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"No one has done as much as Ebert to connect the creators of movies with their consumers. He has immense power, and he's used it for good, as an apostle of the cinema."---Richard Corliss, Time" "The plain-spoken ... clarity of Ebert's prose and his genial, conversational presence on the page may, in the end, make him a more useful and reliable companion for the dedicated moviegoer. His criticism shows a nearly unequaled grasp of film history and technique, and formidable intellectual range, but he rarely seems to be showing off. He's just trying

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Overview

"No one has done as much as Ebert to connect the creators of movies with their consumers. He has immense power, and he's used it for good, as an apostle of the cinema."---Richard Corliss, Time" "The plain-spoken ... clarity of Ebert's prose and his genial, conversational presence on the page may, in the end, make him a more useful and reliable companion for the dedicated moviegoer. His criticism shows a nearly unequaled grasp of film history and technique, and formidable intellectual range, but he rarely seems to be showing off. He's just trying to tell you what he thinks, and to provoke some thought on your part about how movies work and what they can do."---A. O. Scott, New York Times" "The most powerful pundit in America is veteran film critic Roger Ebert."---Forbes" "To love the movies, Ebert tells us, 'does not mean to sit mindlessly and blissfully before the screen....The task of every movie is to try to change how you feel and think during its running time,' and the task of the viewer is to participate in the process. He is moral but not moralistic, preferring stories of flawed people who struggle to do the right thing and fail over simplistic heroes facing simplified choices."---Tara Ison, Los Angeles Times" "As film criticism becomes more marginalized, Ebert may come to be seen as the last of a kind---the critic who actually has the power to influence a national audience."---Booklist" "Roger Ebert has been writing film reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times for over four decades now and his biweekly essays on great movies have been appearing there since 1996. As Ebert noted in the introduction to the first collection of those pieces, "They are not the greatest films of all time, because all lists of great movies are a foolish attempt to codify works which must stand alone. But it's fair to say: If you want to take a tour of the landmarks of the first century of cinema, start here." "Enter The Great Movies III, Ebert's third collection of essays on the creme de la creme of the silver screen, each one a model of critical appreciation and a blend of love and analysis that will send readers back to the films with a fresh set of eyes and renewed enthusiasm---or maybe even lead to a first-time viewing. From The Godfather: Part II to Groundhog Day, from The Last Picture Show to Last Tango in Paris, the hundred pieces gathered here display a welcome balance between the familiar and the esoteric, spanning Hollywood blockbusters and hidden gems, independent works and foreign-language films alike. Each essay draws on Ebert's vast knowledge of the cinema, its fascinating history, and its breadth of techniques, introducing newcomers to some of the most exceptional movies ever made, while revealing new insights to connoisseurs as well" Named the most powerful pundit in America by Forbes magazine, and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Roger Ebert is inarguably the most prominent and influential authority on the cinema today. The Great Movies III is sure to please his many fans and further enhance his reputation as America's most respected---and trusted---film critic.

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Editorial Reviews

Time

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— Richard Corliss

Booklist
“In every [essay], Ebert offers informed critical appraisals, as well as background on the movie’s making and significance, that make these pieces rewarding for film buffs and ideal introductions for first-time viewers.”
Parade

 “Roger Ebert’s take-no-prisoners essays packed with insidery insights will send movie lovers back to the sofa for a second look at old favorites like Cool Hand Luke and My Fair Lady while introducing more offbeat picks like Sansho the Bailiff and Pixote.
Parade

 “Roger Ebert’s take-no-prisoners essays packed with insidery insights will send movie lovers back to the sofa for a second look at old favorites like Cool Hand Luke and My Fair Lady while introducing more offbeat picks like Sansho the Bailiff and Pixote.
Library Journal
In this third collection of Ebert's Chicago Sun-Times film essays (after The Great Movies II), he compiles an entertaining selection covering classics such as Cool Hand Luke, new films like Pan's Labyrinth, and many foreign films by Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, and others. In each piece, he gives a brief analysis, plot summary, and original insights on why he feels the film is great. The lively text and subject matter is a winning combination. Also included is a list of movies covered in the first two volumes of this series. Many of the films can be found in other books, e.g., 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die; however, Ebert's role as a critic rather than a film historian provides a different perspective on the merits of a particular movie or director. VERDICT For all movie fans as well as anyone looking for a good film to watch. An essential addition, especially for those owning Ebert's first two collections.—Rosalind Dayen, South Regional Lib., Broward Cty., FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226182087
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize–winning film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times. He is the author of numerous books on film, including The Great Movies, The Great Movies II, Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert, and Scorsese by Ebert, the last two titles published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

Foreword David Bordwell Bordwell, David

Introduction

3 Women 3

Ace in the Hole 7

Adaptation 11

After Dark, My Sweet 15

After Hours 19

The Age of Innocence 23

Army of Shadows 27

Atlantic City 31

Au Revoir les Enfants 35

Babel 39

The Band Wagon 43

Baraka 48

The Battle of Algiers 52

Bergman's Trilogy 1 Through a Glass Darkly 56

Bergman's Trilogy 2 Winter Light 60

Bergman's Trilogy 3 The Silence 64

The Best Years of Our Lives 68

The Big Red One 72

Blade Runner: The Final Cut 76

Cabiria 80

Cat People 84

Chimes at Midnight 88

Chop Shop 92

Chuck Jones: Three Cartoons 96

Cool Hand Luke 101

Crimes and Misdemeanors 105

Crumb 109

Dark City 113

The Dead 117

Diva 121

Dog Day Afternoon 125

The Double Life of Veronique 129

Easy Rider 133

El Norte 138

El Topo 143

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser 147

Exotica 151

Fanny and Alexander 155

Fitzcarraldo 163

Forbidden Games 167

The Godfather: Part II 171

The Great Dictator 175

Groundhog Day 179

Howards End 183

Inherit the Wind 188

Johnny Guitar 193

Juliet of the Spirits 197

Killer of Sheep 201

La Belle Noiseuse 205

L.A. Confidential 209

The Last Picture Show 213

Last Tango in Paris 217

The Last Temptation of Christ 222

Late Spring 226

Leolo 230

The Long Goodbye 234

Magnolia 239

The Marriage of Maria Braun 243

Mephisto 248

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 252

Mon Oncle Antoine 256

Moolaade 260

My Fair Lady 264

My Man Godfrey 269

Nanook of the North 273

Ordet 277

Out of the Past 281

Pan's Labyrinth 286

Paths of Glory 290

The Phantom of the Opera 295

Pixote 299

Playtime 303

A Prairie Home Companion 307

Rebel Without a Cause 311

The Red Shoes 315

Ripley's Game 319

The River (Le Fleuve) 323

Rocco and His Brothers 327

Safety Last 331

Samurai Rebellion 335

Sansho the Bailiff 339

Santa Sangre 343

The Scarlet Empress 347

Secrets & Lies 351

The Shining 355

The Terrorist 359

The Thief of Bagdad 363

Top Hat 367

Triumph of the Will 371

Vengeance is Mine 375

Waking Life 379

Werckmeister Harmonies 383

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 387

Withnail & I 391

A Woman's Tale 395

Woodstock 399

WR---Mysteries of the Organism 403

A Year of the Quiet Sun 407

Yojimbo 411

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    Not as good as full reviews

    Not the Ebert I'm looking for.

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