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

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Perseus Books Group, Jan 4, 2002 - Performing Arts - 351 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

A Space Odyssey 1968
1
42nd Street 1933
4
The 400 Blows 1959
8
All About Eve 1950
11
Annie Hall 1977
14
Ashes and Diamonds 1958
17
LAtalante 1934
20
The Bank Dick 1940
24
M 1931
173
The Maltese Falcon 1941
176
The Man with a Movie Camera 1929
179
The Marriage of Maria Braun 1978
181
Metropolis 1927
182
Modern Times 1936
185
Mr Smith Goes to Washington 1939
188
Nashville 1975
191

The Battleship Potemkin 1925
27
The Birth of a Nation 1915
30
BlowUp 1966
34
Bonnie and Clyde 1967
38
Breathless 1960
43
Bringing Up Baby 1938
48
Casablanca 1942
51
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 1978
55
Children of Paradise 1945
58
Chinatown 1974
61
Citizen Kane 1941
65
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977
69
Closely Watched Trains 1967
72
Closeup 1990
76
Dance Girl Dance 1940
79
The Decalogue
81
Diary of a Country Priest 1951
84
Diner 1982
88
Do the Right Thing 1989
91
La Dolce Vita 1959
94
Double Indemnity 1944
97
Duck Soup 1933
100
Easy Rider 1969
104
Enter the Dragon 1973
107
The Entertainer 1960
110
The Exorcist 1973
113
Faces 1968
116
Fargo 1996
118
Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein 19311935
121
The General 1927
125
The Godfather and The Godfather Part II 19721974
128
Gone with the Wind 1939
132
The Gospel According to St Matthew 1964
136
The Graduate 1967
138
Greed 1924
141
Happy Together 1997
144
High Noon 1952
147
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956
151
Jailhouse Rock 1957
153
Ju Dou Raise the Red Lantern Red Sorghum 199019911987
156
Killer of Sheep 1977
159
LA Confidential 1997
163
Landscape in the Mist U988
167
Lawrence of Arabia 1962
170
The Night of the Hunter 1955
194
Night of the Living Dead 1968
198
Nosferatu 1922
200
Los Olvidados 1950
203
On the Waterfront 1954
206
Open City 1945
208
The Palm Beach Story 1942
212
Pandoras Box 1928
215
The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928
219
Rather Panchali Aparajito The World of Apu 19561958 1960
222
The Piano 1993
226
Psycho 1960
229
The Public Enemy 1931
232
Pulp Fiction 1994
236
Raging Bull 1980
238
Rashomon 1950
241
Rebel Without a Cause 1955
245
The Rules of the Game 1939
248
Schindlers List 1993
253
The Searchers 1956
256
The Seven Samurai 1954
258
The Seventh Seal 1957
261
Singin in the Rain 1952
264
Star Wars 1977
267
La Strada and Nights of Cabiria 19551957
270
Sunrise 1927
275
Sunset Boulevard 1950
279
The Thief of Bagdad 1924
284
Tokyo Story 1953
286
Top Hat 1935
288
Touch of Evil 1958
290
Trouble in Paradise 1932
293
Ugetsu Monogatari 1953
298
Unforgiven 1992
304
Les Vampires 1915
307
Vertigo 1958
310
The Wild Bunch 1969
315
Winchester 73 1950
318
The Wizard of Oz 1939
322
Written on the Wind 1956
325
Contributors
329
Index
333
Permissions
347
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Jay Carr has been the film critic of the Boston Globe since 1983.

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