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Icons of film : the 20th century
Engelmeier, Peter W.
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Munich ; New York : Prestel, [2000]

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191 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
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Icons of Film is the sixth volume in Prestel's successful series focusing on the highlights of the twentieth century, which so far has covered art, architecture, photography, fashion, and design.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Film historian Peter W. Engelmeier (Fashion in Film) celebrates a select few in Icons of Film: The 20th Century, a dramatically illustrated tome (with more than 300 color and black-and-white photos) on 84 films most of them blockbusters with broad appeal (High Noon, Apocalypse Now, From Here to Eternity, Titanic) and a few distinguished movies favored by sophisticated film buffs (Nosferatu, Broken Silence, A bout de souffle). Arranged chronologically (from The Kid to American Beauty), Engelmeier's selections represent, he believes, the breadth and best of cinema from silent films to talkies, from westerns to dramatic epics and science fiction. ( Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-The contributors have selected 84 masterpieces and lesser-known films that they believe have helped define the cinema in the 20th century. After beginning with a nine-page exposition tracing the first full century of film, this fascinating book then chronologically presents double-page spreads for films beginning with Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, traveling through the decades, and concluding with the 2000 Best Picture Award winner, American Beauty. Each spread provides the title, release date, credits, director (with chronology, selected filmography, and picture), photographs from the film, and a synopsis and critique of each one. Some foreign selections for which information is difficult to locate elsewhere are also included. Unfortunately, there are none by D. W. Griffith, Buster Keaton, John Ford, William Wellman, or any female directors. Some also might question the choice of films by such directors as Frank Capra (Arsenic and Old Lace) and Roman Polanski (The Fearless Vampire Killers). Film noir is represented only by Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard. The layout, print, and the conciseness of the commentary make this book a valuable and easily accessible resource. Each entry is a mini lesson in itself, and the wealth of pictures accentuates the best a print source can bring to an analysis of an art form. An eclectic treasure and a valuable resource for students or teachers.-William Byrd, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Peter W. EngelmeierPeter W. EngelmeierMichael Althen
Raising the Curtain on the First Century of Filmp. 6
Douglas, Mary, Charlie and Friends or How it Started so Silently and then Learned to Talkp. 8
The Films
The Kidp. 16
Nosferatu--A Symphony of Horrorp. 18
The Battleship Potemkinp. 20
Metropolisp. 22
The Blue Angelp. 24
"M"p. 26
Top Hatp. 28
Modern Timesp. 30
Bringing Up Babyp. 32
Gone with the Windp. 34
Ninotchkap. 36
Citizen Kanep. 38
Arsenic and Old Lacep. 40
Casablancap. 42
To Be or Not To Bep. 44
For Whom the Bell Tollsp. 46
Children of Paradisep. 48
Gildap. 50
The Third Manp. 52
Sunset Boulevardp. 54
A Streetcar Named Desirep. 56
High Noonp. 58
Singin' in the Rainp. 60
From Here to Eternityp. 62
La Strada (The Road)p. 64
Rebel Without a Causep. 66
Wild Strawberriesp. 68
The Cranes are Flyingp. 70
Cat on a Hot Tin Roofp. 72
The Big Countryp. 74
La Dolce Vitap. 76
A Bout de Soufflep. 78
Ben Hurp. 80
Some Like it Hotp. 82
Psychop. 84
Breakfast at Tiffany'sp. 86
Lawrence of Arabiap. 88
Goldfingerp. 90
The Fearless Vampire Killersp. 92
In the Heat of the Nightp. 94
Le Samourai (The Godson)p. 96
Bonnie and Clydep. 98
2001: A Space Odysseyp. 100
Once Upon a Time in the Westp. 102
Easy Riderp. 104
The Garden of the Finzi-Continisp. 106
The Godfatherp. 108
Cabaretp. 110
Day for Nightp. 112
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisiep. 114
The Way We Werep. 116
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nestp. 118
Taxi Driverp. 120
The Star Wars Trilogyp. 122
The Marriage of Maria Braunp. 124
Manhattanp. 126
The Tin Drump. 128
Apocalypse Nowp. 130
Gandhip. 132
Blade Runnerp. 134
Paris, Texasp. 136
Once Upon a Time in Americap. 138
Out of Africap. 140
Down by Lawp. 142
The Last Emperorp. 144
Dead Poets Societyp. 146
Rain Manp. 148
Pretty Womanp. 150
Do the Right Thingp. 152
Dances with Wolvesp. 154
The Silence of the Lambsp. 156
Thelma and Louisep. 158
Schindler's Listp. 160
Short Cutsp. 162
Forrest Gumpp. 164
Pulp Fictionp. 166
The English Patientp. 168
Broken Silencep. 170
Titanicp. 172
Life is Beautifulp. 174
The Celebrationp. 176
Shakespeare in Lovep. 178
The Matrixp. 180
American Beautyp. 182
How "The End" Disappeared from the Cinema Screenp. 184
The Authorsp. 185
Selected Bibliographyp. 186
Indexp. 187
Acknowledgements and Photographic Creditsp. 192