The Great Movies III

The Great Movies III

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by Roger Ebert
     
 

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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

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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 crème de la crème 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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— 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.

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:
9780226182117
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/15/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
470,048
File size:
1 MB

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