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1001: Movies You Must See Before You Die: You Must See Before You Die 2011 by [Cassell Illustrated]
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“1001 MOVIES You Must See Before You Die ... a great motivating guide to cinema. After reading one of its engaging, often profound entries on a missed film, you want to run out and rent it.” ―"Dallas Morning News " “If you’re constantly wondering what to pop into the VCR or DVD player, get this book!” ―"The Star " “An excellent new film anthology...1001 Movies will serve as one of your ultimate movie guides. It presents everything you need to know about the must-see films...” ―"The Wave Channel Guide" “Instead of simply summarizing the plot, Schneider and his team of experts briefly explain why each film is a must see.... Schneider’s choices are irrefutable. Highly recommended...” ―"Library Journal" “... a browser’s delight as well as a useful guide for casual viewers and film buffs alike” ―"Booklist" “...Schneider’s sources are solid...”

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated; 01 edition (5 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MX1MYC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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This is a very nice "pick 'n mix" type of book. It is not pretentious, as some such books sometimes are, and certainly includes a very large proportion of of well deserved entries. Obviously, taste is a personal matter, and whist there are many films included here that do not interest me in the slightest (eg. horror & sci-fi), that does not detract from its value.
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.
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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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Most informative book on film and cinema I have the pleasure of exploring. My bucket list is overflowing with films I now want to experience and I've only reached 'C' in the index! I'm in my seventies so may struggle to reach 'Z' but I sure intend to try.
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Beautiful book. Lots of photos and thoughtful discourse on a wide range of films fom every genre that are all worth viewing.
Organised by decade. Has a complete list of films so you can check off the ones you've seen.
Highly recommended.
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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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