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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die: 5th Anniversary Edition [Hardcover]

Stephen Jay Schneider
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Oct. 1 2008
This special Fifth Anniversary Edition of the acclaimed film reference guide is packed with virtually everything movie lovers need to know about the films they simply must see. Stephen Jay Schneider and his team of writers have brought the book up to date by including the most memorable movies released during the past five years. Among their new additions are The Queen, The Lives of Others, Brokeback Mountain, and several more recent movies that have attracted worldwide attention. Covering more than a century of filmmaking and dating back to silent-era sensations such as Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery and Chaplin's The Gold Rush, this book describes musicals, dramas, screwball comedies, experimental "New Wave" films from 1950s and '60s Italy and France, major films noir, classic westerns, action and adventure films, and even memorable documentaries. It lists each film's director and cast, presents a plot summary and production notes, and cites interesting, often little-known facts relating to the film's cast, storyline, and production. For students of cinema, discerning film buffs, DVD collectors, and readers who enjoy thumbing through and reminiscing over cherished screen moments, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is the place to start reading. Filled with 800 movie still shots and actors' photos.

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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."

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“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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every Cinephile March 11 2012
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Since almost ten years I've been at the research of the most unique and obscure films of all time. With this book I find so obvious and not so obvious choices of movies I love to discover!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before you die books July 19 2004
Add this to your roster of great reads and even more importantly, see the movies before you die. If you love movies, this book describes 1001 of the best films from around the world, with black and white and color photos. All my favorites were mentioned and there are about 500 more I need to see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good source book for movie fans April 30 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly researched and informative work June 28 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Spanning Cinema June 14 2004
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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