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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Hansen Publishing Group; 1st edition (November 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601826540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601826541
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,028,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My favorite of John DiLeo's books...he makes you want to take a second look at a movie to see if there might possibly be something you missed the first time. --Ivan G. Shreve, Jr., Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, June 19, 2013

About the Author

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.


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John DiLeo is the author of five books about classic movies: AND YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW CLASSIC MOVIES (1999, reissued in 2013), 100 GREAT FILM PERFORMANCES YOU SHOULD REMEMBER BUT PROBABLY DON'T (2002), SCREEN SAVERS: 40 REMARKABLE MOVIES AWAITING REDISCOVERY (2007), TENNESSEE WILLIAMS AND COMPANY: HIS ESSENTIAL SCREEN ACTORS (2010), and SCREEN SAVERS II: MY GRAB BAG OF CLASSIC MOVIES (2012).

Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, John currently resides in Milford, PA, with his partner of 31 years. He went to Ithaca College and received a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts. After thirteen years of on-and-off stage acting, and one film credit (the abominable "comedy" THE JERKY BOYS), he switched to writing about film.

His website is www.johndileo.com, his Twitter handle is @JOHNDiLEO.

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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.
Mark A. Greenwald
Intelligently written, fun, insightful, full of surprises and will make you want to view each of the 40 films that Mr. DiLeo thoroughly examines.
Michael DiGioia
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith LaPan on January 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I saw Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for the first time after reading about it in John DiLeo's Screen Savers. I would not have bothered to see it had I not first read DiLeo's analysis and insights regarding this underappreciated film. His essay led me to a much fuller understanding of its beauty, craft and surprising depth, making me want to see what I had previously considered an old-fashioned and uninteresting musical. Upon completing each chapter, I find myself scanning the upcoming programming for Turner Classic Movies, hoping they will soon be showing one of DiLeo's selections, so that I can use my new "behind the scenes" information while watching the film. It is clear that the movies the author selects for rediscovery are on a personal list of favorites, they moved or inspired him. But while he clearly loves movies, the tone never sinks to that of a fawning fan. He backs up his choices with detailed analyses and thorough research, convincing the reader of their rightful rank among films that should be reexamined. The joy of this book is that he educates the reader while imparting some of his obvious infatuation and love for his subject. And like any satisfyingly juicy critical discussion, the author allows a dialogue to develop with his reader. You may even find yourself disagreeing with him about a favorite star or director (c'mon, Lana Turner wasn't that untalented) and that is part of the fun. This book has rekindled in this reader a new enthusiasm for older and "gently used" movies. I can't wait for my first viewings of The Man Who Laughs and The Iron Giant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward M Mattera on April 18, 2012
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I love movies and when I bought this book I was determined to see all the movies John DiLeo picked for this very interesting group.So as not to be influenced by Mr. Di Leo's writings I watched the movies, then read his write-up.
It was a wonderful experience! Some of the movies I had seen, but I watched them again. Some of the movies I didn't personally like but still enjoyed reading what the author wrote. Some that I had never seen I really enjoyed and some of his picks were fascinating and have now become favorites.

All in all, a wonderful reading and viewing experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.L. on January 3, 2008
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This book is a joy to read. Aside from John Dileo's amazing scope of knowledge about film, he is a terrific writer. Dileo has an uncanny ability to fully and clearly describe story lines, performances and a variety of other details about each movie. I guarantee that anyone who reads this book will come away wanting to see most, if not all, of the movies discussed here so eloquently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FlickLover on January 2, 2008
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Having purchased Mr. DiLeo's previous books, I was delighted to discover he had a new one on the shelves. After planning some time off for the holidays, I overnighted this book -- eager to reacquaint myself with this author's clever and keen insight into classic motion pictures. By the time Christmas came, I had gobbled it up -- cover to cover. And... what a surprise to see my co-worker bought the very same book for me at this year's Secret Santa. I didn't let on that I had already purchased it but loved that fact that he was so eager to tell me that "SCREEN SAVERS is the type of book that all the TCM watchers should love!" Do yourself a favor and buy John DiLeo's new book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Bowman on December 20, 2007
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I was thoroughly delighted to read John DiLeo's third book, Screen Savers.

His quirky takes on actors and directors are refreshing and novel. He opens new insights when viewing and reviewing films that have been forgotten or have never received the accolades they deserved.

Mr. DiLeo has a wonderful way with words, a lovely sense of humor and a pleasant and breezy style.

Screen Savers makes for terrific reading whether sitting in front of a fireplace on a cold evening or while enjoying an iced tea on a summery afternoon.

I highly recommend Screen Savers to any movie buff or would-be movie buff. It opens new paths to understanding the magic of film and the skills of the actors and directors involved.

Netflix should send a thank you note to Mr. DiLeo for his artful awakening of our appreciation for some half-remembered and some totally forgotten films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Standard on December 17, 2007
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I bought this book because I've enjoyed John DiLeo's other books for their informed, but casual, approach to movie love. At a time when so many movie books are either earnestly academic (you know, political readings of gender performance in Nikkatsu gangster movies of the 60s,) or infinitely culty-geeky (do I really need the whole history of Philippine horror movies?), DiLeo assumes the existence of a readership that is, like him, informed and serious, but not obsessive-compulsive, and in it for the entertainment.
The book is divided into eight chapters, each devoted to a separate genre. (For the record, the eight genres are "Musicals Written Directly For The Screen," "Film Noir and Variations," "Love Stories," "Westerns," "Fantasy and Horror," "War," "Vintage Comedy," and the vague catch-all "Life and Times in America," which basically means "drama." The focus is exclusively American, but the time frame is from the silent era to the present. The presumption is that you've already seen the rote classics, and he therefore offers five movies in each genre that he feels have received insufficient attention, and that you therefore might have reasonably overlooked.
You can agree or disagree with the choices, but none are eccentric, deliberately provocative, or contrived to display mere cleverness. The real joy of this book, though, is in the wealth of background information. DiLeo will, for example, in describing "Comanche Station," give an overview of Randolph Scott's career, the placement of his "amiability and lean beauty" in two decades worth of decent but unnoteworthy roles in diverse genres, as a way of positioning the surprise of his late-career flowering in the films of Budd Boetticher, and their collaboration on seven morally complex westerns.
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