Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Great Movies IV by Roger Ebert

  • THE BOOK
    • The Great Movies IV by Roger Ebert
    • Published September 28, 2016
    • Other works by author include many, many books on film.

  • THE PREMISE
    • Roger Ebert died in 2013. This is the final collection of essays in his Great Movies series, comprised of 62 movies.
      • He said in the first volume that these are not necessarily the BEST movies but rather great films for one reason or another.
    • There's a foreward by critic Matt Zoller Seitz and an introduction by Roger Ebert's widow, Chaz Ebert. 
    • Here is the list:
      • 25th Hour
      • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
      • An Autumn Afternoon
      • Badlands
      • The Ballad of Narayama
      • Barry Lyndon
      • The Big Lebowski
      • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
      • Cache'
      • La Ceremonie
      • The Circus
      • La Collectionneuse
      • Come and See
      • Contact
      • Day for Night
      • Departures
      • Diary of a Country Priest
      • Diary of a Lost Girl
      • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
      • French Cancan
      • The Grey Zone
      • The Hairdresser's Husband
      • Harakiri
      • Heart of Glass
      • In a Lonely Place
      • Ivan the Terrible, Parts I and II
      • The Killing
      • Leon Morin, Priest
      • Lost in Translation
      • Make Way for Tomorrow
      • A Man Escaped
      • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
      • Man with a Movie Camera
      • The Match Factory Girl
      • Mon Oncle d'Amerique
      • Monsieur Hire
      • Mulholland Drive
      • Mystery Train
      • Night Moves
      • Nosferatu the Vampyre
      • The Only Son
      • Pale Flower
      • Pink Floyd: The Wall
      • The Pledge
      • Red Beard
      • Richard III
      • Rio Bravo
      • Senso
      • Seven
      • Shadow of a Doubt
      • Shoah
      • Smiles of a Summer Night
      • Souls for Sale
      • The Spirit of the Beehive
      • Spirited Away
      • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring
      • Stagecoach
      • Superman
      • Tender Mercies 
      • Veronika Voss
      • Viridiana
      • Yellow Submarine
        • The ones in blue --- 32! --- are foreign language films and the ones in red --- a mere 4 --- are silent films.

  • MY THOUGHTS
    • I have only seen 7 of these!
    • There were far too many foreign language films for me to love this volume although I read most of those essays anyway. Roger Ebert has many interesting things to say about film.
    • The one movie I want to see now is Make Way for Tomorrow, a 1937 Leo McCarey film starring Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore.
      • An elderly couple lose their home to foreclosure and none of their five adult children want to take them in. They split up the parents, one each to a different home. But the dad needs a mild climate so they decide he should move to California to live with one of his daughters. The daughter doesn't have room for both so they decide to put their mom into a retirement home. Thus the parents will be split apart forever. 
        • Sounds like the kind of film to watch when you need a good cry.
    • Recommended for movie buffs, especially those who enjoy foreign language films.
    • ★ ★ ★
      • Roger Ebert's writing is great as always, definitely a 4 or 5 star review there, but my personal enjoyment of the book merits only 3 stars.

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