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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die: 5th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – Oct 1 2008

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  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 3 edition (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764161512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764161513
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 17 x 6.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #462,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Film lovers seeking critical guidance more discerning than daily newspaper reviews but less daunting than scholarly journal articles depend on a handful of critics who write about rarefied films for a general audience. 1001 Movies You Must See before You Die puts a user-friendly mask on the serious thought animating its effort to create a roster of indispensable films and rather belies the erudition of its well-qualified contributors. The chosen 1,001 are chronologically listed, from the surreal sf short A Trip to the Moon (1902) to Russian Ark and chicago (both 2002). This list has been compiled with an eye to historical importance and popular acclaim, which explains the presence of such critically suspect crowd-pleasers as Saturday Night Fever, Top Gun, and E.T. Since Chantal Akerman's nearly four-hour Jeanne Dielman and the Czech psychedelic farce Sedmikrasky (Daisies) also appear, it can't, however, be accused of pandering to popular taste. Attractive design, incorporating stills from most chosen titles, makes the volume a browser's delight as well as a useful guide for casual viewers and film buffs alike. Gordon Flagg
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"We at Gotham love, love, love our movies. So when we received 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die…we started taking notes for our next Netflix order. 1001 Movies is a cinephile's dream: From the silents (The Birth of a Nation) to 1940s film noir (The Maltese Falcon) to the first of the independents (Cassavetes' Shadows) to 2004's Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby, the book gives an extensive history of each film, with most entries accompanied by stills. We found plenty of little-seen gems, too, like Japanese director Kon Ichikawa's The Burmese Harp from 1956."


"This gargantuan volume is the perfect tip sheet for cinephiles, and includes everything from 1920's A Trip to the Moon to last year's Million Dollar Baby. Its balanced diet of indisputable classics (The Godfather), cult flicks (Eraserhead), and obscurities (The Ear) oughta keep you and your DVD player busy for many, many years…or until Ben Affleck makes a movie worthy of inclusion."


"…terrifically useful. You can reacquaint yourself with old favorites you haven't seen for years and remind yourself of what to pick up for home viewing. Editor Steven Jay Schneider and his team deliver succinct plot summaries and smart comment."

Houston Chronicle

“1001 MOVIES You Must See Before You Die ... a great motivating guide to cinema. After reading one of its engaging, often profound entries on a missed film, you want to run out and rent it.” —Dallas Morning News

“If you’re constantly wondering what to pop into the VCR or DVD player, get this book!” —The Star

“An excellent new film anthology...1001 Movies will serve as one of your ultimate movie guides. It presents everything you need to know about the must-see films...” —The Wave Channel Guide

“Instead of simply summarizing the plot, Schneider and his team of experts briefly explain why each film is a must see.... Schneider’s choices are irrefutable. Highly recommended...” —Library Journal

“... a browser’s delight as well as a useful guide for casual viewers and film buffs alike” —Booklist

“...Schneider’s sources are solid...” —Buffalo News --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
One of the first lessons about movies is that excellence doesn't necessarily mean box office success and vice versa. When I first saw this I thought it would be simply be a listing of those films, mostly Hollywood, that are too big to ignore. It was therefore a pleasant surprise to see it includes a lot of lesser known films that generally go under the label of "art house" and thus get ignored except at film festivals. The fact that several different people contributed the essays on each film no doubt helped in that. Yes, like other reviewers, there are several omitted films that I would have included, and some that have been included that I would have omitted. Maybe a list of the next 1001 most worthy films at the back of the book would have been a good solution. The choice of stills accompanying the entries (not all entries are illustrated) is pretty good and they are well reproduced. The book is a full one; it has one of the thickest spines on a book I have ever seen!
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Format: Hardcover
For the casual film fan this book provides an excellent overview of the cinema for the past century. In order to fit in the large number of mini reviews and commentaries for the selected entries the editors had to omit a good number of films that many would have deemed worthy of inclusion. The most egregious omissions were of silent films, of which only a relatively small number were included from the many years before the beginning of sound films. Film buffs may argue with some of the selections, but the inclusion of "small" and cult films alongside the well-known Academy Award winners is to be applauded. The editors, though, were often sloppy with the sidebar award section, giving a film credit for an Oscar win when only a nomination was received. There are several instances when at least two films from the same year were cited as winning the same Oscar. For those like myself who can recite year-by-year the Oscar award winners and nominees, the sidebar errors detracted from the scholarship of the work.
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This book is COMPLETELY awesome. It's 940 pages with great color pics on almost every page, and 1001 short essays by leading critics. The selection is listed chronologically, and it's almost perfect - lots of world cinema, lots of weirdo classics, lots of cool stuff. There are 10 movies by Bergman on the list, 5 by Capra, 10 by Kubrick, 9 by Spielberg, 4 by Tarkovsky, 4 by Von Trier, 2 by Miyazaki, 6 by Kurosawa, 6 by Antonioni 18 by Hitchcock, 3 by Cronenberg, 3 by Kar-Wai etc, etc. And it was released recently, which means that it also includes fairly new movies like "City of God" and "Far From Heaven". Highly recommended! It may very well be the only movie book you'll ever need, and it could be the best book about movies ever. It's literally a lifetime of wonderful viewing.
(A few missing films that I would welcomed: Lassiter's "Toy Story II", Romero's "Martin", Jodorowsky's "Santa Sangre", Bogdanovich' "Paper Moon", Cronenberg's "Dead Ringers", Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro", Greenaways' "Drowning By Numbers" and a few others. But that's silly nitpicking. This book is great!)
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Make no mistake, this is a heavy read, and you should expect to spend at least a month reading it. But when you are finished with it, you are going to feel so much more enlightened about cinema, that it's a revelation! A year ago, before I had read this book, I passed the movie section in my library, and barely knew of, let alone had interest in the Polish, Italian and German films that resided there. Neither did I know the goldmine of old American movies that were available to me. This book alone changed all that, making me able to recognize the names and films of Capra, Antonioni, Bertolucci, Almodovar, Fellini and many others. 1001MYMSBYD covers everything from blockbusters to art films to dramas, and can turn the most uninformed layman reader into an educated movie buff! Very recommended. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because of its grammar and factual mistakes (wrong years, wrong pictures winning the oscar, et.c.), which mar an otherwise brilliant book.
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This is a terrific companion for the committed film buff, or someone looking forward to expanding their knowledge of world cinema.
I am sure many discussions have and will be provoked by what has been included, what left out. I have already started writing a list of omissions which I find scandalous! I am sure it won't accord with anyone else's!
I really like the genre indices - for dipping into when you are in the mood for finding something at the video shop in a certain style.
My personal 'shock-horror' omissions?
So far:
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Le Cercle Rouge
Funny Girl
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
Mrs Miniver
Carnival of Souls
The Party
The Court Jester
Ryan's Daughter (if only because it played forever in Australia!)
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