The Essentials

The Essentials

52 Must-see Movies and Why They Matter

Book - 2016
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Perseus Publishing
Showcasing 52 Essential films from the silent era through the 1980s, Turner Classic Movies invites you into a world filled with stirring performances, dazzling musical numbers, and bold directorial visions that mark the greatest moments in film history.
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 movie festival. Some long-championed classics 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 films that define the meaning of the word "classic."

Publisher: Philadelphia :, Running Press,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780762459469
Characteristics: 288 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cmArnold, Jeremy
Additional Contributors: Turner Classic Movies (Firm)


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Apr 11, 2018

Thoughtfully compiled by film historian, Jeremy Arnold - This glossy, well-researched book of stills and text closely looks at 52 mainstream films (all Hollywood productions with the exception of 4 foreign films) from the years 1927-1984.

Arnold gives each film a very serious overview and then he proceeds to explain, in detail, why (from his perspective) each of these particular films "matter".

Since this book was published in 2016 - I certainly found it kinda odd, indeed, that in the span of the last 32 years, Arnold had not found a single film at all that "mattered" enough to be worthy and deserving of its inclusion into his book.

Of course - When it comes to these 52 films - If you have actually seen them for yourself - You may or you may not quite agree with Arnold that these are the ones that really, truly "matter".

You may think that there are other movies out there that "matter" a whole lot more than these ones do.

Feb 11, 2017

A chronological listing of movies, heavily illustrated (with labels showing the cast members), describing why these movies were essential to the development of movie industry. Even if reading about the movies you know well and would expect to be on the list, you might find new insights about the studios' thinking why that movie should have been made and who should star in it which is sometimes much different than the finished product we know and love. These insights along with a few movies that you might have limited knowledge of makes for an interesting read.


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