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A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Filmmakers
Steven Jay Schneider, General Editor - All books by this author

A copy of this valuable book is destined to find its way into the home of every true movie fan, cinema scholar, and film critic. It’s an A-to-Z compendium that profiles the 501 most important film directors of all time. Entries—augmented with a photo of each director plus movie stills from his or her films—describe such major figures as Sergei Eisenstein, Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Leni Riefenstahl, Orson Welles, Federico Fellini, Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman, and many, many others. Written by an expert team of film critics and historians, this book was compiled under the direction of editor Steven J. Schneider, who’s 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die has sold a half-million copies worldwide to date. Readers will learn—

  • Why D. W. Griffith is called the father of filmmaking
  • The details surrounding Martin Scorsese’s fascination with New York
  • The truth about Alfred Hitchcock’s stunning blondes . . . and much more
All filmmakers receive at least a one-page entry, which includes discussion of their work and influences, their complete filmography, and listing of awards they have received. Seventy-five directors of special importance are profiled in larger entries—two-page spreads—while 15 internationally acknowledged master directors are discussed and examined in two double-page spreads. Here is a comprehensive survey of the creative imaginations behind more than a hundred years of filmmaking. It’s a wonderful book for browsing, for reference, and for gaining insights into the personalities who directed the most memorable movies ever made.

Includes profiles for: Woody Allen • Pedro Almodovar • Robert Altman • Wes Anderson • Michael Apted • Dario Argento • Darren Aronofsky • Mario Bava • Warren Beatty • Ingmar Bergman • Busby Berkeley • Bernardo Bertolucci • Luc Bresson • Danny Boyle • Nick Broomfield • Luis Buñuel • Tim Burton • James Cameron • Frank Capra • John Carpenter • Youssef Chahine • Joel Coen and Ethan Coen • Sofia Coppola • Wes Craven • George Cukor • Cecil B. DeMille • Walt Disney • Marguerite Duras • Clint Eastwood • Federico Fellini • John Ford • Stephen Frears • Peter Greenaway • Hal Hartley • Amy Heckerling • Alfred Hitchcock • Peter Jackson • Derek Jarman • Jim Jarmusch • Spike Jonze • Abbas Kiarostami • Elia Kazan • Krzysztof Kieslowski • Takeshi Kitano • Stanley Kubrick • Akira Kurosawa • Beeban Kidron • Spike Lee • Ida Lupino • Terrence Malick • Fernando Meirelles • Georges Melies • Russ Meyer • Takashi Miike • Michael Moore • Gaspar Noé • Roman Polanski • Otto Preminger • Sam Raimi • Satyajit Ray • Jean Renoir • Roberto Rossellini • Martin Scorsese • Ridley Scott • Mack Sennett • Don Siegel • Aleksandr Sokurov • Steven Spielberg • Quentin Tarantino • Bela Tarr • Lars von Trier • Wong Kar-wai • John Woo • William Wyler • Zhang Yimou and more

From the Reviews:
“These hefty, valuable volumes are stuffed with tons of information about all your favorite filmmakers.”
Scene, January 29, 2008

About The Author:
Steven Jay Schneider
is a film critic, scholar, and producer with M.A. degrees in Philosophy from Harvard University and in Cinema Studies from New York University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on world cinema, most notably in the horror genre. They include Eurohorror, The Cinema of Wes Craven: An Auteur on Elm Street, Designing Fear: An Aesthetics of Cinematic Horror, Killing in Style: Artistic Murder in the Movies, Understanding Film Genres, and Traditions in World Cinema. He is also a consultant for film, television, and home video/DVD production companies, a curator for world horror film programs, and a staff member in development for Paramount Pictures. Among his recent titles are 501 Movie Stars and 501 Movie Directors, both available in North America from Barron’s. Two additional titles from Barron’s are scheduled for publication in Spring 09. They are 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die and 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die.


Hardcover w/jacket / 640 Pages / 6 1/4 x 8 1/4 / 2008


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