Friday, May 23, 2014

Two of The Best Classic Film Magazine's Around

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For those of you who are classic film cinephiles, here are two thoroughly fantastic classic film magazines that can have you swooning over the likes of Joan Fontaine, Ralph Bellamy, Deanna Durbin, and others for hours on end.

Films of the Golden Age comes out quarterly and filled to the rim with interviews, reviews, inside stories, and spotlights on actors just to name a few. The cover is in color but the pages inside are black and white and I find that fitting since most of the films are indeed in black and white. The magazine is beautifully compiled and also includes information on classic film events as well as sources for finding hard to find and rare classic films on dvd.

Films of the Golden Age is actually TCM's Robert Osborne's favorite magazine. Coming from an gifted classic film historian such as himself, I think it speaks volumes on how good the magazine is. I find the service when I subscribed to be lovely and I actually spoke to someone on the phone which these days is a rarity.

I feel as though this particular magazine is the go-to guide for learning more about classic film and also a place where a classic film cinephile can go to and relish in the wonders of Old Hollywood.

Films of the Golden Age
Classic Film Magazine
Deanna Durbin
Classic Films
Classic Images
Joan Fontaine
Classic Film

The second magazine is almost like a newspaper that measures about 12 x 12 and again, filled with outstanding articles and pictorials of classic film stars. Classic Images is a monthly newspaper that Films of the Golden Age grew from so to speak. Many leading film historian's published their first articles including Leonard Maltin. It was founded in 1962 and the neat thing is that all of their issues have been preserved on microfilm so anyone can look them up and study them.

The latest issue spotlighted Joan Fontaine and I was dazzled seeing all of the photos from her film career. It's so nice to be able to flip through pages and pages of classic films photos and information.

I almost feel like a wide eyed child going through the pages of both of these publications because I am learning at every turn and in awe of everything I see. If you love classic film, I suggest you give these two publications a try and see if you aren't in classic film heaven after you receive your copy!


4 comments:

  1. Holy cow, I am definitely going to have to check these out! (Like I need anything else to add to my already monumental reading list. :P) Thank you for recommending these!

    Cheers,
    Jenny

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  2. Oh I just wanted to thank you so much for this post! I had been introduced to this magazine last month but completely forgot to look into it! The Images magazine is horrendously expensive outside of the USA but I'm definitely giving it a go based on these pictures and review :)

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  3. I am constantly being amazed by what is out there! Goodness this looks cool thank you for sharing.

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  4. Oh, would I love this! You know, Deanna Durbin is often overlooked and I'm not sure why. She had looks, acting skills, and her singing talent far surpassed even the angelic voice of Judy Garland. I'm glad that this magazine hasn't forgotten about her! ;)

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