1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Hardcover – 1 Oct 2013
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A completely revised 10th Anniversary Edition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
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.
Excellent value for money. Will buy again In the future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We love this book - we had the previous one and we do quizzes with the grandson - he's got the earlier edition and we bought the new onePublished 13 months ago by Mrs Dorothy Nustedt
A gift for my son, a film buff. Working his way through the list.Published 21 months ago by Cancole
Quite exceptional service. Everything was as described and one could not have asked for more clarity.Published 24 months ago by Laurence Marks Esq