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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
     

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

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by Steven Jay Schneider
 

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With over 1.75 million copies sold worldwide, this book is a must-have for all movie lovers. This brand-new edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die covers more than a century of movie history. Selected and authored by a team of international film critics, every profile is packed with details, plot summaries and production notes, and little

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With over 1.75 million copies sold worldwide, this book is a must-have for all movie lovers. This brand-new edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die covers more than a century of movie history. Selected and authored by a team of international film critics, every profile is packed with details, plot summaries and production notes, and little-known facts relating to the film’s history. Each entry offers a fresh look at some the greatest films of all time. This all-new edition has been updated with:

  • New films that span the globe
  • Detailed, full-color images
  • Key quotations from the movies
  • More movie posters than ever
  • Up-to-date facts and movie trivia
Learn the complete history of filmmaking, from silent-era sensations such as D.W. Griffith’s controversial The Birth of a Nation to recent Oscar nominees like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mad Max: Fury Road. Discover little-known facts about Hollywood’s most memorable musicals, greatest dramas, noteworthy documentaries, screwball comedies, classic westerns, action and adventure films, and more. Movie lovers of all stripes will thoroughly enjoy this must-have compilation.

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"This book is a film lover's dream. It chronicles the entire history of cinema, and this updated edition includes new movies…"

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"It's a perfect distraction for the film buff trying to get you to sit through that 14-hour Terrence Malick movie."
—Connie Ogle, The Miami Herald

"I'm very pleased that there appears to be no discrimination over genre or the country of origin. The collection of films here is appropriate for any true connoisseur of the medium. For the most part, the writers are knowledgeable about their subject and provide just enough about each film to whet our appetite, which is the true purpose of the volume, not that I need much pushing to watch more movies. There are rare gems here that will have me searching the rare video lists out there to check out. The book is an excellent value. It's heavy and substantial, clocking in at nearly 1000 pages. For each movie you'll get vital cast and crew information as well as Oscar nominations. English translations are provided for foreign films. Nearly ever film sports at least one photograph. I really do think this is one of those books that belong on every serious videophile's reference shelf, and I know that it will enhance mine for years to come. Consider it required reading from this course on filmography. There are genre-specific titles that I hope to be able to share with you in the future. The new edition editor is Ian Haydn Smith, and he's literally throwing down the gauntlet for you to choose your own movies to die for."

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"1001 MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE celebrates the most creative and influential voices in film. It is a trusted resource for movie lovers and one that we proudly reference."

Sundance Channel

Library Journal
12/01/2015
This title was originally published in 2003 and has been regularly updated since. Thorough essays for each movie combine important plot points, vital statistics, commentary, context, and informative trivia for films spanning 1902–2014. The movies are listed by decade and include a color-coded system for quickly locating titles. Schneider researched many top film lists to assist in his effort to include entries that exemplify a well-rounded collection deemed significant for various reasons. He states that the result is not intended to be a "best of" list but rather a "provocation" providing fodder for stimulating discussion and debate. Fans of previous editions of this volume will notice new additions and some deletions of works. This was to reflect changing trends and tastes, making room for another title in the same era or by the same director. VERDICT Schneider provides a comprehensive tool that should be used to decide the essential films movie buffs should strive to see in their lifetime.—Gary Medina, Marymount California Univ. Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764159077
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
960
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 8.58(h) x 2.39(d)

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Meet the Author


Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, film historian, author and editor of several books on film and film making, many of them available in North America from Barron’s.

Ian Haydn Smith is the update editor for 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. He is a London-based writer and the editor of Curzon Magazine.

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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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