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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 14. Oktober 2014

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“Cary Elwes' book recounts the wacky antics of Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner and others behind 'The Princess Bride'… . [A] delightful remembrance of the three months he spent making the unsung movie that went on to become a family classic.” (New York Daily News)

“A tender, comical behind-the-scenes look at the 1987 classic.” (US Weekly)

“Filled with fun tidbits from the cast about making a movie that became an unlikely classic.” (Los Angeles Magazine)

“[A] fascinating memoir…Cary Elwes has proved that he is as adept with the mighty pen as he is with the powerful sword. …A treasure trove of fascinating behind-the-scenes accounts. … As You Wish is thoughtfully and seamlessly compiled.” (New Orleans Living Magazine)

“Even if you don’t have a crush on Cary Elwes, you’ll enjoy this vivid behind-the-scenes account of the making of The Princess Bride. His stories, especially those involving Andre the Giant, will leave you in stitches. Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, and others also recount their experiences. An amusing account of a group of performers who came together to make a heartfelt film that is loved by many.” (Library Journal)

“The movie The Princess Bride achieved a certain cinematic magic, which Elwes (Westley) captures in his warm and revealing behind-the-scenes account.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Designed to hit all fan-service sweet spots for folks familiar with the film, as it’s stuffed with photos, recollections, and interviews with relevant parties. The book’s dust jacket is even a Shepard Fairey print, for crying out loud. I never had a chance.” (The A.V. Club)

“Cary Elwes' memoir will make you want to watch The Princess Bride at least 100 more times.” (SheKnows.com)

“This is an entertaining tale of how 24-year-old Elwes learned how to ride a horse in the Rob Reiner adaptation of William Goldman’s screenplay (and original, brilliant book).” (Flavorwire.com)

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Cary Elwes is a celebrated English actor who starred in The Princess Bride before moving on to roles in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Glory, Days of Thunder, Twister, and Saw, among many other acclaimed performances. He will always be indebted to The Princess Bride, he says, for changing his life and giving him a career that has spanned decades. He lives in Hollywood, California, with his family. Find out more about Cary Elwes on Twitter @Cary_Elwes.

Joe Layden has authored or coauthored more than thirty books, including multiple New York Times bestsellers.

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I really enjoyed reading this very sweet and entertaining book. It was full of background information about the movie. To be honest, I can't wait to watch it again to see if I can identify things I read about in the book. Besides Cary Elwes, other cast members contributed countless reminiscences, and there were several pictures from behind the scenes. The only drawback was sometimes a bit too much repetition of the same information. If you'd like a book full of trivia and happy memories, I highly recommend this one.
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Es gibt Werke, die sind so zauberhaft, dass sie dauerhaft einen Platz im Herzen einnehmen können. Die liebevolle Verfilmung von William Goldmans „Brautprinzessin“ ist für mich eins von diesen.Highlights. Als ich nun durch Zufall das Buch von Cary Elwes entdeckt habe, war klar: Insider-Wissen über die Entstehungsgeschichte von „Die Braut des Prinzen“ – das kann ich mir nicht entgehen lassen!
Innerhalb kurzer Zeit hatte ich das Buch in den Händen und innerhalb noch kürzerer Zeit schließlich ausgelesen. Die durch und durch sympathische und unterhaltsame Art, mit der Cary Elwes über die Dreharbeiten für diesen Film, über seine Mitstreiter vor und hinter der Kamera und sich selber erzählt, macht richtig viel Spaß. Und von dem ersehnten Insider-Wissen gab’s auch jede Menge.
Mein Tipp für alle, die „Die Braut des Prinzen“ mögen: Dieses Buch kaufen und lesen. Anschließend sieht man den Film noch einmal mit ganz neuen Augen. Und – zumindest ging es mir so – mag ihn noch lieber
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Mein Freund ist ein absoluter Fan von dem Film the Princess Bride und als ich von dem Buch gehört habe, wusste ich, dass es ein super Geschenk sein wird.
Er hat das Buch sehr genossen und andauernd die Anekdoten daraus erzählt.
Ich bin mir sicher, dass er das Buch nochmals lesen wird.
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I like the complexity of the characters, some of the plots and finesse of the narratives. The book captivated me. In ways like The Usurper and Other Stories, and like A Twist in the Tale. Worth reading again, especially since it is very intelligently written.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Buy the AUDIBLE version! 16. Oktober 2014
Von Dana Williams - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Probably the fastest I've ever listened to an audiobook. The impressions alone are worth the money, not to mention the great stories about the making of "The Princess Bride." I couldn't stop listening. What impressed me the most was the clear love and admiration the cast and crew had and still have for each other. You can HEAR it in their voices as they talk about each other. Most loved was Andre the Giant. I loved hearing the different impressions of him from Elwes, Reiner, and I believe Sarandon or Guest. You hear how much training and work went into the Greatest Swordfight in Modern History. To hear that Robin Wright and Cary Elwes wanted to keep doing more takes of the final kiss is beyond adorable. Rob Reiner sounds like the nicest guy ever, and I now want to read every book William Goldman ever wrote. I'm sure a dustcover poster is cool, but to me, hearing the actors themselves read and talk about their experiences was beyond worth it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A priceless look into Princess Bride; a must for fans 14. Oktober 2014
Von outwest - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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For those of us who grew up with Princess Bride and still have a habit of silently, or sometimes loudly, saying the many memorable lines of this cult classic, this book could not come soon enough. For those who haven't seen it, The Princess Bride is a movie with a bit of everything: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, and wuv, twuu wuv.

