The Great Movies III
The Great Movies III
University of Chicago Press, Hardcover, 9780226182087, 417pp.
Publication Date: October 15, 2010
Roger Ebert has been writing film reviews for the "Chicago Sun-Times" for over four decades now and his biweekly essays on great movies have been appearing there since 1996. As Ebert noted in the introduction to the first collection of those pieces, They are not "the" greatest films of all time, because all lists of great movies are a foolish attempt to codify works which must stand alone. But it's fair to say: If you want to take a tour of the landmarks of the first century of cinema, start here.
Enter "The Great Movies III," Ebert's third collection of essays on the creme de la creme of the silver screen, each one a model of critical appreciation and a blend of love and analysis that will send readers back to the films with a fresh set of eyes and renewed enthusiasm or maybe even lead to a first-time viewing. From "The Godfather: Part II "to "Groundhog Day," from "The Last Picture Show "to "Last Tango in Paris," the hundred pieces gathered here display a welcome balance between the familiar and the esoteric, spanning Hollywood blockbusters and hidden gems, independent works and foreign language films alike. Each essay draws on Ebert's vast knowledge of the cinema, its fascinating history, and its breadth of techniques, introducing newcomers to some of the most exceptional movies ever made, while revealing new insights to connoisseurs as well.
Named the most powerful pundit in America by "Forbes" magazine, and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Roger Ebert is inarguably the most prominent and influential authority on the cinema today. "The Great Movies III" is sure to please his many fans and further enhance his reputation as America's most respected and trusted film critic.
“In every [essay], Ebert offers informed critical appraisals, as well as background on the movie’s making and significance, that make these pieces rewarding for film buffs and ideal introductions for first-time viewers.”—Booklist
“Roger Ebert’s take-no-prisoners essays packed with insidery insights will send movie lovers back to the sofa for a second look at old favorites like Cool Hand Luke and My Fair Lady while introducing more offbeat picks like Sansho the Bailiff and Pixote.”—Parade
“The lively text and subject matter is a winning combination. VERDICT For all movie fans as well as anyone looking for a good film to watch. An essential addition, especially for those owning Ebert''s first two collections.”—Library Journal