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4.0 out of 5 stars A thousand and one magic film moments...., 6 Nov. 2008
This review is from: 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (Paperback)
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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