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on 11 May 2017
Like the other books in this series, 1001 Movies provides information on movies which the authors think are significant. Even if you don't agree with the selections, there's a lot of information here and you'll probably be introduced to movies you didn't know about previously.
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on 2 March 2017
love this book, much better to get into reading real reviews than check lists of the best movies on imdb of some random people.

great pictures and great recommendations
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on 17 April 2017
informative
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on 5 January 2017
Bought for my film-buff brother who was very pleased with it
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on 3 March 2017
fantastic book, absolute bargain, loving reading, goes great with my film collection
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on 18 December 2014
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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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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on 3 January 2014
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. Its strength is that it covers a huge swathe of time and draws attention to a lot of foreign language films you may have missed. While it's likely you might wonder why one of your favourite films has been omitted, the scale and detail of the editing makes it an impressive and useful guide.
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on 21 August 2016
Good book, plenty info, good pictures
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on 14 November 2013
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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