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."
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"Todd McLaren's narration doesn't add much to LOS ANGELES TIMES film critic Kenneth Turan's discussion of his favorite movies. Ranging from familiar titles such as THE GODFATHER and CITIZEN KANE to more obscure works such as THE DYBBUK and LEOLO, this series of rather academic commentaries places the assessment of each film within the context of the filmmaker's intent. McLaren's documentary-style delivery is steady, even, and workmanlike, but a number of mispronunciations of film titles and foreign phrases weaken the listening experience. Clearly, production values and quality control should have been higher in this disappointing effort. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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