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The Great Movies III

With a Foreword by David Bordwell

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 crème de la crème 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.

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440 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2010

Film Studies


“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.”


 “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.


“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

Table of Contents

Foreword by David Bordwell


3 Women

Ace in the Hole


After Dark, My Sweet

After Hours

The Age of Innocence

Army of Shadows

Atlantic City

Au Revoir les Enfants


The Band Wagon


The Battle of Algiers

Bergman’s Trilogy 1: Through a Glass Darkly

Bergman’s Trilogy 2: Winter Light

Bergman’s Trilogy 3: The Silence

The Best Years of Our Lives

The Big Red One

Blade Runner: The Final Cut


Cat People

Chimes at Midnight

Chop Shop

Chuck Jones: Three Cartoons

Cool Hand Luke

Crimes and Misdemeanors


Dark City

The Dead


Dog Day Afternoon

The Double Life of Veronique

Easy Rider

El Norte

El Topo

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser


Fanny and Alexander



Forbidden Games

The Godfather: Part II

The Great Dictator

Groundhog Day

Howards End

Inherit the Wind

Johnny Guitar

Juliet of the Spirits

Killer of Sheep

La Belle Noiseuse

L.A. Confidential

The Last Picture Show

Last Tango in Paris

The Last Temptation of Christ

Late Spring


The Long Goodbye


The Marriage of Maria Braun


Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Mon Oncle Antoine


My Fair Lady

My Man Godfrey

Nanook of the North


Out of the Past

Pan’s Labyrinth

Paths of Glory

The Phantom of the Opera



A Prairie Home Companion

Rebel Without a Cause

The Red Shoes

Ripley’s Game

The River (Le Fleuve)

Rocco and His Brothers

Safety Last

Samurai Rebellion

Sansho the Bailiff

Santa Sangre

The Scarlet Empress

Secrets & Lies

The Shining

The Terrorist

The Thief of Bagdad

Top Hat

Triumph of the Will

Vengeance Is Mine

Waking Life

Werckmeister Harmonies

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Withnail & I

A Woman’s Tale


WR—Mysteries of the Organism

A Year of the Quiet Sun


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