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  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; Rev Upd edition (Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764166131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764166136
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 16.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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A completely revised 10th Anniversary Edition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Steven Jay Schneider, one of the true connoisseurs of movie horror, has written, talked, taught and published extensively on all aspects of film, from aesthetics and psychoanalysis to the joys of the slasher flick. Here he has brought together more than 50 of the finest writers, reviewers, critics, professors, aficionados and filmmakers from around the globe. From Le Monde's Jean-Michel Frodon in Paris to Undercurrent's Chris Fujiwara in Tokyo, the team compromises the best that film writing has to offer and includes contributors to Empire, Sight & Sound, Time Out, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Total Film, International Film Guide, LA Weekly, CineAction, Film Quarterly, NME, the Washington Post, Filmmaker, Moviemaker and many more. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is a really good companion to the history of film, giving an insight into the development of cinema and the innovative directors and techniques that have shaped its storytelling.

Because of the sheer number of films featured, this is a thick book of about 960 pages. The paper is slightly glossy and the colour images are high quality. I would perhaps have preferred a larger format page for handling, but this book has the advantage of being able to sit on most bookshelves.

The selections range from the early days of moving pictures with 1902's Voyage dans la Lune to the most recent entry, Life of Pi from 2012. There is a film index at the front of the book with checkboxes so you can mark the ones you have seen. The entries are colour-coded by decade at the page's edge and judging by the thickness of each decade on the book's fore edge, there are more films from the 1970s, then 60s, with fewer from the 2000s and naturally, least from the 2010s.

In terms of layout, the smaller entries get a short paragraph on half a page. Others get a page to themselves, and the more in-depth features have a double-page spread, usually with a still from the film filling the whole of one page, with a thumbnail reproduction of the poster, a quote and interesting piece of information on the other. Every entry has information about the film's cast and crew, run time, film stock, composer and any award wins/nominations. This makes it a nice alternative to looking something up on IMDB. The main entries are well written, concise and mix synopsis with placing the work within the history of film.

It is fun to just flick through and read randomly as I doubt you would consume it in chronological order.
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Love having it at hand to dip into when the mood takes. Gives enough information to provoke an interest so I can then look for the film to rent after reading opinion reviews. Highly recommend
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So many movies to watch. Recommended 100%; you might not agree with some selections, but thats the point I believe.
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A friend of mine got this for Christmas and I bought my own copy as whenever I went round I couldn't help but pick it up. It's great just to flick through and read about films whether you have seen them or not. I really like the way the films are evenly picked to provide an excellent choice spanning both decades and genres so that it will certainly introduce you to many films that you haven't heard of and others that you may not want to watch but that are important nonetheless (e.g. Triumph des Willens, commissioned by Hitler). Reading through will also give you good reasons to revisit those that you have seen but may have forgotten about or not appreciated at the time (recently Robocop for me (last seen when I was about 12 so I hadn't appreciated the satirical brilliance)).

I also like that the tick list, so that you can be really geeky which also provides extra talking points when friends flick through it.

Despite the selection being excellent, everybody will have their opinions on what has been missed, and included. Personally I would have included Godzilla (far superior to King Kong, not that you could omit KK), The day of the Jackal, Irreversible, Dr No, Zatoichi (as opposed to Hana-Bi), The Silent World, and would replace one of the Chaplin films for The Great Dictator. And I would happily lose Vertigo (massively overrated), Tod Browning's Dracula (it may be iconic but you try and suffer it!), Drive (it's good but not that good), and dare I say it, the last two Tarantino films.
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Bought this for my husband as he is a big movie fan and is always looking for new films he hasn't seen. Christmas guests all had a read through this book and said they wished they had it too.
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This is a must have for movie buffs. De!initive and detailed. Well worth the money. Nicely illustrated. Very happy with it.
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a great coffe table book to browse when you want it reminds you of films you have seen and films you know want to see
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Have bought a previous version before as a gift for a movie fan. So did so again. The recipients were very pleased on both occasions.
Excellent value for money. Will buy again In the future.
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