New York Times Essential Library: Children's Movies

A Critic's Guide to the Best Films Available on Video and DVD

Peter M. Nichols

Times Books

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An indispensable guide for parents from a leading expert on children's film

For years Peter M. Nichols has been offering vital advice and information for parents about current movies in his regular "Taking the Children" column. But parents need the same kind of guidance when renting or buying videos and DVDs for their family. They may know that movies such as Toy Story and Chicken Run are good choices for their children, but Nichols helps parents go beyond the obvious choices to more unconventional movies like The African Queen and Some Like It Hot. From the classics of animation to a host of great comedies and dramas, Nichols provides a knowing and illuminating guide to one hundred great cinematic works.

Each brief original essay not only explains why the children will enjoy the film but also allows Nichols to offer timely bits of film history and to discuss certain films in a larger cultural context. Nichols's knowledge and understanding of films is broad and deep, and many of his choices-especially of films that we might not have thought of as "children's films"-will surprise and delight readers.

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New York Times Essential Library: Children's Movies
1. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEINBud Abbott, Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Glenn Strange, Lenore Aubert, Jane RandolphDIRECTED BY CHARLES T. BARTON 1948. 83 minutes. Black and white. No rating 
 
That title needs a little expanding upon. Chick (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur (Lou Costello) meet Frankenstein all right (more accurately, Frankenstein's monster), but their main challenge is Dracula, played to the hilt by that Dracula of movie Draculas, Bela Lugosi. Wolfman, portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr.

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Peter M. Nichols

Peter M. Nichols has written about film and video for The New York Times since 1988, and for the column "Taking the Children" since 1994. He has also written and edited articles on the subject for numerous publications. He lives in New York.

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New York Times Essential Library: Children's Movies
A Critic's Guide to the Best Films Available on Video and DVD
Peter M. Nichols

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
November 2003
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ISBN: 9780805071986
ISBN10: 0805071989
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages, 17 photos
$16.00

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Times Books
November 2003
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ISBN: 9781429934732
ISBN10: 1429934735
352 pages, Includes seventeen photographs
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