1,001 Movies You Must See before You Die

1,001 Movies You Must See before You Die

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by Steven Jay Schneider
     
 

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"You played it for her, Sam. Now, play it for me." Everybody loves a good movie, and Casablanca is just one of the classics described in this, the ultimate book about movies! This volume's expert team of authors spans a full century of production, concisely describing 1001 of the best films from around the world. The listings are dramatically augmented with

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"You played it for her, Sam. Now, play it for me." Everybody loves a good movie, and Casablanca is just one of the classics described in this, the ultimate book about movies! This volume's expert team of authors spans a full century of production, concisely describing 1001 of the best films from around the world. The listings are dramatically augmented with memorable photos, both in color and black and white. The book is a chrono-logical survey covering the best cinematic dramas, comedies, westerns, musicals, suspense and horror films, gangster classics, films noir, sci-fi epics, documentaries, and adaptations of novels and stage plays. Starting in 1902 with the French production, Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) and the famous 1903 American short, The Great Train Robbery, this immensely enjoyable read moves forward chronologically. Film fans review the 1920s silent classics of D. W. Griffith and the comedies of Chaplin and Keaton, then go on to the era of sound films, beginning in 1927 with Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer. Soon to follow were von Sternberg's 1931 classic with Marlene Dietrich, Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel), the Bela Lugosi portrayal of Dracula, and the inimitable King Kong. Other highlights from the 1930s include screwball comedies like It Happened One Night and Bringing Up Baby, the elegant song-and-dance fests that paired Astaire and Rogers, the crazy antics of the Marx Brothers, and the classic Warner Brothers gangster films where James Cagney, George Raft, and Edward G. Robinson were brought to justice in the final reel. In the 1940s, The Maltese Falconand Casablanca made Humphrey Bogart a household name--and spanning nearly a half-century, from the 1930s to the '80s, Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classics thrilled millions. Also well represented are the post-World War II European New Wave directors, including Pasolini, Fellini, and Antonioni from Italy, Resnais and Truffaut from France, and many others. Here too in words and photos are the classic westerns, from epics starring John Wayne and Gary Cooper to those in which Clint Eastwood shot it out with the bad and the ugly. --And certainly not to be overlooked are the great musicals, from Singin' in the Rain to Chicago.Readers who open this book to any page will find a major film described with a complete list of credits, an essay summarizing its story line and screen-history, and still shots of some of the film's memorable scenes. At the back of the book, both an alpha-betical index and a genre index will help readers find any film they're looking for in a hurry. Collectors of DVDs and video tapes will find this volume a must for their bookshelf, but even casual moviegoers will enjoy browsing through this big, entertaining reference book. For students of cinema, for discerning film buffs, for general moviegoers, and for readers who enjoy reminiscing over unforgettable lines of dialogue, here's the best place to start.

Editorial Reviews

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"1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is one heavy, fat tome, but it's a great motivating guide to cinema. After reading one of its engaging, often profound entries on a missed film, you want to run out to Premiere Video and rent it. Best of all, it includes international, silent, animated and recent films such as City of God. And yes, Richard Linklater's Slacker is here."

Dallas Morning News, April 29, 2004

"Instead of simply summarizing the plot, Schneider and his team of experts briefly explain why each film is a must see. â?¦ Schneider's choices are irrefutable. Highly recommended for all film, general public, and academic reference collections."

Library Journal, April 15, 2004

"An excellent new film anthology from Barron's Publishingâ?¦ 1001 Movies will serve as one of your ultimate movie guides. It presents everything you need to know about the must-see filmsâ?¦ For students of cinema, for discerning film buffs, for enthusiastic fans, and for readers who enjoy thumbing through reminiscing over unforgettable screen memories, here's the place to start reading."

The Wave Channel Guide, February 14, 2004

"â?¦the book is a pretty good one, Schneider's sources are solidâ?¦ the book is much more reliable that the New York Times book of '1,000 Movies Ever Made.' â?¦ illustrations often opt for choice rarities rather than ordinary iconography."

Buffalo News, February 22, 2004

"The critical essays that I've sampled are concise and intelligent.

Style: *** 3 Stars

Usefulness:*** 3 Stars"

—Charles Matthews, Mercury News, February 29, 2004

"If you're constantly wondering what to pop into the VCR or DVD player, get this book!"

The Star, March 8, 2004

"A mammoth-size, newspaper-weight coffee table book celebrating the twentieth century celluloid canonâ?¦"

Gotham, April 2004

"Every essay demonstrates Rosenbaum's fervent dedication to the cinema and more important that he has the knowledge and insight to support his impassioned opinions. â?¦ compiled with an eye to historical importance and popular acclaim. â?¦ a useful guide for casual viewers and film buffs alike."

—Gordon Flagg, Booklist, April 1, 2004

"Packed with color photos throughout, this is eye candy at its best."

Booklist, June 2004

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764157011
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/15/2004
Pages:
960
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.21(d)

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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
twilight-fanpire More than 1 year ago
So i just recently got this book, and so far im loving it. I finished reading it awhile ago but i do enjoy going back in and looking. The good thing about this book is that, in the front is a check list. And i've only saw 42 of the 1001 movie, so i have a way to go!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Impressively International, well organized, and broad in scope. Sure, favorites are missing... but this isn't a book about reassuring us that we have the right picks... it's about introducing us to the new and never seen. A great anthology of IMPORTANT, ground-breaking film work over the last 125 years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sheer size (960 pages), scope (films from every era, genre, and country) and pictorial splendor of this work is enough to give it a 4 star rating. The lack of a fifth star is due to A) A confusing melange of voices reviewing the film that lead to several films by noted directors (Powell/Pressburger, Welles, Hitchcock, etc.) being hailed as their 'best' B) A rather too eclectic choice of 'Must-sees' (How many other lists of this sort would include 'Angel Face' and-ye gods!-'Pandora & The Flying Dutchman'!!!) and a confusion between intelligent discourse and 'gush' (I am perfectly willing to concede that 'Letter From an Unknown Woman' is greatly underrated, but '...one of the greatest films in world cinema history'? I think not. and C) Some basic errors that are all too easily correctable to have slipped by (e.g. Victor Young did NOT have anything to do with 'Buttons & Bows' from 'Paleface', and-more egregious, if only because the clip is arguably the single most seen movie number of all time, Gene Kelly does NOT wear a 'yellow slicker' in his 'Singin' in the Rain' number-he DOES wear one under the titles). However, for all its flaws, this IS a worthy addition to the canon.
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I'm a movie buff and this book will help me in watching great movies for a lifetime!
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