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The Marx Brothers’ Lost Film: Getting to the Bottom of a Mystery

The Marx Brothers quickly rose to become the undisputed kings of vaudeville and Broadway They went on to craft an equally successful, almost perfectly formed body of madcap movies Influence

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The Making of Stan Laurel: Echoes of a British Boyhood

The Making of Stan Laurel: Echoes of a British Boyhood author Danny Lawrence reminds us of Stan’s contribution to film comedy and lasting influence on this, the 50th anniversary of

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Beware of Pirates! How to Avoid Bootleg Blu-rays and DVDs

Overview, the Public Domain and Spotting Fakes Avast, me hearties! There be pirates and bootleggers on the horizon Robbing honest traders for years but it’s time to make them walk

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Multiple-Language Version Film Collectors’ Guide, Part 2

1931–1932 Films Get your teeth into multiple-language version films on Blu-ray and DVD! Feast your eyes on this rundown of the best MLVs of the early sound era Continuing this series

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Multiple-Language Version Film Collectors’ Guide

1930 Films Q: What do the following have in common? Laurel and Hardy, Greta Garbo, Buster Keaton, Marlene Dietrich, Alfred Hitchcock, John Wayne, Dracula and Fritz Lang. A: They all

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The Multiple-Language Version Film: A Curious Moment in Cinema History

A short-lived product of the transition from silents to talkies It led to a host of cinematic conundrums and consequences Some films were completed in up to a dozen different versions

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Major Exhibition Casts New Light on the Lumières

2015 is the 120th anniversary of the Cinématographe – the beginning of the cinema as we know it To mark the occasion, a new Paris exhibition celebrates its inventors, the

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London’s Hollywood: The Gainsborough Film Studio’s Silent Years

Film historian Gary Chapman delivers definitive study of seminal British film studio’s illustrious beginnings Originally called the Islington studio, it’s a fascinating glimpse of its history and magnificent silent-era output Featuring a cast of

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Charlie Chaplin Collectors’ Guide, Part 3

Early Reissues As the Little Tramp’s popularity grew, so did the scale and complexity of his films They became longer and more sophisticated as he moved to bigger studios Each time Chaplin moved on,

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Charlie Chaplin Collectors’ Guide, Part 2

The Bad, the Ugly and the Good Continuing this unique roadmap to Chaplin’s vast back catalogue We’ve covered the what it is; now for the how and why it is There’s a huge disparity