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Jürgen Müller

Author of Movies of the 70s

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Works by Jürgen Müller

Movies of the 70s (2003) 189 copies
Movies of the 90s (2001) 156 copies
Best Movies of the 80's (2002) 149 copies
Movies of the 50s (1999) 67 copies
Movies of the 60s (2004) 52 copies
Movies of the 2000s (2010) 46 copies
Movies of the 20s (2007) 44 copies
Movies of the 40s (Midi) (2005) 36 copies
Movies of the 30s (2006) 33 copies
Film Noir: 100 All-Time Favorites (2014) — Editor — 29 copies
Movies of the 80s (2018) 13 copies
100 movies of the 2010s (2022) 8 copies
Europa (2016) 3 copies
Demokrati i en krisetid (2018) 2 copies
100 Movies of the 1990s (2022) 2 copies
100 Movies of the 1980s (2022) 2 copies
Sternenkill: SF-Roman (2017) 2 copies
Das Paradox als Bildform (1999) 2 copies
100 Movies of the 2000s (2022) 2 copies

Associated Works

Danmark bliver moderne : 1900-1950 (2016) — Author, some editions — 8 copies
Magisch angezogen: Mode - Medien - Markenwelten (1999) — Contributor — 5 copies
Beethoven moves (2020) — Contributor — 3 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Müller, Jürgen
Other names
MÜLLER, Jürgen
20th Century



Taschen is a publisher of high quality art books, and several of their titles deal with cinema, including several in their "archives" series on selected directors (I have their edition on Stanley Kubrick, and it is superlative in all respects).

Being a fan of film noirs, be they American or French, classical period or neo-noir, I had to get this from my local library. It's an extremely heavy, oversized tome printed on thick, glossy paper. I don't think it was a good idea to go with black pages with white text, however. The black page shows any hint of oil from one's fingers, marring the looks.

There are three well-written essays to start things off, one by the filmmaker Paul Schrader. He points out that noir is not a genre, but a style. I get that, but to me there are certain thematic elements that also make up noir. Then the book does anywhere from 4 to 8 pages on each of the 100 selected films. The text is written by several different writers who provide insight into the elements that make that film special. But the main attraction here are the well-selected stills taken from the films themselves.

Perhaps my opinion is rather parochial, but some of these films I don't consider noir, or even noirish. For instance, Psycho. It's a great film, but it's not noir; it's a horror film, and one of the best. I would have picked some different neo-noir films, such as Night Moves. But all in all, this is a fantastic book; one of the best graphical coffee table books imaginable on the subject.
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nog | Nov 14, 2021 |
A massive coffee table book, this book covers a wide variety of films from the silent era (and some early talkies) with a lavish selection of pictures. It provides a good look at the range of films produced in America and Europe between 1895 and 1920 (despite the title, it is not limited to the 1920s).

This book is worth having for any silent film fan for the pictures and the brief discussions of the featured films, even though there is insufficient space for an in-depth analysis of the films. I also point out that all the illustrations are in black-and-white, so the book misses the opportunity to showcase the use of early two-strip Technicolor in some featured 1920s films (The Black Pirate, Ben-Hur, Phantom of the Opera).… (more)
Thomas64 | 1 other review | Aug 29, 2012 |
Great coffee table book. It talks about a number of movies from the 90s and discusses why they are influential enough to be mentioned.
martyr13 | 1 other review | Dec 31, 2007 |

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