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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.