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“1001 MOVIES You Must See Before You Die ... a great motivating guide to cinema. After reading one of its engaging, often profound entries on a missed film, you want to run out and rent it.” ―"Dallas Morning News " “If you’re constantly wondering what to pop into the VCR or DVD player, get this book!” ―"The Star " “An excellent new film anthology...1001 Movies will serve as one of your ultimate movie guides. It presents everything you need to know about the must-see films...” ―"The Wave Channel Guide" “Instead of simply summarizing the plot, Schneider and his team of experts briefly explain why each film is a must see.... Schneider’s choices are irrefutable. Highly recommended...” ―"Library Journal" “... a browser’s delight as well as a useful guide for casual viewers and film buffs alike” ―"Booklist" “...Schneider’s sources are solid...” --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"The real usefulness of . . . 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, is that it provides good ideas for DVD rentals. I have, by the way, seen 943 of the 1001 movies, and am carefully rationing the remaining titles to prolong my life."
--Roger Ebert

"1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is . . . a great motivating guide to cinema. After reading one of its engaging, often profound entries on a missed film, you want to run out and rent it."
--Dallas Morning News

"Schneider and his team . . . explain why each film is a must see. Schneider's choices are irrefutable."
--Library Journal

(front cover flap)
Inside this book is everything you need to know about the movies you simply must see--all 1001 of them! Whether you're looking for your favorite film or just trying to decide what to watch tonight, 1001 Movies will serve as your ultimate movie guide. This fully updated edition includes the most memorable movies that have ever been made, right up to the multi-Oscar winning The King's Speech, Cannes' champ Of Gods and Men, and the latest masterpiece from the Coen Brothers, True Grit, plus many more. It presents everything you need to know about the most magnificent must-see films--not only the ones you shouldn't have missed the first time around, but also all of those classics that are worth seeing again and again.
Open this book to any page and you'll find each major film's vital statistics, plus a few facts that just might surprise you. If you collect DVDs, you'll find this volume to be a must for your bookshelf--but even if you're simply a casual moviegoer, you're sure to enjoy browsing through this big, updated edition.
For students of cinema, for discerning film buffs, for enthusiastic fans, and for readers who enjoy thumbing through and reminiscing over unforgettable screen memories, here's the place to start reading. You'll find information and reviews covering more than a century of memorable movies.
So read, enjoy, and relish!

(back cover flap)
Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer with postgraduate degrees in Philosophy (Harvard University) and Cinema Studies (New York University.) He is the author of many books on the cinematic arts, and the editor of several 101 Before You Die film compendiums by category, available in North America from Barron's.



--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 4 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764164228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764164224
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.7 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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By Joseph J. Truncale TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2015
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I have been a movie lover since I was a little kid. I used to go to movies alone in Chicago when I was 11 years old. At that time the theaters would show two movies and numerous cartoons. Now you see one movie and twenty minutes of previews of coming attractions now known as trailers. When I saw this book (1001 Movies you must see before you die by Steven Jay Schneider and updated by Jan Haydn Smith) on Amazon for a bargain price I immediately purchased it.

This giant 960 page hardcover book is amazing and this short review cannot do it justice. This highly informative and enjoyable to read book is a movie lover’s dream. Even though this is the kind of book you can open to any page and enjoy the book; however, I have always been the type of book reader who always begins reading a book from the front first page to the last. Further I also always read the preface and introduction parts of the book.

This fantastic book is organized by year. There is a film index and checklist in the beginning portion of this volume. Movies that came out from 1900 up to 2011 are covered in this book. Each page gives a brief overview of the movie and why it is a must see film. There are so many great films in this collection that it would be impossible to list all of them. I was surprised at how many I had already seen. There were even a few of the silent films that I had seen in the past being a lifelong movie buff. One of the things I was surprised at was out of 1001 must see movies; Cyrano De Bererac starring Jose Ferrer was not mentioned. I know there were many movie versions over the years, but the 1930 film is certainly a classic. I am also disappointed that the movie “The Adventures of Don Juan” starring Errol Flynn in 1948 was also not on this must see movie list.
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I'm about to purchase this nice-looking book, but in dipping into it I found this "quotation" from Scorsese's GOODFELLAS. It's Henry Hill near the film's end: "If you ask for spaghetti bolognese they give you noodles with meatballs." That's strange, because Hill actually says, "...right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce, and I got egg noodles and ketchup." The entry for this film was from somebody named Kim Newman. Maybe the other contributors are more accurate. I hope so.
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Steven Jay Schneider (ed.), 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (Barron's, 2005)

I have no idea how I didn't review this the first time around, but it seems I didn't, so here we are close to three years later; according to my spreadsheet, I finished this up on January 31, 2010.

Schneider's book is different than a number of others of this ilk I have reviewed, and loved, in the past in that Schneider is acting as editor here; the 1001 pieces are collected from a number of film critics, rather than this being a personal selection of Schneider's. As such, you're not going to find many surprises here (only eighty of the films listed are unique to this thousand-best collection from among the eleven thousand-best collections I have data on); this in itself is no surprise, given Ebert's Rules of Best-of Lists (basically, the more cooks you have contributing to the soup, the more generic that soup is likely to be).

And yet I certainly don't mean to imply that this isn't a worthwhile reference; far from it. There's a lot of overlap with other thousand-best lists, but if you're not a collector, that's not going to mater a whit to you. Any single thousand-best list is going to give you a wealth of places to turn the next time you're looking for a good movie. Schneider's doesn't have the quirkiness of, say, David Thomson's list in Have You Seen...?, or the canonical feel of Jonathan Rosenbaum's list (which can be found online as well as in one of his books), but it's not like sticking a dart in and picking the movie it stops at is going to steer you wrong. If you're a neophyte film buff, someone who's just starting to get into the classics, or someone who wants to expand your film horizons, Schneider's tome will do just as well as any of the others.
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Love the hardback book. Beautiful presentation, photos and script. Great guide to viewing the best movies, and helps my choices.
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Trying to find great movies? This book will tell you everything about every great movie ever released in the United States.
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Very valuable book for the movie buff. Lots of foreign movies included. fast shipping and great packaging. A great researce for the movie buff.
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This in-depth movie glossary is a must have for any movie-buff. It goes into detail about production, the stars and gives little "did you know" facts for each film.

We use it as a fun tool to pick out which movie we want to watch next.
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Great book for movie buffs or for those who say, "what do you wanna watch" -- most of the films are available via netflix, wh/ is a plus. There is very little difference between a 2-3 y/o book & the most recent edition, wh/ makes it even more of a bargain to purchase the cheaper version used.
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