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Plaza Theater [built 1930] in El Paso, Texas             brief note

books about classic movies

classic films pages

cinema masters pages

topical film festivals


“I foresee no possibility of venturing into themes showing a closer view of reality for a long time to come.
The public itself will not have it. What it wants is a gun and a girl.”  — D.W. Griffith [1875-1948]

“The cinema substitutes for our gaze a world more in harmony with our desires.”  — André Bazin

“Hey, I got an idea, let’s go to the movies. I wanna go to the movies, I want to take you all to the movies. Let’s go and experience the art of the cinema. Let’s begin with 'Scream of Fear', and [it is] going to haunt us for the rest of our lives. And then let’s go see 'The Great Escape', and spend our summer jumping our bikes, just like Steve McQueen over barb wire. And then let’s catch 'The Seven Samurai' for some reason on P.B.S., and we’ll feel like we speak Japanese because we can read the subtitles and hear the language at the same time. And then let’s lose sleep the night before we see '2001: A Space Odyssey' because we have this idea that it’s going to change forever the way we look at films. And then let’s go see it four times in one year. And let’s see 'Woodstock' three times in one year and let’s see 'Taxi Driver' twice in one week. And let’s see 'Close Encounters of The Third Kind' just so we can freeze there in mid-popcorn. And when the kids are old enough, let’s sit them together on the sofa and screen 'City Lights' and 'Stagecoach' and 'The Best Years of Our Lives' and 'On The Waterfront' and 'Midnight Cowboy' and 'Five Easy Pieces' and 'The Last Picture Show' and 'Raging Bull' and 'Schindler’s List' . . . so that they can understand how the human condition can be captured by this amalgam of light and sound and literature [that] we call the cinema.”  — actor-producer Tom Hanks

By mid-2015, the count of coded pages about classic films and classic film series on the Magic Lantern Video & Book Store website grew to over forty,
and yet there was no one page here that linked directly to all of them; so here is that page, with a section of links to Magic Lantern's
cinema masters & auteurs pages, and a section of links to all the Magic Lantern topical film festival pages.

Books  About  Classic  Films

Complete Idiot's Guide to Classic Movies book by Lee Pfeiffer  "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Classic Movies" [2006] by Lee Pfeiffer
Alpha Books 9x7¼ pb [11/2006] out of print/used
thumbnail critiques of over 350 movies from the Silent Era thru 1969, with indexes, appendices, quotes & other lists; movies covered range across "The Birth of A Nation" [1915], "Intolerance" [1916], "Greed" [1924], "The Maltese Falcon" [1941], "The African Queen" [1951], "The Seven Samurai"
, "The 400 Blows" [1959], "The Magnificent Seven" [1960], "2001: A Space Odyssey" [1968], "Easy Rider" [1969], and "The Wild Bunch" [1969]

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die book edited by Stephen Jay Schneider  "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die: 5th Anniversary Edition"
[orig 2004, rev 2013] Edited by Stephen Jay Schneider

Kindle Edition 5th edition etextbook from Barron's [12/2014] for $23.82
Barron's Educational Series 8¼x6½ hardcover [10/2013] for $25.07
Barron's Educational Series 5th Anniv Edition 8¼x6¾ hardcover [10/2008] out of print/80+ used
Cassell Illustrated 8½x6¼ pb [9/2004] out of print/many used
America's Film Legacy / Guide to the National Film Registry book by Daniel Eagan  
"America's Film Legacy: The Authoritative Guide To The Landmark Movies In The National Film Registry" [2009] by Daniel Eagan
Continuum Publng Group 9¾x7 pb [10/2009] for $17.96
Continuum Publng Group 10x7¼ hardcover [9/2009] for $97.06

