This illustrated two-volume set is a compendium of more than 50 monographs published by the British Film Institute since 1992. Each entry focuses on a single great film of world cinema, presenting an essay by a prominent critic, novelist, academic, or filmmaker. You will read Camille Paglia on The Birds, Richard Schickel on Double Indemnity , Salman Rushdie on The Wizard of Oz , and many more. Such a spectrum of critics, covering an equally broad selection of films, emphasizes the diversity of ways in which people experience cinema.
Film Classics showcases a breadth of styles and approaches to contemporary film criticism, offering informed and lively critiques of some of the most notable works in the history of film.
"The stature of films and writers makes this work valuable… Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and higher." -- Choice
"Academic and research libraries that are not purchasing the series may want to consider this set for their circulating collections." -- Booklist/RBB
"A must-have resource on these films of undeniable historical significance. The essays are all of exceptionally high quality… The BFI series is a landmark in the history of film criticism, and an absolutely essential reference book…" -- Quarterly Review of Film and Video