Verbal Diorama - Episode 236 - Home Alone - Verbal Diorama

Episode 236

Home Alone

Published on: 24th December, 2023

John Hughes' pair of 1989 comedies Uncle Buck and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation would become integral to the production of his next screenplay, Home Alone, based on the simple idea of "what would it be like if I left one of my young children home alone while I went on vacation?"

It really was a case of lightning in a bottle, with the perfect John Hughes screenplay, a young and willing director in Chris Columbus, the perfect cast, led by the-then eight-year-old Macaulay Culkin, in a performance showing abilities far beyond his years, and Warner Bros willing to finance and distribute the movie.

Everything was ready to go... and then Warner Bros pulled the plug, but clandestine meetings between John Hughes and 20th Century Fox ended up saving the movie, and it led to one of the most beloved and wince-inducing family holiday classics...

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to you all!

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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.
Are you interested in how movies are made? Do you wonder how a film went from conception to completion? If so Verbal Diorama, hosted by Em, is the podcast for you!

Movies are tough to make, and Verbal Diorama is here to celebrate the coming together of teams of extraordinary cast and crew, bringing us movies that inspire us, delight us, make us laugh, make us cry and petrify us. This podcast discovers the stories behind the scenes, and proves how amazing it is that movies actually exist!

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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are audibly book ended by Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.