The book takes readers behind the scenes for the movie's most recognizable moments, and includes remembrances from numerous esteemed cast members like Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), Mandy Patinkin (Montoya), Billy Crystal (Miracle Max), Robin Wright (Buttercup), and director Rob Reiner, who each share incredible stories behind how the movie was made and what effect it had on their lives. So much great insight, humor, and congeniality between the cast and crew in the making of this magical film. Inconceivable!

The book is full of wonderful behind-the-scenes stories that are bound to wow any fan. The printed edition has photographs from Reiner and Norman Lear's personal collections, plus plenty of set secrets and very funny tales backstage tales which will keep any fan in stitches.

This book is an absolute must have for any Princess Bride fan, and a should have for everyone else!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen You learn so much more than you would imagine... 15. Oktober 2014
Von E. Dunn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I pre-ordered the book as soon as I heard about it, since The Princess Bride has been one of my favorite movies since I saw it in the theater so many years ago.

The book does not disappoint and the short review is thus:

If you're a fan of THIS movie, just buy the book.

If you'd like a behind the scenes look of what goes on to get a movie made, buy this book. I can't emphasize this enough. By twenty-five percent in, I'd already learned more about the process of making a movie (findind the talent, what it feels like to learn to sword fight, the purpose of a table-read, et al) than any other book or show I've ever seen. If you've never seen "The Princess Bride" - it's not required.

If you're the type of person who likes to watch A&E Biographies or VHI1's "Behind the Music" or even "Inside The Actor's Studio" with James Lipton - BUY THIS BOOK.

If you're looking for a gritty, largely negative tell-all, you'll be disappointed.

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My longer review (largely spoiler free):

The first thing that struck me about the telling was the light tone of the book. The first several times I read "as you wish" (the phrase in the book - which shows up a few times in the first five or so pages), I did cringe a little bit. I also very quickly picked up that Mr. Elwes gives what I could only think of as a "rose colored glasses look back" at how the movie came to be.

But you know what? It works wonderfully. A lovingly crafted movie about a fairy tale deserves a fairy tale look back at how it all came to be. One also begins to realize that Cary landed the role and played the part like his real life had taken on fairy tale proportions as well.

The book is not perfect. There are a few times where Mr. Elwes is a bit repetitive, and perhaps a few times where some segments go on longer than they need to. However, I still give it five stars because overall, the book is extremely engaging - a page burner, if you will. More importantly, we get to see a veritible diary's honesty as if written in between takes of the movie.

The author is quite self-deprecating and one can't express enough how refreshing it is. Once again, I find myself wishing, like I did back in 1987, that I could see Cary Elwes up on screen a whole lot more.

Once I started getting deeper into the "story", as it were, Cary really finds his voice. I had no idea going in that this wasn't just a bunch of cutesy stories about how Andre got drunk or other tidbits you might hear about on set. No way. Again, in a very conversational tone by someone who obviously loved the experience, Cary regales us with inifinite details that frankly, I'm astounded he remembers. Right down to snacks being served on silver platters in one of the hotels.

