The definitive guide to everything fans want to know about A Christmas Story shares the inside story behind the film’s production, release, and unlikely ascent to the top of popular culture. From Jean Shepherd’s original radio broadcasts to Bob Clark’s 1983 sleeper hit film and beyond, A Christmas Story has become a beloved Yuletide tradition over the last three decades. In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its theatrical release, this is the untold story of the making of the film, and what happened afterwards. Ralphie Parker’s quest for a Red Ryder air rifle didn’t end with the movie’s release; the tale inspired massive VHS sales, a Broadway production, and a mountain of merchandise. Complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs, now fans of the movie and film buffs alike can lean all they didn’t know about the timeless classic.
Hardcover and 336 pages long, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic is now ready for pre-ordering on Amazon, with an expected shipping date of October 1.
What this means is the film will be preserved for future generations, in an effort between the Library and the movie studio.
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The write-up by the Library of Congress says,
Humorist Jean Shepherd narrates this memoir of growing up in Hammond, Ind., during the 1940s when his greatest ambition was to receive a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. The film is based in part on Shepherd’s 1966 compilation of short stories titled “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,” which originated on his radio and television programs. Writer-director Bob Clark had long dreamed of making a movie based on Shepherd’s work and his reverence for the material shows through as detail after nostalgic detail rings true with period flavor. Dozens of small but expertly realized moments reflect an astute understanding of human nature. Peter Billingsley—with his cherubic cheeks, oversized glasses and giddy grin—portrays Shepherd as a boy. Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon are his harried-yet-lovable parents.
Last week Caseen Gaines reached out to me, asking me to share his Kickstarter project, funding a book about the making of A Christmas Story. After exchanging emails (and still playing phone tag) I found out that I’m included in the book! I’m guessing it’s my stay in A Christmas Story House which got me featured.
Gaines is no stranger to writing about “behind the scenes” of tv and film, having previously authored Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of a Pop Phenomenon.
A Christmas Story: The Making of a Holiday Classic, will offer an informative and illustrated look behind-the-scenes of the well-respected film. I have obtained access to the cast and crew, rare and previously-unpublished photographs, and never-before-told stories.
To help Gaines fund this project, you can pledge as little as $15. At $30, you get a digital copy of A Christmas Story: The Making of a Holiday Classic and at $40 you get a DVD of the TV Guide Network television special about the film, and a print copy of A Christmas Story: The Making of a Holiday Classic signed by Gaines. If you get in early, you can get the $30 package for just $20, or the $40 for $25.
This Groupon offer is up for sale until November 11th, and must be used by October 27, 2013. You can purchase 2 tickets for $10, or 4 tickets for $20. Children aged 7–12 are regularly admitted for $6; children 6 and younger are free.