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Video, DVD Resources, and More
"History of Cinema in a Box" Resources

  • American Cinema: One Hundred Years of Filmmaking, PBS series, aired beginning in January 1995, produced by the New York Center for Visual History, and co-produced by KCET, Los Angeles, and the BBC in the United Kingdom, available as a 2 disc-DVD set, a 5-videotape set, and with a companion study guide by Ed Sikov; also American Cinema/American Culture accompanies the Annenberg-funded telecourse American Cinema; an excellent, British-made documentary covering the entire scope of American-Hollywood film from the silents through the 1990's; featuring clips from over 200 films and comments from Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg and others; covers such topics as "The Hollywood Style," "The Studio System," "Romantic Comedy," "The Film School Generation," and more.
  • AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (CBS Television Special), 1998. In addition, AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (Complete Edition), 1998, a 10-part retrospective in a 2-disc DVD set; also AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars (CBS Television Special), 2000.
  • A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies, 1995, a four-hour semi-documentary DVD about films from the silent era through the late 60's; also available as a companion book (hardback or paperback)
  • The Directors: The Essential DVD Collection, featuring interviews and the work of 22 eminent directors. Titles include Robert Altman, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Spike Lee, Barry Levinson, Sydney Pollack, Rob Reiner, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Milos Forman, Joel Schumacher, and more.
  • The Guess - Who What When & Where Picture Trivia Book: Movie Edition, conceived and created by David Cutler, GreyCore Press, 2004.
  • Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film, Complete Set of 13 videotapes (2001), from HBO, an excellent 13-hour documentary series covering Hollywood's silent film era
  • Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood, 1995, a companion DVD piece to the Hollywood series, a six-hour survey of Europe's silent era and cinema prior to World War II
  • Landmarks of Early Film (1886-1913) Volume 1, 1994, by Film Preservation Associates. Features a hand-colored copy of The Great Train Robbery (1903), and A Trip To The Moon (1902) by George Melies with its original narration restored; also Landmarks of Early Film, Volume 2: The Magic of Melies, 1994.
  • The Lumiere Brothers' First Films, 1996, with 85 of the silent 50-second actualities made by the Lumieres between 1895 and 1897
  • The Movies Begin - A Treasury of Early Cinema, 1894-1913, a 5-disc box set; the two most famous early silents - The Great Train Robbery (1903) and A Trip to the Moon (1902) - are also shown here
  • Treasures from American Film Archives, 2000, a 4-disc box set, including 50 preserved films from 18 American archives spanning the years 1893 to 1985
  • The Origins of Film, 3-disc box set, divided into six programs featuring a handful of landmark features along with collections of shorts
  • The Best of British Cinema: Five Decades of Classic British Films, 1988, five part documentary: "Private Lives," "The Gentle Touch," "World of Adventure," "The Romantics," or "A Class of Their Own"
  • Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography, 1993, traces the history and illuminates the art of cinematography
  • Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros., The History of the Warner Bros. Studio, 1991, directed, written and produced by Robert Guenette
  • MGM: When the Lion Roars, 1992, Turner Pictures, 3 part video, directed by Frank Martin
  • The Republic Pictures Story, 1991, video, Republic Pictures Home Video
  • 20th Century Fox, The First 50 Years, 2000, from Image Entertainment, also available on VHS; also Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years, 2002.
  • The Academy Award Winners - The First 50 Years, 10 video boxed set, 1994, Brentwood Home Video, produced and directed by Jeff Forrester
  • 30 Years of Academy Award Winners, 2000, a 3-disc DVD set, covering the Oscars from 1972-2002
  • Academy Award Winners, a poor-quality, 10-hour, 2 disc DVD set, with Oscar history, trivia, information, for the first 50 years
  • The Hidden Hollywood Series: Hidden Hollywood: Treasures From the 20th Century Fox Vaults, 1997, and Hidden Hollywood, Vol. 2: More Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Vaults, 1997
  • 100 Years at the Movies, by Chuck Workman, 1994, for the Academy Awards show
  • The First 100 Years of Cinema: A Celebration of American Movies, by Chuck Workman, 1996, premiered at San Jose Film Festival (Cinequest)
  • Film Critics' Top 100 Films of All Time: The Greatest Collection of Movie Trailers, 2004, 2-disc DVD set
  • 100 Years of Horror, 1996, with clips, trailers, interviews and lost footage from "Frankenstein" and "Dracula" to recent shockers, narrated by Christopher Lee

  • Extensive film collection
  • See 'Frequently Asked Questions' page of this site for help on hard-to-find video/film resources
  • Also see recommended Film Reference books


Film Periodicals, Articles

  • "The 20 Most Influential Science Fiction Films of All Time," Cinescape, January/February 1997 issue, pp. 20-33, published bi-monthly by MVP Entertainment, Inc.
  • "The 50 Greatest Directors and Their 100 Best Movies," Entertainment Weekly, April 19, 1996 issue, pp. 19-48, published weekly by Time, Inc., New York, NY
  • "The 100 Greatest Moments in Movies (1950-2000)" (subscribers only), Entertainment Weekly, September 1999 issue, Collector's Edition, published weekly by Time, Inc., New York, NY
  • Film Comment, selected issues, published bi-monthly by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York, NY
  • Films in Review, selected issues, published bi-monthly by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Inc., New York, NY
  • "The 100 Best Movies Ever Made," by Virginia Campbell and Edward Margulies, Movieline Magazine, December, 1995 issue, pp. 52-59, 95.
  • "Vintage Video: A Hot 100 From Out of the Past," by Mick LaSalle, and "Vintage Video: A Hot 100 From Out of the Past," by Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle (Datebook), October 5-11, 1997, pp. 35-37.
  • "List-O-Mania Or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love American Movies," by Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader's On Film, June 26, 1998, also titled Jonathan Rosenbaum's Alternative 100 Top Films/Movies
  • "Roles of a Lifetime: 101 Stars and the Films that Best Define Their Screen Personas," by Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle (Datebook), March 1, 1998, pp. 48-50.
  • "Video Literacy: What Every Plugged-In Person Needs to See," from San Jose Mercury News, by D. Scott Apel, January 26, 1990, Section E (Weekend), pp. 1, 15.
  • 360 Film Classics, booklet in June 1998 issue of Sight and Sound Magazine, from the National Film and Television Archive
  • "The 50 Best Videos to Watch Over and Over Again," TV Guide, by Leonard Maltin, June 15, 1991, pp. 2-8.
  • "The 50 Greatest Movies on TV and Video," TV Guide, August 8-14, 1998 issue.
  • "Arguably the Best Films," by Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post, August 20, 1990, Section B, p. 2.
  • Additional periodicals, articles highlighted in the Greatest Lists section of the website


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