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A century of films : Derek Malcolm's personal best
Malcolm, Derek.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Tauris Parke Paperbacks ; New York : distributed by St. Martin's, [2000]

Physical Description:
184 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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PN1995 .M19 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Invited by The Guardian newspaper to explore his choice of 100 films in the millennium in a weekly column spanning two years, film writer and critic Derek Malcolm set out on a project which has attracted much attention. This book is a critical celebration of unparalleled knowledge and understanding of what cinema can achieve. Malcolm not only pleases to filmgoers, but introduces readers to films that they may not yet have discovered.

Author Notes

Derek Malcolm is President of the International Film Critics Association and writes widely on international cinema. He has been the lead film critic for The Guardian newspaper for over 30 years.

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Library Journal Review

Understated elegance informs the substance and style of Malcolm's 100 short essays on films that he could "not contemplate never seeing again." Selecting his favorite directors and limiting each to one film (not necessarily the most famous but rather "most typical" or "most surprising"), the longtime film critic for the London Guardian and current president of the International Film Critics Association has compiled a list that is widely representative of periods, countries, and styles. Page turners for film buffs and scholars alike, the essays abound with incisive comments, succinctly entertaining summaries, perceptive comparisons, allusions to influences and sources, relevant anecdotes about personalities, and a deeply informed, jargon-free joy in the art of film. Malcolm's commentary on favorites, whether familiar (works by Luis Bu$uel and Charlie Chaplin) or fresh (Blue Velvet and Raise the Red Lantern) recommend this informed, casually profound appreciation of films in the shifting contexts of the 20th century. Ann Fey, SUNY at Rockland Community Coll., Suffern (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Films Covered: The Travelling Players
The Passenger, Ashes and Diamonds
Days of Wrath
Nanook of the North
The Time to Live and the Time to Die
A Short Film About Killing
Swing High, Swing Low
Blue Velvet
Man of the West
A Night at the Opera
Triumph of the Will
Andrei Roublev
Broadway Danny Rose
LBJ and Others
The Band Wagon
La Femme Infidele
Monsieur Verdoux
Beauty and the Beast
Spirit of the Beehive
The Marriage of Maria Braum
Federico Fellini's 8 and a Half
Young Mr. Lincoln
Shock Corridor
Night of the Hunter
Fires Were Started
Paths of Glory
Throne of Blood
Sons of the Desert
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Brief Encounter
WR: Mysteries of the Organism
Madame de...
Johnny Guitar
The Tree of the Wooden Clogs
Pandora's Box
Pakeezah (Pure Heart)
The Music Room
La Collectionneuse
The Rise to Power of Louis XIV
The Wind
A Touch of Evil
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Les Enfants du Paradis
Apocalypse Now
Kind Hearts and Coronets
A Bout de Souffle
The Birth of a Nation
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
The General
Burden of Dreams
Cuba Si!
Le Samourai
Closely Observed Trains
The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums
The King of Marvin Gardens
The Third Man
Salvatore Giuliano
Raging Bull
The Crowd
Double Indemnity
The Bitter Tea of General Yen
The Philadelphia Story
Tokyo Story
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
The Scarlett Empress
Sullivan's Travels
Jules et Jim
Raise the Red Lantern