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John DiLeo's first book was And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies (St. Martin's, 1999), hailed by Pauline Kael as "the smartest movie quiz book I've ever seen." His second book was 100 Great Film Performances You Should Remember - But Probably Don't (Limelight Editions, 2002), which Adolph Green called "a valuable and touching work." TCM host Robert Osborne said, in the Hollywood Reporter, that the book "delightfully throws the spotlight on some remarkable film work," and the Washington Post's reaction was, "Not only is this helpful criticism, but 100 Great Film Performances can serve as balm for anyone who has ever been disgruntled by the Academy's choices on Oscar night."
John has been a contributing book reviewer for the Washington Post's Book World and currently writes DVD and film-book reviews in three monthly columns, appearing in Milford Magazine (PA), Allegany Magazine (MD) and Central Voice (Harrisburg, PA). He frequently hosts classic-film series, appears on radio programs, conducts film-history seminars, and has been an annual participant in the Black Bear Film Festival in the Poconos where he interviewed Farley Granger (2005) and Arlene Dahl (2006) on the festival's stage.
Born in 1961 in Brooklyn, John was raised on Long Island and graduated from Ithaca College in 1982 with a B.F.A. His web site is johndileo.com.
A book to cherish--one that you'll want to read from cover to cover and then keep on that book shelf of accessible, available books.
Intelligently written, fun, insightful, full of surprises and will make you want to view each of the 40 films that Mr. DiLeo thoroughly examines.
After reading this book I made a list of the movies I plan to rent in 2008 that I have never seen and some that he has made me want to see again.
I was pleasantly surprised when I received my copy of Screen Savers. I have John on my daily talk show SunCoast LIVE as a regular guest for movies Thursday - however his depth and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Guy T. Wehman
This book is fascinating. For a film buff like me, there are hours and hours of information, reviews, descriptions and often very funny comments. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by Coral Newton
Screen Savers is a treat. A book to cherish--one that you'll want to read from cover to cover and then keep on that book shelf of accessible, available books. Read morePublished on May 26, 2012 by Mark A. Greenwald
I pick up one of John Di Leo's books I vanish into my den and don't come out until the book is finished. Read morePublished on April 18, 2012 by Martin Casella
DiLeo sucked me right in with his intimate style of writing. It was like having a good friend talk to me about movies that he loved. Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by Barbara C. Lofink
I heard the author speak at a film festival.
I bought the book at the end of the program.
He opened my eyes to movies I had forgotten about as well movies I had never... Read more