Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Great Movies by Roger Ebert

  • THE BOOK
    • The Great Movies by Roger Ebert
    • Published November 11, 2003
    • Film critic for The Chicago Sun-Times

  • THE PREMISE
    • Roger Ebert wrote an additional column for the Sun-Times called "The Great Movies" and this book is a collection of 100 of them.
    • This is not his list of the best 100 movies ever, just a list of classic movies he happened to choose to write about. There are three more books in the series: The Great Movies II, The Great Movies III, and The Great Movies IV.
    • The list:
      • 2001: A Space Odyssey
      • The 400 Blows
      • 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 (1946)
      • Belle de Jour
      • The Bicycle Thief
      • The Big Sleep
      • Blowup
      • Body Heat
      • Bonnie & 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 Extra-Terrestrial
      • 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 Boulevard
      • 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

  • MY THOUGHTS
    • I have seen 35 of them.
    • It was fun to read about some favorite movies and further my education about some I haven't seen yet. (In my family this means "I haven't seen it but I've read a lot about it.")
    • Because this is basically a compilation of weekly newspaper columns there are a couple of repetitive things and an occasional contradiction.
      • Any time Charles Chaplin is mentioned Roger repeats the same story. He watch an outdoor screening of "City Lights" in Venice in 1972 and afterwards Chaplin appeared on a balcony to thunderous applause. (Chaplin died shortly after this.)
      • In the essay for "Some Like It Hot" he says he won't spoil the last line of the movie for anyone who hasn't yet seen it. Then, a few essays later he lists some great last lines and tells exactly what ends "Some Like It Hot"!
      • Neither of these examples are a problem or a criticism --- who wouldn't want to often share an account of an emotional appearance of Charles Chaplin?! --- but you notice them reading the book all the way through in a couple of days. 
    • Recommended for film fans and Roger Ebert fans.

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