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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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Editor Stephen Jay Schneider has brought together 1001 movies ranging from art house classics to westerns, written by leading film critics and journalists. Often witty, always informative, the reviews in this huge volume provide insightful and erudite guides to the best movies ever.A dozen genres are covered: musicals, thrillers, westerns, science-fiction, comedy, war, horror, epics, film noir, art-house, romance, and social drama, arranged in chronological order. Older classics such as Some Like it Hot, Singin' in the Rain, Casablanca, On the Waterfront, Psychoand High Noonjostle for position with contemporary classics such as Goodfellas, Saving Private Ryan, Braveheartand Star Wars. This magnificent guide covers close to a century of memorable movies.New updated paperback edition contains most recent Australian movie releases!
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Film buffs willing to challenge the claim made by Schneider (Understanding Film Genres) that they must see his selection of 1,001 international films are in for a shock. This heavy, boxlike, full-color guide to the best of the best truly represents the work of a century, culling its selection from all genres and nations. Ranging from Georges Melies's Le voyage dans la lune (1902) through Chicago (2002), the offerings include not only films that appear on every "must see" list but also those that should, such as Gun Crazy (1949) and The Evil Dead (1982). Instead of simply summarizing the plot, Schneider and his team of experts (mostly film academics) briefly explain why each film is a must see. Arranged chronologically, film entries include brief summations, credits, award information, and, more often than not, a film still. Director and film indexes conclude the volume. Schneider's book is perhaps most significant for film collections in its integration of genres in a seamless time line that places The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie side by side with Pink Flamingos and Enter the Dragon. Not everyone's must-see film is here (where, for instance, is Spetters?), but Schneider's choices are irrefutable. Highly recommended for all film, general public, and academic reference collections.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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