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1001: Movies You Must See Before You Die: You Must See Before You Die 2011 Kindle Edition
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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.
I was pleased to see that several of the films I have considered outstanding were equally lauded here, and for that reason would consider it fairly reliable in discovering films that I have missed.
All in all, although maybe not perfect, it's well worth the Amazon price.
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.Read more ›
Organised by decade. Has a complete list of films so you can check off the ones you've seen.