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New book! 50 movies to start your discovery of Old Hollywood

If you liked ‘Barbie,’ then try these Old Hollywood classic movies

The Margot Robbie-Ryan Gosling “Barbie” won over audiences at the box office with its fashionable icon’s journey from Barbieland to the human world – and from existential crisis to enlightenment. If you can’t get enough of absurdist comedy, identity crises, colorful scene design or stylish wardrobes, consider a few classic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood that scratch some of the same itches of 2023’s summer all-star “Barbie.” What else would you suggest? Share with @ReelOldMovies on Instagram ‘The Red Shoes’ (1948) Critics and audiences have lauded “Barbie” for its set design and innovative color palette. “The Red Shoes” is the height of a color-saturated screen experience . The plot also echoes some of the same themes of “Barbie.” A ballerina faces a world in which she is forced to choose between her passion for her art and her love for a composer. The 1948 drama has been celebrated since its release for its use of Technicolor, with director Martin Scorsese calling it one of th

Deals for classic movie fans on Amazon Prime Day

In between kitchen gadgets and electronic devices, a few deals lurk for classic movie fans during Amazon’s Prime Day sale July 11-12, 2023.  Here’s a quick round-up of DVDs, books and more that are on deep discount if you need to round out your collection! [Note: Post will be updated throughout the day] 'Godfather' trilogy $29.99 (38% discount) The 50th anniversary box set of all three movies Audrey Hepburn DVD collection $13.99 (39% discount) Movies in the box set include all the favorites: "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Funny Face," "My Fair Lady," "Roman Holiday," "Sabrina," "Paris When It Sizzles," and "War and Peace." Abbott & Costello: Universal Pictures Collection $34.99 (65% discount) All 28 films produced during the height of their popularity at Universal Pictures are here in one DVD collection John Wayne's Western DVDs $25.99 (32% discount) Fourteen of John Wayne's Western classics are i

On this date: Birthdays for Theda Bara, William Powell, Clara Bow; 'White Zombie' premieres

On this date in Hollywood history -- July edition: "White Zombie," "Easy Rider" and film noir classic "Double Indemnity" premiere, Alan Arkin dies, birthdays for Theda Bara, William Powell, Clara Bow, "Phantom of the Opera" star Mary Philbin, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara Stanwyck, James Cagney, Ginger Rogers and John Gilbert, and more ...  Discover what happened on days throughout July in Hollywood history, from historic film premieres and industry milestones to anniversaries of birthdays/deaths of beloved Old Hollywood figures, and more. ( And explore previous months ) This story will be updated throughout the month July 29 Theda Bara (born July 29, 1885, died April 7, 1955) was one of the most popular actresses of the silent movie era and known for her femme fatale roles. She isn’t as well known to mass modern audiences in part because so many of her films have been lost to history.  One that survives: 1925’s “The Unchastened W