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The Great Moviesby Roger Ebert
Synopses & Reviews
From America's most trusted and most visible film critic, one hundred brilliant essays on the films that define for him cinematic greatness.
For the past two years Roger Ebert, the famed film writer and critic, has been writing biweekly essays for a feature called "The Great Movies," in which he offers a fresh and fervent appreciation of a great film. The Great Movies collects one hundred of these essays, each one of them a gem of critical appreciation and an amalgam of love, analysis, and history that will send readers back to that film with a fresh set of eyes and renewed enthusiasm — or perhaps to an avid first-time viewing. Ebert's selections range widely across genres, periods, and nationalities, and from the highest achievements in film art to justly beloved and wildly successful popular entertainments. Neither a snob nor a shill, Roger Ebert manages in these essays to combine a truly populist appreciation for our most important form of popular art with a scholar's erudition and depth of knowledge and a sure aesthetic sense. Wonderfully enhanced by stills selected by Mary Corliss, film curator at the Museum of Modern Art, The Great Movies is a treasure trove for film lovers of all persuasions, an unrivaled guide for viewers, and a book to return to again and again.
The Great Movies includes: All About Eve • Bonnie and Clyde • Casablanca • Citizen Kane • The Godfather • Jaws • La Dolce Vita • Metropolis • On the Waterfront • Psycho • The Seventh Seal • Sweet Smell of Success • Taxi Driver • The Third Man • The Wizard of Oz • and eighty-five more films.
"Rising to the level of his subjects, [Ebert] writes with an eloquence and a conviction he seldom expresses on TV or in his daily newspaper reviews. Unlike contemporary reviews, these assessments are informed by the passage of time and repeated viewings as well as by Ebert's vast general viewing experience." Gordon Flagg, Booklist
"Longtime TV and newspaper reviewer Ebert hosts a genial, dutiful Cook's Tour of 100 film masterpieces." Kirkus Reviews
Presents a collection of essays that combine history, analysis, and love for movies covering such films as "All About Eve," "Casablanca," "Lawrence of Arabia," and "Schindler's List."
A collection of essays, drawn from film critic Roger Ebert's column "The Great Movies," in which he presents his critical appreciation for one hundred movies he judges to be among the best of all time.
About the Author
Roger Ebert has been the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and is the only film critic to have won a Pulitzer Prize. His television program, Ebert and Roeper, is syndicated in more than two hundred markets. His books include Roger Ebert’s Movie Yearbook, Roger Ebert’s Book of Film, I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie, and The Perfect London Walk. He lives in Chicago.
Table of Contents
2001: A Space Odyssey — The 400 Blows — 81/2 — Aguirre, the Wrath of God — Ali: Fear Eats the Soul — All About Eve — The Apartment — Apocalypse Now — The Apu Trilogy — Battleship Potemkin — Beauty and the Beast — Belle de Jour — The Bicycle Thief — The Big Sleep — Blow up — Body Heat — Bonnie and Clyde — Bride of Frankenstein — Broken Blossoms — Casablanca — Chinatown — Citizen Kane — City Lights — Days of Heaven — The Decalogue — Detour — Do the Right Thing — Double Indemnity — Dracula — Dr. Strangelove — Duck Soup — E.T. — The Exterminating Angel — Fargo — Floating Weeds — Gates of Heaven — The General — The Godfather — Gone with the Wind — Grand Illusion — Greed — A Hard Day's Night — Hoop Dreams — Ikiru — It's a Wonderful Life — JFK — La Dolce Vita — The Lady Eve — Last Year at Marienbad — L'Atalante — L'Avventura — Lawrence of Arabia — Le Samourai — M — The Maltese Falcon — Manhattan — McCabe & Mrs. Miller — Metropolis — Mr. Hulot's Holiday — My Darling Clementine — My Life to Live — Nashville — Network — The Night of the Hunter — Nosferatu — Notorious — On the Waterfront — Pandora's Box — The Passion of Joan of Arc — Peeping Tom — Persona — Pickpocket — Pinocchio — Psycho — Pulp Fiction — Raging Bull — Red River — Schindler's List — The Seven Samurai — The Seventh Seal — The Shawshank Redemption — The Silence of the Lambs — Singin' in the Rain — Some Like It Hot — Star Wars — Sunset Blvd — Sweet Smell of Success — Swing Time — Taxi Driver — The Third Man — Trouble in Paradise — Un Chien Andalou — The "Up" Documentaries — Vertigo — The Wild Bunch — Wings of Desire — The Wizard of Oz — Woman in the Dunes — A Woman Under the Influence — Written on the Wind.
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