Classic  Films  &  Film  Series

"A Christmas Story" 1983 Movie Page

"A Star Is Born" Movies Page

"The African Queen" 1951 Movie Page

"All The President's Men" 1976 Movie Page

"Apocalypse Now" 1979 Movie Page

"The Birth of A Nation" 1915 Silent Movie Page

"Blade Runner" 1982 Movie Page

Agent 007 James Bond Movie Series Page

"Casablanca" 1942 Movie Page

Charlie Chan Movie Series Pages

"Citizen Kane" 1941 Movie Page

"Doctor Who" TV Series Page

"Easy Rider" 1969 Movie Page

"Walt Disney's Fantasia" 1940 & 2000 Movies Page

"Fellini's 8½" 1963 Movie Page

"The General" 1926 Silent Movie Page

"Ghostbusters" Movies & TV Page

'The Godfather Saga' Page

von Stroheim's "Greed" 1924 Silent Movie Page

Hopalong Cassidy Page

'The Films of Akira Kurosawa & Toshirô Mifune' Page

'Little Rascals' / 'Our Gang Kids' Comedy Series Page

'Lone Wolf & Cub' Samurai Film Series Page

'Lord of The Rings' & 'The Hobbit' Movies Series Page

'The Marx Brothers' Comedy Series Page

"Metropolis" 1927 Silent Movie Page

"Pandora's Box" 1929 Silent Movie Page

'Pirates of The Caribbean' Movie Series Page

'Harry Potter' Movie Series Page

Godfrey Reggio's 'Qatsi' Trilogy Page

'Rocky' Movie Series Page

"Salt of The Earth" 1954 Movie Page

"Seven Samurai" & "Magnificent Seven" Movies Page

'Star Wars' Movie Series Page

"Sunset Blvd." 1950 Movie Page

'The Three Stooges' Comedy Series Page

Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" Movie Page

"The Wizard of Oz" 1939 Movie Page

Zatô-Ichi Samurai Film Series Page

BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's
"The Boxcar Children" Books & Movies Page
"The Maltese Falcon" Novel & Movies Page
'The Thin Man' Movies & Fiction Page

Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore's
"Atlas Shrugged" Novel and Movies Page

Magic Lantern Video & Book Store's
"Gone With The Wind" Novel & Movie Page
"The Grapes of Wrath" Novel & Movie Page
"Treasure Island" Books & Movies Page

Spirit of America Bookstore's
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" Novel & Movies Page
"Aesop's Fables" Stories, Books, Stageplays & Movies Page
"Alice In Wonderland" Books, Stageplays & Movies Page
"Animal Farm" Novel & Movies Page
"Ben-Hur" Novel & Movies Page
"Dune" Novels & Movies Page
"Game of Thrones" Novels & TV Page
"The Great Gatsby" Novel & Movies Page
"Ivanhoe" 1820 Novel & Movies Page
Kipling's "The Jungle Books" Stories & Movies Page
"The Last Tycoon" 1941/1993 Novel & Movies Page
"The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)" Novel & Movies Page
"Nineteen Eighty-Four" Novel & Movies Page
"Peter Pan" Books, Stageplays & Movies Page
"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" Books & Movies Page
'Tarzan' Movies & Fiction Pages
"To Kill A Mockingbird" Novel & Movie Page
'Tom Swift' Books Series Page
'Uncle Remus' Tales by Joel Chandler Harris Page
"Winnie The Pooh" Books & Movies Page

Cinema  Masters  &  Auteurs  Pages

Woody Allen

Robert Altman [1925-2006]

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle [1887-1933]

Ingmar Bergman [1918-2007] of Sweden

comedy writer-director-actor Mel Brooks

Luis Buñuel [1900-83]

Frank Capra [1897-1991]

Claude Chabrol [1930-2010] of France

Charlie Chaplin [1889-1977]

Joel & Ethan Coen

Francis Ford Coppola

Roger 'King of the Bs' Corman

George Cukor [1899-1983]

Michael Curtiz [1886-1962]

Cecil B. DeMille [1881-1959]

studio head Walt Disney [1901-66]

Edward Dmytryk [1908-99]

Clint Eastwood

Sergei M. Eisenstein [1898-1948]

Federico Fellini [1920-93] of Italy

John Ford [1894-1973]

Samuel Fuller [1912-97]

