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From the birth of horror cinema, The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895) to Dante's Inferno (1911) and all the way through cinema's history to Raw (2017) and Wolves at the Door (2018), 1001 MOVIES THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD explores over a century of horror, cult and banned films. This extensive guide is replete with over 1000 entries, featuring choice cuts from every sub From the birth of horror cinema, The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895) to Dante's Inferno (1911) and all the way through cinema's history to Raw (2017) and Wolves at the Door (2018), 1001 MOVIES THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD explores over a century of horror, cult and banned films. This extensive guide is replete with over 1000 entries, featuring choice cuts from every sub-genre imaginable in a movie jungle teeming with classics and lesser-known items of interest. Horror connoisseur, Vincent Kapner, serves as the Virgil to your Dante as he guides you through the infernal picture house of the most controversial, shocking and disturbing movies ever made. Overflowing with trivia and background information, as well as synopses, critical opinion and censorship information, 1001 MOVIES THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD is an indispensable addition to any film fan's book shelf. So, if you're an unrepentant cinematic sinner, why not take the plunge and visit the Seven Circles of Movie Hell. Not only will you find yourself in good company, but you'll also be introduced to dozens - if not hundreds - of strange and terrifying cine-lifeforms that had previously escaped your notice. 'What is your pleasure, Sir?'


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From the birth of horror cinema, The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895) to Dante's Inferno (1911) and all the way through cinema's history to Raw (2017) and Wolves at the Door (2018), 1001 MOVIES THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD explores over a century of horror, cult and banned films. This extensive guide is replete with over 1000 entries, featuring choice cuts from every sub From the birth of horror cinema, The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895) to Dante's Inferno (1911) and all the way through cinema's history to Raw (2017) and Wolves at the Door (2018), 1001 MOVIES THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD explores over a century of horror, cult and banned films. This extensive guide is replete with over 1000 entries, featuring choice cuts from every sub-genre imaginable in a movie jungle teeming with classics and lesser-known items of interest. Horror connoisseur, Vincent Kapner, serves as the Virgil to your Dante as he guides you through the infernal picture house of the most controversial, shocking and disturbing movies ever made. Overflowing with trivia and background information, as well as synopses, critical opinion and censorship information, 1001 MOVIES THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD is an indispensable addition to any film fan's book shelf. So, if you're an unrepentant cinematic sinner, why not take the plunge and visit the Seven Circles of Movie Hell. Not only will you find yourself in good company, but you'll also be introduced to dozens - if not hundreds - of strange and terrifying cine-lifeforms that had previously escaped your notice. 'What is your pleasure, Sir?'

23 review for 1001 Movies That Shocked the World: A Chronology of Cult, Horror and Banned Films, 1895-2018

