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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (Sept. 5 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579127827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579127824
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,209,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From a century of great comedies, dramas, musicals, romances and more, Kinn and Piazza have selected and ranked the top 101 films worldwide and provided insightful commentary, facts and figures, behind-the-scenes info, and lush photographs that bring each film to life on the page. Call it a celebration of movies, a peerless guide to the best of the best or call it the best checklist ever compiled for movie lovers. (How many have you seen?) The Greatest Movies Ever is a must-have for film buffs of every age and taste.

About the Author

Jim Piazza is an essayist, screenwriter, and playwright whose personal essays and writings about the media have appeared in The Village Voice and Out Magazine. He has been a script analyst for Columbia, Fox, and Paramount Pictures. He is also the author of the lavish tribute to Elvis, The King and co-author of The Academy Awards (Black Dog Leventhal).

Gail Kinn has conceived and edited a wide range of film books including Screwball: The Great Romantic Comedies, Hollywood at Home: The Photographs of Sid Avery, and The Scorsese Picture. She is the coauthor of The Academy Awards.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Impressively put-together, if you ignore the glaring errors Dec 15 2008
By James Kunz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am something of a collector of "Best movie ever" type books, so believe me when I say that in many regards this is one of the best. The amount of information presented for each entry is very impressive, the color photographs well-chosen, and the writing of a high caliber. The book passed the ultimate test: it made me want to watch the movies listed that I hadn't seen so I could read the articles about them. However, the amount of factual material that is incorrect is somewhat staggering. A previous reviewer already mentioned a point about Natalie Wood; let me simply list the ones I saw off the top of my head.

-The authors say that The Graduate was Mike Nichols' directorial debut, when in fact he directed the (hardly obscure) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf the year before
-The authors talk about how the characters in The African Queen are worried about alligators. Alligators live in America and China, Crocodiles live in Africa.
-The authors say that Jean Renoir made Rules of the Game "having grown disturbed by France's complacency over the German occupation." Obviously untrue if you consider the fact that the movie was released in 1939 and the occupation didn't begin until 1940
-In the entry for Chinatown the authors state that Rosemary's Baby was released in 1963, a full five years away from its actual 1968 release date. Additionally, they attribute the famous "Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown" quote to Lt. Escobar when in fact Walsh says it.
-The authors state that The Last Picture show was released in 1968, when in fact it was released in 1971
-For some reason the authors write that Elia Kazan "made a comeback, after years of inactivity" with Reversal of Fortune when he did absolutely no such thing--Barbet Schroeder directed that film.

I watch a ton of movies, but I'm not getting paid to write about them--Gail Kinn and Jim Piazza are. Most of these errors are incredibly easy to avoid (just by plugging them into IMDB you can get your release year). I mean, anyone who knows the slightest detail about WWII would realize that a movie released in 1939 couldnt possibly be made to describe the French occupation by Germany. These authors' job is to write about movies; they should not be making half a dozen errors that I easily notice in the SECOND EDITION of their work. Other that that, though, as I mentioned before, it's a worthy read.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
good read for film fans Oct. 30 2008
By Ronald S. Fernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is interesting to read when readable. The print is so tiny it was very difficult to make out. Good contents and interesting comments and back stories of each film. Wonderful photos as well. A few glaring errors though. One in particular was on the bio of NATALIE WOOD. Listed as one of her credits was DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. Wrong. That was sister Lana in that film. Inaccuracies like these and others harm the book, but still a good read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Just Another "Great Movies" List July 28 2010
By JMM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are many lists out there of the greatest movies of all time, and this book is just one of them. Listing their 101 favorite films, the authors include about 3 pages of information about each of their selections. Included in the profile for each film is:

- The Plot: one paragraph summary of the film's general story
- The Cast: a list of the key characters and the actors who played them
- The Director: brief director bio with filmography
- Notable Quotes: not from the film, but from the cast and crew about the film
- The Great Scene: the scene which the authors believe best defines the film
- Academy Awards: Oscar nominations and wins that the film received
- Behind the Screen: a few behind-the-scenes facts about the making of the film

One other interesting feature in the book is called "The Other Lists". Each film is compared to the greatest movies list by other publications/organizations, including the American Film Institute, film critic Roger Ebert, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and IMDb to name a few. By comparing lists, the authors acknowledge that there is no right or wrong list and that each person will form his/her own opinion about which films deserve to be on the "greatest list".

Many of the films you'd expect to be on anyone's greatest movie list are here: "The Godfather", "Citizen Kane", "Star Wars", "Blade Runner", "The Wizard of Oz", "Jaws", etc. The greatest omission by the authors here is "12 Angry Men". Also, the cover of the book claims that this is a revised and updated version. Yet despite being published in 2008, only two films after the year 2000 make the list, and many great 1990s films are missing as well. No "Fight Club", "The Matrix", "Lord of the Rings", or "Toy Story" (in fact, no Pixar film makes the list).

I should also mention that the book includes 3-4 images from each film, although the image choice and quality is not particularly great. I would say that the layout of this book and the design of the pages is just average.

Again, these lists are subjective - I agree of many of the authors' choices but disagree in some areas. But if you're looking for great films, this book provides quite a few good recommendations.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
More Errors Oct. 19 2011
By David Fyten - Published on Amazon.com
--Book states that Dalton Trumbo's blacklisted period ended with his screenplay for Anatomy of a Murder in 1959. Trumbo didn't write that screenplay. His blacklisting ended when Kirk Douglas used Trumbo's real name in crediting his screenplay for Spartacus in 1960.

--Book lists 1968 as the year of release of The Last Picture Show. It was released in 1971.

Annoying, but if you don't rely on the book for reference, it's a good read otherwise.
Not Anywhere Near The Last Word In Picture Shows March 5 2012
By lewis jackman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Any book that attempts the fool's errand of attempting to determine the 101 "best" films ever made is obviously highly subjective and just begging for argument--which is not necessarily a bad thing. But, as others have pointed out, seems like authors have deliberately applied a rather scatter-shot criteria to rein in as many movie fans/book buyers of all ages as possible, in the process including a number of films that would be doubtful inclusions by any standards.

Personal tastes aside, no way around the fact that the book is riddled with many indisputable factual errors that never should have gotten past a proof-reader: Henry Fonda did NOT win an Oscar for Grapes Of Wrath, Sunset Boulevard was NOT Erich von Stroheim's last film, and so on. And many goofs pointed out in earlier editions were not even corrected for later printings. Despite glossy lay-out which suggests a high-end coffee table book, flat-out sloppiness is more reminiscent of literary version of Sanka.


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