Kenneth Turan discovered film as a child left undisturbed to watch Million Dollar Movie on WOR-TV Channel 9 in New York, a daily showcase for older Hollywood features. It was then that he developed a love of cinema that never left him and honed his eye for the most acute details and the grandest of scenes. Not to Be Missed blends cultural criticism, historical anecdotes, and inside-Hollywood controversy. Turan's selection of favorites ranges across all genres. From All About Eve to Seven Samurai to Sherlock Jr., these are all timeless films, each underscoring the truth of director Ingmar Bergman's observation that "no form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul."
This is a fantastic book for anyone who loves movies, and it's also a wonderful book for students of film and critism. I would recommend it to anyone and have!
Like the author, I was a movie kid. I'm a bit younger, and from a different country, but when I was a kid we had a local channel that offered "old" movies in the dead spot in the afternoon before the news and prime time. I can't remember what it was called now, but I started watching it regularly when I was quite young, around seven. I loved the musicals at that age, but as I grew, I also expanded, first into screw ball comedies and then into film noir and everything else. I loved it all.
That love of classic movies - and film in general - has continued through my life, so listening to this book was a delight on so many levels. The reviews of old favourites were a delight, as I nodded and laughed along with Turan's assessments. And I now have a healthy list of books and other great films to check out, too, thanks to Turan.
Todd McClaren was an excellent choice to narrate. He did a lovely job handing the voices - tricky to do when so many of the people quoted are familiar to so many people. For an audiobook, one doesn't want a Rich Little approach, and yet, the narrator has to attempt to catch the essence of the famous person's voice, and McClaren does a lovely job of doing just that.
Overall, a very satisfying listening experience, one I am sharing with my son and other movie enthusiasts, and a book I know I'll listen to again - in much the same way I revisit favourite movies.