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The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter

Jeremy Arnold Robert Osborne Jeremy Arnold Robert Osborne

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Running Press
01 May 2016
Photographs: collections; Film, TV & Radio; Film theory & criticism; Film movie guides & reviews
Since its inception on Turner Classic Movies in 2001, The Essentials has become the ultimate series for movie lovers to expand their knowledge of must-see cinema and discover or revisit landmark films that have had a lasting impact on audiences everywhere. Based on the TCM series, The Essentials book showcases fifty-two must-see movies from the silent era through the early 1980s.

Readers can enjoy one film per week for a year of stellar viewing or indulge in their own classic film festival. Some long-championed masterworks appear within these pages; other selections may surprise you. Each film is profiled with insightful notes on why it’s an Essential, a guide to must-see moments, and running commentary from TCM’s Robert Osborne and Essentials guest hosts past and present including Sally Field, Drew Barrymore, Alec Baldwin, Rose McGowan, Carrie Fisher, Molly Haskell, Peter Bogdanovich, Sydney Pollack, and Rob Reiner.

Featuring full-color and black-and-white photography of the greatest stars in movie history, The Essentials is your curated guide to fifty-two movies that define the meaning of the word classic.
By:   Jeremy Arnold, Robert Osborne
Foreword by:   Jeremy Arnold, Robert Osborne
Imprint:   Running Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 192mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   1.058kg
ISBN:   9780762459469
ISBN 10:   0762459468
Series:   Turner Classic Movies: The Essentials
Publication Date:   01 May 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter

[An] excellent book. Author Arnold distills why each movie is a must-see, and augments his knowledgeable text with sidebar quotes from various TCM hosts... Handsomely designed and packed with great photos, The Essentials would be a perfect gift for a young person who's just dipping his or her toe into these waters...but I found it equally appealing. --Leonard Maltin, leonardmaltin.com An entertaining read... Beautifully-designed and illustrated... Author Jeremy Arnold does a superb job presenting the reasons why a particular film matters. --Raymond Benson, Cinema Retro


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