The A List - National Society of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films

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This is the Amazon book description for "The A List", published in 2002:

People love movies. People love lists. So The A-List is a natural. While there are plenty of encyclopedic lists of films, this compulsively readable book of 100 essays—most written expressly for this volume-flags the best of the best as chosen by a consensus of the National Society of Film Critics. The Society is a world-renowned, marquee—name organization embracing some of America's most distinguished critics: more than forty writers who have national followings as well as devoted local constituencies in such major cities as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. But make no mistake about it: This isn't a collection of esoteric "critic's choice" movies. The Society has made its selections based on a film's intrinsic merits, its role in the development of the motion-picture art, and its impact on culture and society. Some of the choices are controversial. So are some of the omissions. It will be a jumping-off point for discussions for years to come. And since the volume spans all international films from the very beginning, it will act as a balance to recent guides dominated by films of the last two decades (hardly film's golden age). Here is a book that is definitely ready for its close-up.

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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
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    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 25 top lists Check
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    42nd Street

    1933, in 11 top lists Check
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    All About Eve

    1950, in 24 top lists Check
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    Annie Hall

    1977, in 31 top lists Check
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    Aparajito

    1956 — a.k.a. The Unvanquished, in 13 top lists Check
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    Apur Sansar

    1959 — a.k.a. The World of Apu, in 19 top lists Check
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    Popiól i diament

    1958 — a.k.a. Ashes and Diamonds, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Bank Dick

    1940 — a.k.a. The Bank Detective, in 8 top lists Check
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    Bronenosets Potemkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
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    Blowup

    1966 — a.k.a. Blow-Up, in 18 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 28 top lists Check
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    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 28 top lists Check
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    Bride of Frankenstein

    1935, in 18 top lists Check
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    Bringing Up Baby

    1938, in 21 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
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    The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

    1978, in 4 top lists Check
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    Les enfants du paradis

    1945 — a.k.a. Children of Paradise, in 20 top lists Check
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    Chinatown

    1974, in 28 top lists Check
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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 36 top lists Check
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 22 top lists Check
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    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close-Up, in 19 top lists Check
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    Ostre sledované vlaky

    1966 — a.k.a. Closely Watched Trains, in 14 top lists Check
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    Dance, Girl, Dance

    1940, in 1 top list Check
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    Dekalog

    1989, in 12 top lists Check
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    Journal d'un curé de campagne

    1951 — a.k.a. Diary of a Country Priest, in 14 top lists Check
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    Diner

    1982, in 7 top lists Check
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    Do the Right Thing

    1989, in 20 top lists Check
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    La dolce vita

    1960 — a.k.a. La Dolce Vita, in 19 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 32 top lists Check
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    Duck Soup

    1933, in 23 top lists Check
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    Easy Rider

    1969, in 18 top lists Check
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    Enter the Dragon

    1973, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Entertainer

    1960, in 1 top list Check
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    The Exorcist

    1973, in 25 top lists Check
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    Faces

    1968, in 11 top lists Check
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    Fargo

    1996, in 23 top lists Check
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    Frankenstein

    1931, in 18 top lists Check
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    The General

    1926, in 31 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 38 top lists Check
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    The Godfather: Part II

    1974, in 27 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
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    Il vangelo secondo Matteo

    1964 — a.k.a. The Gospel According to St. Matthew, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Graduate

    1967, in 27 top lists Check
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    Greed

    1924, in 20 top lists Check
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    Chun gwong cha sit

    1997 — a.k.a. Happy Together, in 11 top lists Check
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    High Noon

    1952, in 18 top lists Check
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    1956, in 18 top lists Check
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    Jailhouse Rock

    1957, in 4 top lists Check
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