'Have You Seen . . .?': a Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films including masterpieces, oddities and guilty pleasures (with just a few disasters)

By David Thomson

A couple of thousand pages within the voice of our such a lot provocative modern movie critic and historian—a beneficiant background of movie and an attractive serious appraisal written with as a lot humor and fervour as old knowledge.

Juxtaposing the fanciful and the really good, the outdated favorites and the forgotten, this sweeping assortment offers the flicks that Thomson deals to respond to the query he will get requested so much often—“What may still I see?” no longer content material to decide on purely his personal best movies, Thomson has created a listing that might shock and pleasure you—and ship you for your DVD participant. yet he additionally probes the query: After 100 years of movie, which of them are the easiest, and why?

“Have You visible . . . ?” indicates a real canon of cinema and is a needs to for somebody who loves the silver monitor: the best confection to dip into for a flavor of controversy, little-known evidence, and concepts approximately what to work out. You’ll are looking to go back to this quantity time and again, like a pricey yet argumentative pal at midnight on the videos.

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