Our choice of must-see masterpieces
"Well-researched, encyclopedic, full of fascinating facts and an
ideal present for silver screen enthusiasts."
- The Sunday Post, Dundee
They say that in life, there are winners and there are losers.
Though the movies we selected for this two-volume collection are
winners indeed, those that didn't make the cut aren't losers. We
just didn't like them quite as much. It was a tough, soul-searching
process, but after much debate and deliberation TASCHEN settled on
what we believe to be the 100 finest examples of 20th century
From horror to romance, noir to slapstick, adventure to tragedy,
epic to musical, western to new wave, all genres are represented in
this wide-ranging and devilishly fun compendium.
Metropolis? Check. Modern Times? Yep. Citizen
Kane, The Seven Samurai? Of course. La dolce vita, Psycho,
A Clockwork Orange? You bet. Plus The Godfather, Annie
Hall, Blue Velvet, Pulp Fiction... and so many more cinematic
gems including lesser-known masterpieces like Buñuel's The
Young and the Damned. Think of this collection as a
celebration of contrasts, an homage to the seventh art, a gathering
of greats, and a nostalgic romp through celluloid history.
Chronological entries each include a synopsis, cast/crew listings,
technical information, actor/director bios, trivia, and lists of
awards, as well as film stills, production photos, and the original
poster for each film. The chapter for each decade begins with an
introduction exploring the historical and social context of films
made in that era.