The book under review 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, edited by Steven Jay Schneider, gives you details on 1001 famous movies released between 1900 and 2016.
It is an elaborate work and a movie buff’s dream.
It tells the entire history of cinema over a hundred years.
Choosing 1001 movies out of thousands of movies is a piece of research in itself and the author did it in a fantastic way.
How are these films chosen? First, out of various best movies, the top hundred movies, the top ten movie lists 1300 movies were selected. After checking the list over and over again, it narrowed down to 1,001 movies.
The list of movies is given alphabetically at the beginning of the book.
For example, if you choose Tom Tykwer’s Run Lola Run, a 1998 movie, you’ll get all the details.
Run Lola Run is an interesting and unusual movie-making experiment that has humor, breathless emotion and tremendous energy, all packed into an MTV generation movie by new talent from its screenwriter and director.
The film shows Lola’s twenty-minute story at three different moments, each subtly different in a way that delivers three different results. The full details of a beautiful groundbreaking film are adequately given.
In this way, you can read about a thousand and one best movies and start watching one by one before your death.
The genre index at the end of the book covers 22 topics, namely Action, Adventure, Animation, Avant-garde, Comedy, Crime, Docu-drama, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Musical, Mystery, Noir , Romance, science fiction, short film, suspense, war and western.
The Directors Index gives you details on 596 famous directors, including Cecil B. Demille, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, etc.
War movies like The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Great Escape (1963), Gone with the Wind (1939) should be especially mentioned here.
However, we cannot find the famous war movies like The Guns of Navarone, Force Ten by Navarone, etc.
Movies like The Italian Job are also not included in this list.
Maybe if we have to include all the movies, the title will become 10001 Movies You Must See Before You Die!
Science fiction films are also elaborately narrated.
The book is beautifully printed on art paper. Hundreds of illustrations make the reader very happy.
We can see and choose our favorite stars, directors and we could make our own list based on our interest.
More than a hundred years, the field of cinema in one of the most entertaining and we can not imagine a world without movies now.
So we have to congratulate General Editor Steven Jay Schneider for his painstaking work. He is a film critic, academic and producer. He has written many books on film arts.
Happy viewing of 1001 movies!