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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; Updated edition (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844036901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844036905
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 5.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,083 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."

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Previous editions of 1001 Movies have been hugely successful, reaching sales of well over 90,000. 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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is possibly the perfect film book; full of gorgeously reproduced stills and incisive, readable short essays, it’s both an indulgent, enjoyable read and a useful, eye-opening guide. Arranged chronologically, a page allocated to each film, this brick-like tome is as intellectually satisfying as it is visually attractive. Highly recommended.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Rather than the challenge the book's title suggests (it would take a week of soild film watching to see this lot - though what a week!) this is an excellent book. As an almost encyclopaedic book of quality film, it is always handy when flicking through the TV schedules, or before a trip to the video library, making way for a series of great nights in. This book is much more than a 'Halliwells' style reference guide, though, and its snappy style and colour pictures make it easy to dip into for a few moments as a light read with a cup of tea. Like most of these guides, it will probably start as many arguements as it will solve, but left in a strategic place, it will soon solve those awakward dinner-party silences. Perhaps the only criticism of the book would be that it is too encompasing - 1001 films allows for a lot of films that would stretch the tag of classic to its very limits!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nobody VINE VOICE on 5 Dec. 2007
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nostromo on 3 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a must for the bookshelves not only of the avid film enthusiast but also for everyone who has even a passing interest in the medium. The book is a genuinely intelligent guide to movies which are heralded as a cut above the average, intelligent that is in that it refrains from being "arty for the sake of it" and includes films from a wide range of genres aimed at a wide range of audiences. You don't feel therefore that you are being lectured at, instead, the book confirms that some of the films you always thought were good are in fact good and opens you up to some other films you may never thought of watching or may never have even heard of.

The guide also stands as an excellent general reader. With a few minutes to spare, it is great to just pick it up and dive in and get yourself lost in the story of one of the films included in its pages.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
I always thought I'd seen a fair few films - but this book is a great way to open up new avenues.

The book is crammed with cinema greats from the beginning of the 20th century to present day. The book takes you by the hand and leads you on a journey to show how cinema has developed from silent film, to the CGI laden eyegasmic features we see today. Synopses are given for each film - many of which give away the twists waiting to be enjoyed - so if you don't want spoilers then this maybe isn't for you.

There is a definite bias toward Hollywood film, and as a viewer of mainly European film I found that a little disconcerting - however I accept the validity of the bias given that Hollywood films are the ones which have the biggest mainstream cultural impact here in the UK. Also, for someone who mainly watches Hollywood big budget movies, this book will introduce them to films they may not normally try.

One of the main spectacles of this book is the photography. Stills from film are given full pages, and all of which are iconic in themselves, the images alone practically justify buying the book.

Sometimes it may seem a bit pretentious, but Steven Jay Schneider has managed to collate a fine collection of reviews, each of which demonstrates a genuine passion for the subject matter.

I've not yet gone through ticking which films I have seen, but I challenge anyone to pick this book up and not identify at least 50 films they haven't seen. Another reviewer has said he has seen 841 of the films - and for that I salute you sir! I am probably trailing you by quite a margin, but I intend to work my way through.

I would give this 4.5 stars if I could, but on balance I'll give 4, acquiring the latest edition of this book should be a yearly purchasing ritual!
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