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Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons Hardcover – March 30, 2004
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But overall this is a book that is decidedly internationalist and highbrow in its choice, although Rosenbaum's reasoning can lead to the most surprising choices. One should look at the appendix where Rosenbaum lists his one thousand favorite movies, with his favorite one hundred starred with an asterix. Rather strikingly, only six Oscar winners for best picture make the list, and only one, "The Best Years of Our Lives," makes his top one hundred. Only one nominee for Best Picture since 1988, 1998's "The Thin Red Line," makes the list.Read more ›
What we have in Jonathan Rosenbaum is a writer who, like Gilberto Perez, seems incapable of NOT furnishing his readers with fresh thoughts and new insights about works that they thought, incorrectly, they knew sufficiently well. This is what a critic, in any field, must seek to accomplish, and something which most fail at miserably. I cannot think of higher praise for this collection. But read his Altman chapter: it goes to the very core of the whys of Bob's sustained influence. Essential cinema and essential reading then, and, what's best, at a moment when, more than ever, a larger share of the films he mentions can now be viewed by anyone with a DVD player. Better times.