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501 Movie Stars: A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Screen Actors

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Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Meryl Streep, James Dean, Anna Magnani, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Cary Grant, Marcello Mastroianni, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Angelina Jolie, and hundreds more larger-than-life film stars have captured the collective imagination of millions of movie fans around the world. Now, 501 Movie Stars pays homage to these pop culture idols ...more
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by B.E.S. Publishing (first published October 1st 2007)
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Paul Bryant
Dec 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
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This is a real pointless stupid book and in case you're thinking well how come you bought it if you're so smart Mr Smart Reviewer well I bought it for my dear mother because she likes this kind of crap but after a couple of years I inherited it and here it is. It's gotta go to Oxfam.

This book includes people who are only kind of stars if you squint your eyes and tilt your head to the left. God bless Kathy Bates and all who sail in her but she's not a star, and Joe Dallesandro may have been huge
James Carter
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
501 Movie Stars feels like it was put together by fawning IMDb fanboys who don't know very much about movies.

I am going to limit my observations to the year of 2000 and focus on all movies made prior to that because everything made after 2000 is mostly trash and doesn't resemble cinema in any shape, manner, or form.

The biggest trouble with the book is how a "movie star" is defined. When I think of a movie star, I think of actors who sell movies. The rest are just supporting/working/character act
Anton Klink
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
A good refresher for the movie buff and a nice overview of some of the greatest movie actors of the past 100 years, but some of the omissions are quite glaring and some inclusions more than questionable. I realize that this will always be the case with such compilatuions (top 100 this, best 500 that etc), but I really think the authors could have done an even better job.
Jeff Johnson
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Boy what a ride this book was ! A virtual who's who of great actors that takes you through a varied and exciting ride through the history of Cinema. From Silent pioneers like Charlie Chaplin, Theda Bara, Mary Pickford & Douglas Fairbanks to greats of Golden Hollywood like Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Bette Davis & Greta Garbo to 50s icons like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando & James Dean to countercultural greats like Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Julie Christie & Dennis Hopper to curr ...more
Dec 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Short but sweet summaries about actors lives, starts with years of birth and works up. Not a deep read, but fun for any one who doesn't know to much about hollywood and the stars of past and present glory ...more
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I stay in USA for lean about English. My host family, she knew I like Johnny Depp. She try to make motivation for me.She borrow some book about Johnny Depp for I prove my English. And I like this book, like Johnny Depp.Ha ha
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Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer with M.A. degrees in Philosophy from Harvard University and in Cinema Studies from New York University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on world cinema, most notably in the horror genre. They include Eurohorror, The Cinema of Wes Craven: An Auteur on Elm Street, Designing Fear: An Aesthetics of Cinematic Horror, Killing in ...more

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