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The Latest Edition Is an Improvement
on 3 December 2008
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!