The Essentials

52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter
by Jeremy Arnold, Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies

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Showcasing 52 Essential films from the silent era through the 1980s, Turner Classic Movies invites you into a world filled with stirring performances, dazzling musical numbers, and bold directorial visions that mark the greatest moments in film history.

Since its inception on Turner Classic Movies in 2001, The Essentials has become...
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Published By Running Press Adult

Format Paperback


Number Of Pages 288

Publication Date 05/03/2016

ISBN 9780762459469

Dimensions 7.5 inches x 9.25 inches

"[An] excellent book. Author Arnold distills why each movie is a must-see, and augments his knowledgeable text with sidebar quotes from various TCM hosts... Handsomely designed and packed with great photos, The Essentials would be a perfect gift for a young person who's just dipping his or her toe into these waters…but I found it equally appealing."
—Leonard Maltin,

"An entertaining read... Beautifully-designed and illustrated... Author Jeremy Arnold does a superb job presenting the reasons why a particular film matters."
—Raymond Benson, Cinema Retro