Movies Magnificent: 150 Must-See Cinema Classics
All Reid's books are interesting and useful. This one deals with an impressive range of movie landmarks, including credits, reviews and interesting background details on films like Algiers, Anna and the King of Siam, Bells of St Mary's, Best Years of Our Lives, Blood and Sand, Blossoms in the Dust, Citizen Kane, Cover Girl, Dinner at Eight, etc. Reid's notes on the films are totally fascinating. More
Professional Reviews: Rodney Bourke in International Movie Making: MOVIES MAGNIFICENT is truly a magnificent publication. John Howard Reid's movie books go from strength to strength. If you collect classic movies on film or DVD, or if you just enjoy reading about them, then these are the books for you. Written by a true enthusiast, these classic books include such titles as "Hollywood Movie Musicals", "Movies Magnificent: 150 Must-See Cinema Classics", "These Great Movies Won No Hollywood Awards: A Film-Lover's Guide to the Best of the Rest", "CinemaScope 3: Hollywood Takes the Plunge", "Movies International: America's Best, Britain's Finest", "New Light on Movie Bests", and a round-up of " 'B' Movies, Bad Movies, Good Movies". These books are crammed full of facts about each selection of films, including stars and the characters they play, synopses and critiques. John Howard Reid is to be congratulated! … Wayne Howell in The Sun News-Pictorial: Guide to the films of yore! Be warned! This book's title may be confusing. It is called "Movies Magnificent: 150 Must-See Cinema Classics", and you may think you have found some important omissions. But there is a reason. This is one book in a series on the films of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Films like the classics, "Casablanca", "Gone With The Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz" are included in other volumes by author, John Howard Reid. All Reid's books are interesting and useful. This present book deals with an impressive range of film landmarks, including credits, reviews and interesting background details on films like Algiers, Anna and the King of Siam, The Bells of St Mary's, The Best Years of Our Lives, Blood and Sand, Blossoms in the Dust, Citizen Kane, Cover Girl, Dinner at Eight, A Double Life, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Gaslight, The Ghost and Mrs Muir, Going My Way, The Grapes of Wrath, The Harvey Girls, Henry V, Holiday Inn, Key Largo, Kitty Foyle, Leave Her to Heaven, Lost Weekend, Miracle on 34th Street, My Sister Eileen, The Naked Spur, Now Voyager, Phantom of the Opera, The Philadelphia Story, Pinocchio, Pete Kelly’s Blues, Psycho, The Razor's Edge, Rebecca, Scaramouche, Sergeant York, The Seventh Veil, Spellbound, Sullivan's Travels, Suspicion, Thief of Bagdad, We're No Angels, White Christmas, The Yearling, and many more. But the book also does take a swipe at some of the sillier, popular film "classics" like "Andy Hardy Meets Debutante" and "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" which Reid describes as "a ghastly film" which bears absolutely no relationship to the famous true-life account on which it is allegedly based. The book also includes some contemporary reviews and other comments by critics who know their cinema and always try to be balanced. The notes on the films are also most interesting, listing awards and nominations the films won when first released, how they fared at the box-office and other behind-the-scenes stories. Unfortunately, the book is sparsely illustrated with only a few black-and-white photos, although most seem unfamiliar. I love the happy trio shot of Erich Von Stroheim, Anne Baxter and Franchot Tone in "Five Graves to Cairo". A beautiful full-color cover shot of Janet Leigh also compensates to some extent.
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