Great Movies – 100 Years of Cinema – Deluxe Cover Book
This is a hardback coffee-table sized book which does exactly what it says on the title, it’s offers a brief but enjoyable look-back at just ‘Great Movies’ from over 100 years of cinema.
The movies are categorised in the book under ten different genres, including ‘Fantasy’, ‘Sci-Fi & Horror’, ‘Musicals’, ‘Comedy’, and ‘Romance and Melodrama’ which include many diverse classics like ‘Psycho’, ‘Home Alone’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Die Hard’, ‘Star Wars’, and ‘Saving Private Ryan’ are presented across two pages with lots of screen captures and posters.
The author writes about them in an easy-to-read, never taxing or particularly in-depth style, and offers a list of similar, sometimes less-celebrated movies to seek out. He lets his opinion occasionally come through on the pages, although very rarely is it unjustly negative.
I don’t think ‘Great Movies’ is in anyway the best book of it’s kind, it’s more for a ‘celebration’, but can still be used as a useful reference guide, and it makes for a good talking point. Set out like an magazine or a scrap book, it’s very nice to look at, and will make a good present for film students especially.
Publisher – Cultural Historian: Andrew Heritage
Deluxe Cover: 320 pages