Giving Voice to Silent Film

Filmmaker and film historian Kevin Brownlow has spent over forty years working tirelessly to preserve and document the age of silent cinema.  In the 1960's he began to interview hundreds of people associated with the era. From actors and directors to stuntmen and technicians, he realized that a whole generation of knowledgeable artists was beginning to pass into history, taking their stories with them. His efforts resulted in the 1968 publication of The Parade's Gone By... and it remains, even today, perhaps the most important book ever written about the period. The book is filled with rare photographs which include portraits, production stills,…continue reading →

All About Oscar

80 Years of Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards is Robert Osborne's latest update to a series of histories he began when the Academy celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1978. Osborne, a columnist for The Hollywood Reporter and long time host of the Turner Classic Movies network, is also the official historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His genial manner and non-confrontational style make him the perfect choice for this detailed account of the Academy's long history. Readers will find it an excellent reference. It begins with…continue reading →

Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-code Hollywood

Mark Vieira's book Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood, published in 1999, offers a fascinating window into a Hollywood era that many people know little about.  It focuses on films made between 1929 and 1934 when studio filmmakers often ignored what became known as the Hays Code. This was basically an attempt by the major studios to head off government censorship by establishing their own code of conduct and enforcement body. In that sense, the term pre-code is a bit of a misnomer , as the code was in place by 1930, but not actively enforced until the summer of 1934. Before rigid…continue reading →

The Morlocks Are Out At TCM

One of the best film blogs on the web is MovieMorlocks.com, the official blog for Turner Classic Movies. The term Morlocks refers to the subterranean creatures first introduced by H. G. Wells in his novel The Time Machine and later brought to life on the screen by the film. The site features an eclectic mix of these "morlocks;" regular writers who cover a wide variety of film related topics. Each brings their own personality, interest and expertise to their articles and all share a passion for film that comes through in their writing. Some entries can be lighthearted, such as this…continue reading →

Turner Classic Movies: The Website

Since it's inception in 1995 Turner Classic Movies, or TCM for short, has carved a unique niche in cable television.  TCM routinely shows classic films, forgotten gems and low budget programmers from the Golden Age of Hollywood. These are all films that are rarely, if ever shown on any other channel.  TCM's official website offers a variety of film related information and activities for any film buff. TCM has a searchable database containing over 150,000 titles. Enter the name of a film and get a list of screen credits, a plot synopsis and an upcoming schedule for the…continue reading →