Jean-Luc Godard of France

D.W. Griffith [1875-1948]

studio head Alice Guy-Blaché [1873-1968]

silent movie cowboy star William S. Hart [1864-1946]

Howard Hawks [1896-1977]

Alfred Hitchcock [1899-1980]

John Huston [1906-87]

studio head Thomas H. Ince [1882-1924]

[blacklistee] Elia Kazan [1909-2003]

Buster Keaton [1895-1966]

Stanley Kubrick [1928-99] of England

Akira Kurosawa [1910-98] of Japan

Fritz Lang [1890-1976]

Jerry Lewis [1926-2017]

Max Linder [1883-1925] of France

Harold Lloyd [1893-1971]

Ernst Lubitsch [1892-1947]

George Lucas

Terrence Malick

Rouben Mamoulian [1897-1987]

cinema pioneer Georges Méliès [1861-1938] of France

Jean-Pierre Melville [1917-73] of France

'race movie' pioneer Oscar Micheaux [1884-1951]

Vincente Minnelli [1903-86]

animator Hayao Miyazaki of Japan

F.W. Murnau [1888-1931]

Yasujiro Ozu [1903-63] of Japan

Sam Peckinpah [1925-84]

Tyler Perry of Atlanta, Georgia

Satyajit Ray [1921-92] of India

Jean Renoir [1894-1979] of France

studio head Hal Roach [1892-1992]

Martin Scorsese of New York City

studio head Mack Sennett [1880-1960]

Oliver Stone

Preston Sturges [1898-1959]

Jacques Tati [1907-82] of France

François Truffaut [1932-84] of France

King Vidor [1894-1982]

Erich von Stroheim [1885-1957]

Raoul Walsh [1887-1980]

Orson Welles [1915-85]

Billy Wilder [1906-2002]

Zhang Yimou of China

Topical  Film  Festival  Pages

Afro-American Film Festival Pages

Atomic Film Festival at Spirit of America Bookstore

Auto-Racing Movies Film Festival

Ayn Rand Film Festival

Baseball Movies Film Festival

Beatnik Film Festival at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

'Biker Movies' Film Festival

Boxing Movies Film Festival

Circus Film Festival Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore

Magic Lantern's Classic Movies & Cinema Masters Film Festival   «« you are here

Cyber Film Festival

Culver City, California Film Festival

Economics Film Festival at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

Education Film Festival

Existentialist Film Festival at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

Films Noir Festival Pages at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore

Football Movies Film Festival

47 Rônin / Chüshingura Film Festival Pages

Gangster Film Festival

Hollywood Film Festival Pages

Horror, Monster & Fantasy Movies Page

Horse-Racing Movies Film Festival

Human Rights Film Festival

Kings & Queens / Royalty Film Festival

'Knights of Yore' Film Festival

Labor Movement Films Festival at Spirit of America Bookstore

Movie Musicals Film Festival Pages

Muscle-Head Film Festival

Native American Film Festival at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Bookstore

Oscar-Winning Western Movies Page at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Bookstore

Philosophy Film Festival at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

Pirate Film Festival

Political Film Festival Pages

Railroad Film Festival Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore

'Rat Race' Film Festival

Road Movies Film Festival

Rock Music Film Festival at Spirit of America Bookstore

Samurai Films Page

Science Fiction Film Festival  4/2016

'Shakespeare On Film' Festival Pages

Sherlock Holmes Film Festival Pages at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore

Sports Film Festival Pages

Teen & Surfing Movies Film Festival at Spirit of America Bookstore

War [& Anti-War] Film Festival Pages

Western Movies Film Festival Pages at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Bookstore

... and others on Magic Lantern's Online Film Festivals Index Page

L i n k s
American Movie Channel
Internet Archive
Internet Movie Database
Turner Movie Channel
YouTube's gazillion offerings

'Lists of Top Films' Books Section on the 'My Dozen Most-Favorite Films' Page

here on the Classic Movies & Cinema Masters Film Festival Page
at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

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