- Paperback: 960 pages
- Publisher: Cassell; 5th Anniversary edition edition (15 Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844036189
- ISBN-13: 978-1844036189
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 5.4 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,068,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Paperback – Special Edition, 15 Oct 2007
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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."
"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."
Film Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Previous editions of 1001 Movies have been hugely successful, reaching sales of well over 80,000. 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 loversSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been looking for a book like this for ages giving me classic movies from 1902 to 2010. you can tell that this boom has been throught through very well if you love film and... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2013 by Jammybob
The format is brilliant. Nice and easy to read etc. Best one of these type of books i have seen.Published on 7 Jan. 2011 by Abs
I love this book. I never have to think to hard about what to watch anymore, i just pick a page at random and that's the one. Then I can tick it off the list :)Published on 6 Jan. 2011 by cruzley
Nice little book, perfect for the coffee table and something to pick up when you are not sure of what film to watch.Published on 5 Jan. 2011 by Tim Budgen
this is an OK book, but in all honesty if you haven't seen the film, don't read the review as the book gives away most of the crucial elements for many of the plots!Published on 3 Dec. 2010 by emmaluc
If you own any other movie guide then spare yourself buying this one as you'll find few surprises here. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2010 by Mr. T. White