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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die: 5th Anniversary Edition by Stephen Jay Schneider

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die: 5th Anniversary Edition
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die: 5th Anniversary Edition
Stephen Jay Schneider
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B.E.S. Publishing; 3 edition (October 1, 2008)
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This special Fifth Anniversary Edition of the acclaimed film reference guide is packed with virtually everything movie lovers need to know about the films they simply must see. Stephen Jay Schneider and his team of writers have brought the book up to date by including the most memorable movies released during the past five years. Among their new additions are The Queen, The Lives of Others, Brokeback Mountain, and several more recent movies that have attracted worldwide attention. Covering more than a century of filmmaking and dating back to silent-era sensations such as Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery and Chaplin's The Gold Rush, this book describes musicals, dramas, screwball comedies, experimental "New Wave" films from 1950s and '60s Italy and France, major films noir, classic westerns, action and adventure films, and even memorable documentaries. It lists each film's director and cast, presents a plot summary and production notes, and cites interesting, often little-known facts relating to the film's cast, storyline, and production. For students of cinema, discerning film buffs, DVD collectors, and readers who enjoy thumbing through and reminiscing over cherished screen moments, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is the place to start reading. Filled with 800 movie still shots and actors' photos.
  • Dagdardana
I have been a movie lover since I was a little kid. I used to go to movies alone in Chicago when I was 11 years old. At that time the theaters would show two movies and numerous cartoons. Now you see one movie and twenty minutes of previews of coming attractions now known as trailers. When I saw this book (1001 Movies you must see before you die by Steven Jay Schneider and updated by Jan Haydn Smith) on Amazon for a bargain price I immediately purchased it.

This giant 960 page hardcover book is amazing and this short review cannot do it justice. This highly informative and enjoyable to read book is a movie lover’s dream. Even though this is the kind of book you can open to any page and enjoy the book; however, I have always been the type of book reader who always begins reading a book from the front first page to the last. Further I also always read the preface and introduction parts of the book.

This fantastic book is organized by year. There is a film index and checklist in the beginning portion of this volume. Movies that came out from 1900 up to 2011 are covered in this book. Each page gives a brief overview of the movie and why it is a must see film. There are so many great films in this collection that it would be impossible to list all of them. I was surprised at how many I had already seen. There were even a few of the silent films that I had seen in the past being a lifelong movie buff. One of the things I was surprised at was out of 1001 must see movies; Cyrano De Bererac starring Jose Ferrer was not mentioned. I know there were many movie versions over the years, but the 1930 film is certainly a classic. I am also disappointed that the movie “The Adventures of Don Juan” starring Errol Flynn in 1948 was also not on this must see movie list.

Once I began reading this book, it was hard to put down. I had already read half of this volume before I had to rest. If you are a movie buff you should check out this giant book. I am sure it is probably updated every few years. This one only goes up to movies made in 2011; nevertheless, it is still a fantastic read.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute).
  • Stoneshaper
Fantastically thorough survey of great films. Lots of information on each one, along with pictures and indexes (by title, genre, and director). Only complaint is the print is quite small, but given all the material the book contains, I suppose it was necessary unless they wanted to go to multiple volumes (the book, as is, is very thick). Anyway, I love that it includes many foreign as well as domestic movies, and that it goes all the way back to the very beginning of the cinema. A must for movie lovers.
  • BlackHaze
I bought this book for the same reason I bought Tom Moon's "1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die." I am fascinated by the topic and this book has exposed me to films I might not otherwise have ever been aware of.

The first movie I remember seeing in a theater was "The Absent-Minded Professor" in 1961. I was nine. So my knowledge of the first fifty-plus years of film making is a bit sketchy. Of course I'm familiar with (and own) copies of such titles as Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" (1925), Buster Keaton's "The General" (1927), as well as most of the domestically available films of the Marx Brothers, Laurel & Hardy, and W.C. Fields.

However, this book has intrigued me to look deeper into the silent film era, and there are no fewer than forty silent films listed. Of special interest to me are the two earliest entries: French director George Melies 1902 film "Le Voyage Dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon)," 14 minutes; and what most regard as the first western, 1903's "The Great Train Robbery," 12 minutes, which was made by the Edison Company.

The author makes no attempts to rank the films included, and please note that nowhere does the title suggest that these are the 1,001 "best" films. Sure, many are great films. However, some are included mainly because of their historical or cultural significance. Bottom line, this is fascinating reading, and will certainly make for spirited debate around the office water cooler. If you approach this book with an open mind, you will not only be entertained but you might learn something as well. [Note: This is the 2011 updated edition. The final eight films are all from 2010; the most recent being "True Grit," which was released in December of that year.] RECOMMENDED
  • luisRED
I'm going to start by saying that this is just a list made by a group of people who like movies (and actually know what they are talking about). There will be movies a reader loves that WON'T be included. There will be movies that a reader hates that WILL be included.

Watching movies is so subjective. One has to realize that there are hundreds, if not thousands of movies made every year across the globe. This book has to narrow down 100 years worth of work into a list of just 1001.

That said, this book is a great anthology of movies from 1900s-now. If anything, the movies in this book will give you a great introduction to films that were important to the time periods, the social identity of countries, and selected works of famous (and not so famous) directors.

If anything, this book is a great springboard to other films, directors, and actor's work.

This book is titled "1001 films to see before you die" not "The only movies you should see before you die." There is a difference.

I love this book. I love most of the movies included in the book. The pictures are a great compliment to the well-written essays on the selected films.

Whether you are a film buff or casual film watcher, this book is sure to give you a well-rounded understanding of the history of film, their creators, and a glimpse of the cinema mentality that has changed from culture to culture, generation to generation.