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100 All-Time Favorite Movies (25th Anniversary Special Edtn) Hardcover – November 1, 2008
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One oddity you might notice is that the stills from "Raging Bull" are in color, even though everyone will remember the film as being shot in black and white. Although the majority of the films featured are from America, the books do include some films from Europe and Japan.
This publisher has already published books covering the Best Movies of the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. It appears that the vast majority of the material in this two-volume set was taken directly from those previously published books. However, those older books are becoming more and more difficult to obtain and if you are simply interested in obtaining a book dealing with 100 films, rather than the many more contained within all of those previous volumes, this set should suffice.
Partial List of '80's Films Not Included: Raiders of The Lost Ark Trilogy, Empire Strikes Back, The Thing, Brazil, The Return of the Jedi
I must admit I was expecting much more from Taschen's 2-book set (2008). This publisher has already published books covering the Best Movies of the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s (and even more). The vast majority of the material was taken directly from those previously published books. 100 All-Time Favorite Movies comes with two volumes: 1915-1959 and 1960-2000. The 100 films selected aren't bad (I would admit most are worth seeing), the packaging is impressive but the pictures and writing are not. Both volumes were starting to crack and fall apart after reading only 25 pages or so.
Each decade gets an introduction by Muller but he doesn't capture the magic of every era. His biases, political commentary, racial and social comments, and film student analysis overpowers the text. For 100 of his favorite films some of the comments are surprising. Some of the films he describes as kitschy, cheesy and overrated. Almost every single comment he makes reduces to visual perception, the eye, the cinema of surfaces, illusions, etc. Muller is interested in movies as art but rarely considers storytelling or entertainment value. His coverage of the 1950's is probably the best. His essay on the 1980's is pedestrian and lacking in substance as he reduces the decade of excess to mere illusions. The 1990's discusses the history of home video but it is equally light in detailed analysis. There is only a paragraph or two for each film, surrounded by pictures and captions, plus a listing of the credits.Read more ›