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1001 Movies You Must See Revised Edition
Written by General Editor Steven Jay Schnieder   

Book Review by Diana Saenger

As a movie fan and a film critic, the mega-book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die was never out of arm's length. With the revised edition, I now have a double source of incredible resources and fun tidbits about more than 1000 movies.


Like its predecessor, the revised edition contains photos and insightful comments that include more than cast, crew and awards on each page. The alphabetical index can be searched by Film Index or by Director. In addition there is an additional listing divided into categories, such as Family, Noir or Political. The data of each of the 1001 films is not particularly a review, more a synopsis with in-depth information about the director, the genre, how it plays out in the film or maybe how it affects the political, social and cultural climate during the date the film ran.


Many of the films in the first edition are present in this volume but new films such Million Dollar Baby, Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Passion of the Christ. Statements such as the one in the segment on All About Eve, "All About Eve is widely considered to be the crowning achievement in Davis's lengthy career; it's only flaw is Baxter who seems to be nothing but pure ambition in womanly form," reflect the high quality of writing in the book, and offers an insight into that film not found in other sources.

Each film contains one or more quality photos of the film or actors. The listings begin by year, so Classic Films are easy to find with more than 600 entries. Although a few of the contributors are actual film critics, most are professors of film studies.

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die: Revised Edition is a second insightful and must-own book for film aficionados and movie fans who want to know more about a movie than what the major critics say. It's also a great tool for research when considering buying or renting DVDs.


óŹ 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die: Revised Edition

óŹ Barrows Educational Series, August 5, 2005

óŹ ISBN: 0-7641-5907-0

óŹ Hardcover

óŹ 960 pages

óŹ $35.00




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