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501 Movie Directors: A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Filmmakers Hardcover – November 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764160222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764160226
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These hefty, valuable volumes are stuffed with tons of information about all your favorite filmmakers."


Scene, January 29, 2008



About the Author

Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer with an academic degree in philosophy from Harvard University and in cinema studies from New York University. He is also the general editor of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, published in North America by Barron's.

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Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer with M.A. degrees in Philosophy from Harvard University and in Cinema Studies from New York University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on world cinema, most notably in the horror genre. They include Eurohorror, The Cinema of Wes Craven: An Auteur on Elm Street, Designing Fear: An Aesthetics of Cinematic Horror, Killing in Style: Artistic Murder in the Movies, Understanding Film Genres, and Traditions in World Cinema. He is also a consultant for film, television, and home video/DVD production companies, a curator for world horror film programs, and a staff member in development for Paramount Pictures. Among his recent titles are 501 Movie Stars and 501 Movie Directors, both available in North America from Barron's. Two additional titles from Barron's are scheduled for publication in Spring 09. They are 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die and 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By WNYer on March 17, 2011
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This is a great book for film students (I bought it for my daughter who is a film major at Syracuse University), film buffs and for us folks who love to watch movies!
As General Editor of this book, Steven Jay Schneider (who also wrote 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)aptly summarizes, "This book is a love letter to those men and women who have changed our lives as a result of their celluloid dreams." Sit back and imagine the movies you have seen and how they impacted your life... perhaps prompted you to some action whether of the heart or for society? Moved you to tears or laughter? A great director's fine tuning of a writer's vision onto a screen does just that.

This book has colored tabs on the side of the pages for the director's birth year decade - beginning with the man who invented movies, George Melies, born in the 1860's in Paris, France, right through to David Gordon Green, born in the 1970's, writer and director of Southern Gothic coming of age dramas. The first pages of the book is a solid Table of Contents A-Z of all 501 of these great directors. Each director's page(s) has a photo of the director and some have movie stills from his or her films. Some of the diectors included in this great compendium are Alexander Korda (who helped put the British film industry on the map); John Ford (a titan in the industry who even influenced Spielberg when Steven was a runner on the 20th Century studio lot! Steven went into Ford's office and Ford 'taught' Spielberg to really "look at" his landmark sweeping vista shots carefully...'what do you see?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. David Kopp on October 18, 2013
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This is a really well-done, thorough, concise overview of the movie directors who have given up amazing cathartic cinematic thrills and tears and laughter over the last 100 years or so. A great source for quick mental note-taking about these pioneers and visionaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Collin "Samsonite!" P on September 25, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this guide as well as Jay's 1001 movies guide and was curious if anyone knew whether or not an updated edition was being worked on (a la the improved 5th anniversary edition of the 1001 movies guide)? There's definitely a couple of errors, and I'm sure he's gotten feedback on how to make this guide even more thorough, informative and relevant. Thanks!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Gerke on November 22, 2012
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a nice effort by multiple authors...some inclusions are ridiculous..Riccardo Freda???..a real crappy Italian director who could not finish films!!! and exclusions like John Cromwell and Mitchell Leisen...cone on!!! the authors are somewhat knowledgeable about film...no grotesque errors found!!
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By Dav Ran on November 8, 2014
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The Service is great. I will buy again.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Demetra on January 21, 2013
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I bought this as a gift & my husband can't seem to put it down. It is a great reference for movie buffs!
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