!

In this episode we discuss:

  • The incredible work of Ira Levin
  • Mia Farrow’s incredible performance and offscreen troubles with husband Frank Sinatra (!)
  • The near perfect direction by Roman Polanski and how he frames his shots.
  • The weird rape scene featuring a rather unfortunate “hairy paw”  
  • How strong (or weak) the character of Rosemary is at different times in the movie.

 

Clips used:

Rosemary’s Baby  TV trailer

Rosemary’s dream sequence

The morning after Rosemary’s baby ceremony

Rosemary and Dr. HIll

“His eyes!”

Outro Music: Rosemary’s Baby theme by Mia Farrow, Krysztof Komeda

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

Find us in Apple Podcasts

Twitter @bookversusmovie www.bookversusmovie.com

Email us at bookversusmoviepodcast@gmail.com

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

Margo P. @ShesNachoMama www.shesnachomamasblog.com

 

 

Check out this NEW episode of Book Vs. Movie!