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Classic Film

Classic Film

Classic Film

Classic Film is a new special dedicated to celebrating the rich history of cinema. This retro-flavoured special dedicates 148 pages to some of the most iconic moveis ever made and the people who made and starred in them, from the early days right through to the 2010s. Featuring Blade Runner, Jaws, Al Pacino, Marilyn Monroe and much more besides!

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min
welcome to classic film

Our monthly magazine Total Film is dedicated to cinema’s past, present and future - often with an emphasis on the latter. So, for this special issue, we decided to turn the clocks back and take a look at how we got here. Classic Film is entirely dedicated to vintage and retro cinema, starting in the dying days of the 19th century and taking you on a journey through to the 2010s - we figured anything after wasn’t retro enough! Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest and best movie stars, features on some of the greatest films ever made and a decade-bydecade guide to cinema as a whole, combining new pieces and the best of the Total Film archives. Where else will you find in-depth interviews with the likes…

12 min
early cinema

The year 1895, it’s generally agreed, is when it all started, with the Lumière brothers’ Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory shown to a paying public on 28 December of that year. So – the debut of filmed documentary. But within a few months Georges Méliès, a stage conjuror by profession, was luring customers into Le Manoir Du Diable, with Méliès himself playing Satan – mischievous poetry to the Lumières’ sober prose. Fact and fiction: already cinema was launched on its double trajectory. Initially, films were no more than a few minutes long, and tucked in among other attractions – plays, dancing, acrobats, whatever – in theatres and music halls. But gradually, as the public appetite for the “moving pictures” spread and intensified, dedicated movie houses sprang up and the length of…

10 min

In the UK, the 1950s were a period of political conservatism and economic prosperity, with living standards soaring, unemployment averaging just 2 per cent, and leisure activities becoming more accessible. Likewise, in America, the era is associated with middle-class values, conformity and post-war affluence. The cinema of such an age, you might think, would be bland and safe, or at least big, colourful entertainments designed to sell comfort and contentment. And to a degree you’d be right: the ’50s boomed with vivid epics shot in Cinemascope, VistaVision and Cinerama like The Robe, The 10 Commandments and Ben-Hur; with lavish, exuberant musicals such as An American In Paris, Oklahoma! and The King And I; with Disney’s return to feature-length animation (Cinderella, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty) and foray into liveaction adventures (Treasure Island,…

5 min
marilyn monroe

WHAT GOOD IS IT BEING WHY CAN’T I JUST BE AN ORDINARY WOMAN? “EVERYONE’S A STAR AND DESERVES THE RIGHT TO TWINKLE”“THERE WAS MY NAME UP IN LIGHTS. I SAID, “GOD, SOMEBODY’S MADE A MISTAKE.” BUT THERE IT WAS. AND I SAT THERE AND SAID, “REMEMBER, YOU’RE NOT A STAR.” YET THERE IT WAS UP IN LIGHTS” Marilyn Monroe would have turned 91 this June. Even now, 55 years after the blonde bombshell’s tragic death, we’re still smitten. And none more than Hollywood. A trio of films about the starlet once known as Norma Jeane are currently in development – documentary Marilyn Monroe: Murder On Fifth Helena Drive, Andrew Dominik’s dark drama Blonde and book adap The Life And Opinions Of Maf The Dog, And Of His Friend, Marilyn Monroe. There’s also…

9 min

Let’s face it, the ’60s weren’t Hollywood’s finest decade. The power of the old behemoth studios like MGM was much diminished, but they were still hanging on, nervously looking over their shoulders as TV leached away their audiences and alarming new trends from overseas threatened their long-held values. Ageing execs, convinced that “bigger was better”, hurled massive budgets at the screen, usually with disastrous results. Cleopatra (1963), which all but sank 20th Century Fox, is the most famous of these monstrosities, of course, but overblown comedies like It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) and leaden musical blockbusters like Doctor Doolittle (1967) and Star! (1968) tanked nearly as woefully. For much of the decade, too, old-fashioned prudery still prevailed, while looking increasingly ridiculous. The hold of the Hays Code, and…

12 min
psy cho kil ler

Movie murder wasn’t invented in 1960, but it was definitely perfected. It was the year when two Englishmen – one in Hollywood, the other at Pinewood – unleashed a frenzied attack on cinemagoers, censors and actresses. The first was Alfred Hitchcock, the rotund Master Of Suspense who shocked audiences into submission with his fiendishly sadistic Psycho. The second was Michael Powell, the critically-acclaimed director whose sordid, controversial Peeping Tom allegedly dragged British cinema into the gutter. Psycho was a manipulative, masterful shocker, sinisterly styled and shot through with jet-black humour. Peeping Tom was a cerebral meditation on cinema and violence that lured in the dirty mac brigade with its top-shelf, X-rated title. Both films terrified. Both films titillated. And both films would become defining examples of the modern horror movie… Pulp Fictions Alfred…