I loved his chapter on sword-fighting. Granted, I'm a fantasy/sci-fi geek from way back who thought the swordfight in the movie was absolutely fantastic, but hearing how much he had to train and work for that scene only gave me greater appreciation for the effort. (Probably not the least of one of his reasons for devoting a bit of time for that in his book! Mr. Elwes had to work his butt off!)

One other note about the tone of the book: I can nearly hear Cary's "English Accent" as he narrates the book. (I put that in quotes, because I can't think of Cary Elwes without thinking of his line from "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" where he says, "Unlike some Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English Accent!") ;) I almost started to feel like a new actor on a set, he relays the feelings that well. Cary, if I may call him that, lets you get inside his head, revealing his own insecurities and feelings.

There were many points while reading that I found myself smiling. I had to come back to this review to point that out. It's quite simply, that enjoyable of a read.

The book is also surprisingly hefty. I figured.. "How many anecdotes can this guy tell? I mean, I love the movie and I've been a fan of Cary Elwes since he made it, but .. haven't we heard them all?"

Not by a long shot. And the (numerous!) quotes from Rob Reiner and other cast members were a complete joy to read and something of a surprise, since I didn't know they were included as well.

One thing about some actors that has made me cringe is when beloved movies become an embarrassment for them. The fear of type casting is taken to new heights (or whatever their motivation). Sure, I can appreciate an actor begrudging that a movie you make when you're 25 is the greatest thing you've ever done - and you always want to think that your best is yet to come.

Thankfully, Mr. Elwes has never been "that guy" and it shows in the book he's written. One can tell from reading that he understood how lucky he was at the time and has appreciated it ever since. It warms the heart finding out that he's as much a fan of the story (and eventually, of the movie) as any other fan was.

You know how some DVD bonuses involve actors or directors running around with behind the scenes cameras? Getting to see the creation of the movie? "The Lord of the Rings" comes to mind and on the "Dread Pirate Roberts" version of the DVD, this film has a fair amount. But, no amount of behind the scenes started when Cary Elwes was still on the set of another movie...it's that comprehensive.

Besides there never seems to be enough footage - a fan of the movie or a movie buff can't get enough of this stuff. I know in my case, I couldn't put the book down!

Just like there's a shortage of perfect... tell-alls, in this world (Sorry, had to go there! What fan wouldn't include his/her favorite quote? :) ) It would be a pity if you missed this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Where is the Man in Black? 19. Oktober 2014
Von ecae - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
This book is a beloved telling of the making of a beloved movie. Cary Elwes shares such beautiful memories of "The Princess Bride" - you can tell from the genuineness of the words how magical a time this was in making the film and in the 25 years since it's release. I've loved this movie for many years and couldn't wait to buy this book. I tried to buy a ticket to my local Alamo theatre which was having a quote along; was giving away signed copies of the book and Mr. Elwes would be streamed live after the film was shown.

Sadly, the show was completely booked and I couldn't get a ticket. So I waited for my kindle version to be delivered "wirelessly to my device" and read it in a few hours. Like the movie, I didn't want it to end. I thoroughly enjoyed the reminiscences of Mr. Elwes and the rest of the cast and the crew, from Mr. Elwes audition, the actors' insecurities, right through the final kiss scene. Magic.

After finishing, I immediately put in my dvd to watch the film again. And though my intention was to look for the interesting bits referenced in the book (when The Man in Black walked around with a busted toe for example) I admit I again got caught up in the simple innocence and enjoyment of the movie. Which is by far one of my very very favorites.

If you love the movie, you will thoroughly enjoy the book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Meh. 7. Mai 2016
Von M. Bronshvag - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
If you're a big Princess Bride nerd, and I am, then you probably already know some stories from the movie. I knew several awesome anecdotes about Andre the Giant already, he was one of a kind. These are repeated here. They are the most inconceivable thing in the book. The rest is just a behind the scenes look at the making of a movie, mixed in with Cary Elwes' reminisces about being an up-and-coming, anxious young actor. None of it is bad, but if you've watched any director's commentaries, ever, and ever googled Andre the Giant, there won't be anything new here. It's pleasant, if somewhat bland, in that Hollywood "It was just a Privilege to work with all of these people, who were all just Fantastic" style. No gossip. No stunning escapades. Just some mundane stuff while making an awesome movie, while Andre was his awesome self.

Read if you don't know much at all about how movies are made and are curious. Or if you just don't like to google things.

Skip it if that isn't you. Hardcore fans will ignore this, and they won't be traumatized, but they also won't be wowed.
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