Barry Norman's 100 Best Films of the Century ranges from the silent greats, like "Birth of a Nation," to the brilliant inventiveness of films like "E.T." Spanning decades and nations, his choices include "The 39 Steps," "La Grande Illusion," "Rashomon," "The Leopard," "Bicycle Thieves," and "The Wizard of Oz." Beginning with a lively introduction to the history of film, Norman reveals the criteria for his choices. Arranged alphabetically, each film is presented with a witty, incisive review, a list of the cast and main credits, Oscar nominations and awards, running time, and stills of memorable scenes. As he says in his introduction: "You will not agree with all of it. You will agree with some of it. There are films included that would undoubtedly be on everybody's list, but equally, there are several, maybe many, which would not appear on any but mine." A fascinating and astute collection. The author's many books include The Hollywood Greats, The Film Greats, and Talking Pictures.