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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; 5th Anniversary edition edition (15 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844036383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844036387
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 5.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'I have, by the way, seen 943 of the 1001 movies, and am carefully rationing the remaining titles to prolong my life.' - Roger Ebert.

'Both a fun stroll through some all-time favourites, and a guilty reminder of just how many great movies I haven't seen yet...' - Aubrey Day, Total Film.

'As edited by Steven Jay Schneider, it makes for addictive browsing, and likewise features top quality stills.' - Film Review. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Previous editions of 1001 Movies have been hugely successful, reaching sales of well over 80,000. Revised and up-to-date reviews of the top movies of all time selected by a leading international critics. Over 500 black & white and colour images of film posters and stills. The definitive guide for all movie lovers

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
These books are great, no matter how diverse your tastes, and no matter how many films you've seen - you'll always find something new to watch.

This is the newest version of the book (well, at the time of typing this is it anyway) and as with any list of films it is subject to personal opinion.

The introduction explains how the book attempts to not discriminate on basis of film nationality or language, or whether it's an animated or live feature film, and it includes short film as well. I think there is a slight lean towards the Hollywood glory years, but it doesn't threaten the sheer massive variety presented in this book.

The introduction is followed by an A-Z checklist of films where you can tick off the ones you've seen - this also acts as an index so you can easily locate the films in the book.

As with previous incarnations you get lots of additional information about the films included as well as the critique - and some excellent photography too. The reviews are well written, they are authored by people with a good knowledge of cinema and this gives the book an authoritative feel

This is a hefty book and not one you'll manage to simply flick through in an afternoon - but it's one of those books which is great to pick up when you've only got a few minutes. If you've got the last edition then there's probably not much need to `upgrade' to this latest one, but I think the "1001 movies..." books are perfect gifts for film lovers everywhere - no matter what their tastes might be.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nobody VINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
First of all let me begin by stating that I've put off reviewing this canon for some time. I see no justification to review a book like this until one has consumed most of it. At present I have seen 841 of these films and feel now that a review is justified.

I believe that of all the books in this series this is the strongest entry although not gospel. This canon or list of films is an excellent introduction to cinema, it gives you the basics to develop a well rounded appreciation of all cinema beginning in 1902 with George Melies' "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" right up to the present day. As would be expected in concentrates a lot on American cinema when it was a force to reckoned with. It does not overlook all the important movements like German expressionism(1920s), Socialist realism (1920s), French poetic realism(1930s), Italian neo-realism(late40s-early50s), Film Noir and all the New Wave movements in the 1960s from Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Eastern Europe. It continues in the 1970s where there is a lot of attention to New Hollywood directors as well as New German cinema which were making a massive impact at the time. After that it moves into blockbuster territory in the 1980s which is to be expected. It was a period which is not held in much regard by cineastes but is a part of cinema's development. From the 1990s onward one begins to notice how important films seem to come from all over the world and not concentrated in one area. As would be expected the last few years are open to debate, evidence of which can be seen in the fact that every time the book is revised it's those last few years that are shuffled around.

So what you got is a skeletal view of cinema which allows you to flesh it out.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Howard Reid on 3 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
I reviewed the original edition of this book in my introductory volume to the "Hollywood Classics" series, Hollywood Classic Movies 1: New Light on Movie Bests. Although a number of minor issues have been rectified, my main complaint that the book is overbalanced in favor of the 1960s and onwards is still justified. Admittedly, many readers like my daughter (who will not watch anything in black-and-white), will regard this as a virtue rather than a demerit. But there's no denying that this bias has led to the exclusion not only of many of the cinema's greatest masters, but even to some of the most popular and critically acclaimed vintage movies that are still currently being aired on television and issued on DVD. While this book replaces many of these classics by concentrating on present-day successes, one wonders whether their current popularity will stand up in 10 years' time, let alone 50 or 60!
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D34dp4n on 1 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book should be called '1001 movies you dont need to see if you have this book'. I thought this would be a fun coffee table book, but I have now given my copy to the local charity shop as it is erroneous and is FULL of major spoilers. The vast majority of the summaries give the info you would expect, some interesting facts and a brief synopsis. Unfortunately more often than not it details key plot points and what happens at the end of the movie... Bizarre frankly.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GJC on 10 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I’m a big movie fan so was genuinely pleased to receive this book as a gift and there’s no doubt it’s a huge volume of work. The reviews are drawn from several ‘professional’ film critics and this can give a more balanced view, rather than just one person’s opinion. The book itself is well produced with good information on each film, date, language, director, actors, awards etc. Occasionally it provides a snippet of movie trivia which will please the film buffs. Many of the reviews are well written and do not give away the plot line or ending. I would suggest it’s a book to dip into for reference rather than read from cover to cover.
Now for the bad news.
1. A previous reviewer has correctly stated, the title is not, “1001 best films to see”, rather, “films to see before you die” however by default we have to assume it’s the 1001 best films as no-one is going to watch a film that’s rubbish. Unfortunately there are movies here you'd rather not to see, and others you want to see before you die, but they aren't included in this list.
2. There are over 350 arty, art-house, ‘short’ films, experimental films, docu-drama and foreign language films in this book. Many, but not all of them are poor, and they are keeping out better films from the top 1001 list. Admittedly, this comes down to personal preference, but when more than one third of the films don’t reflect popular public opinion you have to question their inclusion.
3. Although a book is more user friendly I’m not sure I see the point of this book given there are numerous on-line film review sites, also this book is out-of-date as soon as it’s printed and requires an update to review the latest film releases.
4. This is not a book to take on holiday, it is so heavy it will use up a good portion of your baggage allowance!
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