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The A List : The National Society Of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films - Jay Carr

The A List

The National Society Of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films

By: Jay Carr

Paperback Published: 4th January 2002
ISBN: 9780306810961
Number Of Pages: 368

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People love movies. People love lists. So The A-List is a natural. While there are plenty of encyclopedic lists of films, this compulsively readable book of 100 essays--most written expressly for this volume-flags the best of the best as chosen by a consensus of the National Society of Film Critics. The Society is a world-renowned, marquee--name organization embracing some of America's most distinguished critics: more than forty writers who have national followings as well as devoted local constituencies in such major cities as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. But make no mistake about it: This isn't a collection of esoteric "critic's choice" movies. The Society has made its selections based on a film's intrinsic merits, its role in the development of the motion-picture art, and its impact on culture and society. Some of the choices are controversial. So are some of the omissions. It will be a jumping-off point for discussions for years to come. And since the volume spans all international films from the very beginning, it will act as a balance to recent guides dominated by films of the last two decades (hardly film's golden age). Here is a book that is definitely ready for its close-up.

Introductionp. xv
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)p. 1
42ND Street (1933)p. 4
The 400 Blows (1959)p. 8
All About Eve (1950)p. 11
Annie Hall (1977)p. 14
Ashes and Diamonds (1958)p. 17
L'Atalante (1934)p. 20
The Bank Dick (1940)p. 24
The Battleship Potemkin (1925)p. 27
The Birth of A Nation (1915)p. 30
Blow-Up (1966)p. 34
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)p. 38
Breathless (1960)p. 43
Bringing Up Baby (1938)p. 48
Casablanca (1942)p. 51
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)p. 55
Children of Paradise (1945)p. 58
Chinatown (1974)p. 61
Citizen Kane (1941)p. 65
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)p. 69
Closely Watched Trains (1967)p. 72
Close-Up (1990)p. 76
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)p. 79
The Decalogue (1988)p. 81
Diary of A Country Priest (1951)p. 84
Diner (1982)p. 88
Do the Right Thing (1989)p. 91
La Dolce Vita (1959)p. 94
Double Indemnity (1944)p. 97
Duck Soup (1933)p. 100
Easy Rider (1969)p. 104
Enter the Dragon (1973)p. 107
The Entertainer (1960)p. 110
The Exorcist (1973)p. 113
Faces (1968)p. 116
Fargo (1996)p. 118
Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein (1931, 1935)p. 121
The General (1927)p. 125
The Godfather and the Godfather Part II (1972, 1974)p. 128
Gone With the Wind (1939)p. 132
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)p. 136
The Graduate (1967)p. 138
Greed (1924)p. 141
Happy Together (1997)p. 144
High Noon (1952)p. 147
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)p. 151
Jailhouse Rock (1957)p. 153
Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, Red Sorghum (1990, 1991, 1987)p. 156
Killer of Sheep (1977)p. 159
L.A. Confidential (1997)p. 163
Landscape in the Mist (1988)p. 167
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)p. 170
M (1931)p. 173
The Maltese Falcon (1941)p. 176
The Man With A Movie Camera (1929)p. 179
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978)p. 181
Metropolis (1927)p. 182
Modern Times (1936)p. 185
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)p. 188
Nashville (1975)p. 191
The Night of the Hunter (1955)p. 194
Night of the Living Dead (1968)p. 198
Nosferatu (1922)p. 200
Los Olvidados (1950)p. 203
On the Waterfront (1954)p. 206
Open City (1945)p. 208
The Palm Beach Story (1942)p. 212
Pandora's Box (1928)p. 215
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)p. 219
Pather Panchali, Aparajito, The World of APU (1956, 1958, 1960)p. 222
The Piano (1993)p. 226
Psycho (1960)p. 229
The Public Enemy (1931)p. 232
Pulp Fiction (1994)p. 236
Raging Bull (1980)p. 238
Rashomon (1950)p. 241
Rebel Without A Cause (1955)p. 245
The Rules of the Game (1939)p. 248
Schindler's List (1993)p. 253
The Searchers (1956)p. 256
The Seven Samurai (1954)p. 258
The Seventh Seal (1957)p. 261
Singin' in the Rain (1952)p. 264
Star Wars (1977)p. 267
La Strada and Nights of Cabiria (1955, 1957)p. 270
Sunrise (1927)p. 275
Sunset Boulevard (1950)p. 279
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)p. 284
Tokyo Story (1953)p. 286
Top Hat (1935)p. 288
Touch of Evil (1958)p. 290
Trouble in Paradise (1935)p. 293
Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)p. 298
Unforgiven (1992)p. 304
Les Vampires (1915)p. 307
Vertigo (1958)p. 310
The Wild Bunch (1969)p. 315
Winchester '73 (1953)p. 318
The Wizard of oz (1939)p. 322
Written on the Wind (1956)p. 325
Contributorsp. 329
Indexp. 333
Permissionsp. 347
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ISBN: 9780306810961
ISBN-10: 0306810964
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 4th January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1