1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

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by Stephen Jay Schneider
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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Scholar and film critic Schneider has edited a highly informative and entertaining book about not-to-be-missed movies, equipped with approximately 800 movie stills and actors' photos. All 1001 entries are arranged chronologically, starting with Le voyage dans la lune, produced in 1902, and ending with Atonement from 2007. In between, readers will find films like Blazing Saddles, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and The Terminator. Each entry contains a sidebar that provides basic information about the film, including a list of cast members, the director, and the producer, plus any awards the movie has received. The main entry for each film contains a brief plot summary and an explanation of why the movie is significant in the history of film. The book concludes with genre and director indexes. When using the genre index, readers will find that a film may be listed under more than one genre. Raiders of the Lost Ark, for example, is listed both as an action and as an adventure film.
—Diane Fulkerson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764161513
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
960
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.40(d)

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Stephen Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and an author and editor of several books on films and filmmaking. Among his recent titles are 501 Movie Stars and 501 Movie Directors, both available in North America from Barron's.

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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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