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New Year, New Discoveries

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 3, 2014 9:43 AM
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For a dyed-in-the-wool film buff, getting a chance to see movies that haven’t been in circulation for decades is always enticing. Beginning tonight, UCLA Film & Television Archive is presenting a series called Columbia in the 1930s: Recent Restorations.

A Hidden Gem Emerges On DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 29, 2013 5:17 PM
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As I wrote some months ago, 20th Century Fox is digging into its vaults to release a cornucopia of titles from the 1930s through the 1960s on made-to-order DVDs.

Capra-Corn in Austin, Texas

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 28, 2013 3:15 AM
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I just returned from Austin, Texas, where I had the pleasure of presenting Frank Capra’s "Lady for a Day" (1933) to an enthusiastic audience at the historic Paramount Theatre, as part of its annual Summer Film Classics series.

Movie-Buff Heaven: The TCM Classic Film Festival

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 29, 2013 10:39 PM
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Another edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival has wrapped in Hollywood, and I had a great time hosting a variety of events, as a backup to the channel’s stalwarts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, and meeting a vast number of dedicated movie fans from all parts of the country.

SEEING DOUBLE: RARE FILMS IN ALTERNATE VERSIONS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 18, 2013 1:00 AM
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UCLA Film and Television Archive is giving film buffs in Los Angeles an unprecedented opportunity to view six pictures from the transitional period from silence to sound in dual versions, back to back.

Movie Songs That Remain Unsung

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • June 11, 2012 2:00 AM
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Remember that romantic title song from 'A Place in the Sun'? You know, the one featuring a beaming Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift on the sheet music cover? Never mind that the story is a tragedy and the two stars seldom work up a grin, let alone a smile, in actual film. The idea was to promote the picture by stirring up interest, and possibly getting radio airplay, for the song.

More Cinefest Adventures…

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 21, 2012 8:31 PM
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Cinefest is a feast of rare silent and early-talkie pictures, with three rotating pianists (all of them gifted) providing accompaniment. If the only surviving print of a film is incomplete, like the appealing Clara Bow-Buddy Rogers romantic comedy Get Your Man (1927), directed by Dorothy Arzner, we’re happy to see what remains. If the only way to watch an early silent feature from theatrical producers Klaw and Erlanger is in a 16mm version copied from a paper print (originally deposited at the Library of Congress for copyright purposes), we’re curious. That particular film, Classmates (1914), turned out to be an interesting one, too, featuring Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall, Marshall Neilan, and Lionel Barrymore.

Buried Treasure Unearthed at Cinefest—Part One

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 20, 2012 7:23 PM
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The weather was unseasonably warm, but it scarcely mattered to the hundreds of diehard film buffs who gathered just outside Syracuse, New York last weekend for the 38th annual Cinefest. Inside the Holiday Inn in Liverpool there were rare short subjects and features, including two “re-premieres” of movies unseen in their original form since 1929 and 1930, 'His Captive Woman' and 'Mamba'.

A New Home For Old Movies

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 1, 2011 8:33 PM
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At a recent Hollywood screening a film buff I’ve known for many years asked why he couldn’t find some vintage titles in my newest annual Movie Guide. I asked if he’d looked in our companion volume, 'Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide', and he told me he didn’t know there was such a thing. Arrghhh!, as Charlie Brown used to say...

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  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • July 1, 2011 9:50 AM
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