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bryant

    MOVIE REVIEW January to June is here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... July to December 2020 I saw so many movies this year because of lockdown and because Selma explained to me that there really are lots of websites that provide good quality FREE movies, old ones, new ones, Hollywood, arthouse, indie, the whole delicious banquet of cinema spread out, indeed, for your delectation, and that, furthermore, partaking of these online treats will not instantly infect your computer, or your physical MOVIE REVIEW January to June is here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... July to December 2020 I saw so many movies this year because of lockdown and because Selma explained to me that there really are lots of websites that provide good quality FREE movies, old ones, new ones, Hollywood, arthouse, indie, the whole delicious banquet of cinema spread out, indeed, for your delectation, and that, furthermore, partaking of these online treats will not instantly infect your computer, or your physical body, or even your very soul, with noisome disease or subtle invasive corruption, such that my doubts were dispersed once and for all and a feeding frenzy resulted. SOME REAL ODDITIES The Sum of Us One of our films of the year is this total obscurity from Australia. This is all about 29 year old Russell Crowe growing up as a gay son of a single parent father who once he discovers his son’s sexuality becomes the most gay-friendly dad ever in the entire history of cinema, to the point where his gay-friendliness teeters over into full-on creepiness. He never stops talking about how he loves and supports his gay son. Mercifully a tragic affliction robs the father of the power of speech towards the end of the film, and the audience can relax for the first time. Has to be seen to be believed. Freaks Well this is so famous and we hadn’t seen it and now we have and we feel – what’s the right word – freaked out. This movie would not have been allowed to be made at any other time. It ain’t a good movie, but it features those genuine carnival performers, and it presents them without condescension or apology. Wake in Fright Another Australian obscurity, now a cult movie, it says here. And I see why. This is a unique exploration of a particularly vile kind of male cameraderie/male brutality and a vision of hell. Totally recommended. Meet John Doe Anyone who thinks they know the difference between right wing and left wing and what was going on in the USA in the early 1940s has to see this, it will drive you quite insane. Dogtooth Shortbus NEW OR NEWISH MOVIES : FAVOURITES Never Rarely Sometimes Always Because it is rigorous and committed and perfect this may be my film of the year. There’s more tension here than ten ordinary thrillers, but all that’s happening is a teenage girl trying to get an abortion. We love American indie movies by the way. A Taxi Driver Yeah, stupid title since Taxi Driver is already somewhat famous; but this is great – a western journalist tries to get to the cut-off city of Gwangju where some big anti-government riots are going on, and this random taxi driver is the only guy who says he can get him there. Many hair raising and/or ludicrous events then follow and 2 hours 20 minutes go by in a blur. This was a true story. Land of Mine Wonderfully grim as German prisoners of war are forced to clear Danish beaches of thousands of landmines. The POWs are around 15 years old but at that point nobody cared about that. Secret Sunshine Me and Selma share a love of long leisurely Asian movies where very little happens, they can be around two and a half hours long and maybe three things will happen in that time, and that’s okay with us. This is one like that. When you get the taste, it’s just wonderful. Beanpole I guess this was a Russian miseryfest but it was kind of uplifting and mesmerising at the same time. Really great. OTHER GOOD RECENT MOVIES I’m Thinking of Ending Things Charlie Kaufman just about rescued his reputation with this morbid trudge towards death. I had tried to read his novel Antkind because what could possibly go wrong and I found everything went wrong. But this movie was ghastly fun. Gutterbug This looks like a painful ticking-all-the-boxes right-on indie wallow in punky-druggy squalor and, well, that’s because it is! But Andrew Yackel as Bug gives us a full-tilt performance that got him an Oscar nomination from me. Judy Another slightly more high profile movie entirely carried by a committed performance – in this case TOO committed. The ever lovely Renee sang her own vocals, demonstrating why in the olden days they dubbed singing stars with vocals by people who can actually sing. Renee hit all the notes and had all the passion and so forth, but alas, there was no getting away from her actual voice, which no amount of coaching could render more mellifluous. It remained a harsh and strident bellow throughout. Otherwise, a very nice movie. The Gentlemen A real fun self-parody of ultramachismo, comedy of the year. Summer 1993 The Lighthouse Tyrannosaur Oasis Safe The Magdalene Sisters Breathless The Trial of the Chicago 7 The Beguiled Interstellar Philomena Fire Will Come SOME NEW OR NEWISH MOVIES TO AVOID LIKE CORONA A Rainy Day in New York God knows why we watched this, everybody and his chihuahua knows that Woody hasn’t made a decent film for 20 years with the single exception of Blue Jasmine. But graciously we gave Woody another chance and it may be the worst least funny smuggest most pleased with itself smirky movie since the previous Woody movie. Pain and Glory So much love for this one but it was another in the long line of Tortured Artist weepfests. Pedro Almodovar is hardly Mr Misunderstood. The Invisible Man They tell me it was a reboot of HG Wells’ original but it was nasty and fairly stupid. The Devil all the Time This wasn’t such a bad movie, I even quite liked it, but when you’ve read the book it was Trainspotting all over again. Savage book becomes slightly edgy Netflix entertainment. Also, the extremely-fake-spiders-over-the-head scene is in the top ten most-unintentionally-funny scenes. Tenet I could be wrong but it seems Christopher Nolan takes some old established science fiction ideas and gives them a mild rewrite and with a very considerable budget makes movies that are increasingly irritating. The System Alas, goodly-hearted well-meaningness will not make a good movie, no matter that it’s torn from the latest front page. This BLM protest movie was gruesome. OLD HOLLYWOOD MOVIES : OUR BETTE DAVIS YEAR The Catered Affair I’m not a fan of filmed plays but this one (screenplay by Gore Vidal) was terrific – when young working class Debbie Reynolds decides to get married mother Bette Davis (almost unrecognisable) wants to make it a big wedding but father Ernst Borgnine explains they just don’t have the money Old Acquaintance This is the one where she strides across a grand drawing room to grasp Miriam Hopkins by the neck and strangle her. They asked her how she felt about that scene and she said she thoroughly enjoyed it. Mr Skeffington Of Human Bondage OLD HOLLYWOOD MOVIES : FAVOURITES Design for Living Thirty years before Truffaut’s famous Jules and Jim, Noel Coward’s play about a woman who doesn’t see why she can’t live with two men got a saucy Hollywood production that surely must have raised a few eyebrows in 1933 because it still raised all of our eyebrows in 2020. Bigger Than Life The Big Clock The Naked City OLD HOLLYWOOD MOVIES : OTHER GOOD ONES IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER The Innocents The Bad and the Beautiful King’s Row The Chase The Big Combo Pickup on South Street A New Leaf Smoke Tootsie The Desperate Hours Bunny Lake is Missing Prince of the City But I’m a Cheerleader OLD NON-HOLLYWOOD STUFF : FAVOURITES Vagabond Criterion Collection released a box set of dvds of the COMPLETE Agnes Varda, all shorts, documentaries, all features, lots of extras, and it isn’t available outside the USA and it’s just too expensive. Like Mick Jagger says, you can’t always get what you want. Alfie Ashes and Diamonds Odd Man Out The Cranes are Flying The Wings of the Dove A Man Escaped Ikiru Street of Shame OLD NON-HOLLYWOOD STUFF : OTHER GOOD ONES To Our Romance Minne and Moscowitz Harakiri To Live The Wind Will Carry Us SOME OLD MOVIES ARE TERRIBLE Spellbound I don’t get why Hitchcock’s crude Freudianism gets waved through by critics. It wrecks a few of his movies bt this is the reducto. You have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at Ingrid’s psychiatrist and Gregory’s florid ravings. A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy Harvey The Lady from Shanghai Long Day’s Journey into Night A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Conclusion : what a great year for movies. We ended by watching three films by Kenji Mizoguchi yesterday (available on Youtube). I know, we’re kind of crazy.

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