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Author: Kenneth Turan Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781494574659
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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." Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • [Not to Be Missed] will surely ignite debate, disdain and delight. Kirkus
  • “A collection full of surprises and Turan’s great insight, Not to Be Missed is a treasure chest—essential reading for anyone who loves movies.”

    Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin

  • “The book’s real value…may lie in the oddities that Turan has unearthed over a lifetime of viewing: connections between films and cultures that showcase influences and enhance reputations.”

    Washington Post

  • “We would be hard pressed to disagree with Turan’s premise about what makes for a favorite movie, or to write more eloquently about the things we love.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Kenneth Turan…presents an enticing blend of Hollywood controversies, historical context, and crisp analysis in Not to Be Missed…Cinephiles will find plenty to devour and to debate.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A look at Turan’s personal favorites, which range from the easily recognizable (The Godfather, All about Eve, Casablanca, Unforgiven, Vertigo) to the for-­devoted-film-fans-only (The Dybbuk, Seven Men from Now, The Best of Youth). His comments about the movies are always insightful…Richly deserving of shelf space alongside Ebert’s The Great Movies, Pauline Kael’s For Keeps, and Turan’s own Never Coming to a Theater Near You."


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About the Author

Kenneth Turan is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR’s Morning Edition, as well as a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, he is coauthor of Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke. He lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Todd McLaren, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?