Free: British Pathé Puts Over 85,000 Historical Films on YouTube

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British Pathé was one of the leading producers of newsreels and documentaries during the 20th Century. This week, the company, now an archive, is turning over its entire collection — over 85,000 historical films – to YouTube.


“The Periodic Table of Storytelling” Reveals the Elements of Telling a Good Story

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Dmitri Mendeleev might have designed the original periodic table – a graphic representation of all the basic building blocks of the universe – but artist James Harris has done something way cool with that template — the Periodic Table of Storytelling.
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Watch Film, Samuel Beckett’s Only Movie, Starring Buster Keaton

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Fresh off the international success of his play Waiting For Godot, Samuel Beckett made a film, called aptly enough Film. It came out in 1965 and proved to be the only motion picture the soon-to-be Nobel Prize winner would ever make. As you might expect, it is enigmatic, bleakly funny and very, very odd. You can check it out above.


Your Body During Adolescence: A Nakedly Unashamed Sex Ed Film from 1955

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A straight shooting sex ed film from 1955? That’s hard to imagine. In my experience, the films of that period tend to beat around the bush.
The reticence of those sharing its playing field makes Your Body During Adolescence all the more remarkable. It doesn’t seem so at first.


Johnny Depp Reads Hunter S. Thompson’s Famous “Wave Speech” from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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Hunter S. Thompson was a literary icon – a moralist, a gun nut, and the original gonzo journalist. He was the inventor of the true breakfast of champions and author of the most hilariously profane presidential obituary ever.


Richard Dawkins’ Documentary The God Delusion Tackles Faith & Religious Violence (2006)

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The very title of Richard Dawkins’ 2006 book The God Delusion was intended to provoke, and the Oxford evolutionary biologist has seemingly done nothing but, since taking his stand against religions of all kinds, particularly the big monotheisms that claim most of the world’s inhabitants.


Watch High Maintenance: A Critically-Acclaimed Web Series About Life & Cannabis

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Web series might have a reputation for being amateurish, but that’s not entirely fair. High Maintenance, created by husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, for instance, is a highly polished web series, featuring subtle characterizations, wry humor and some of the tightest writing this side of Louis C.K.’s series Louie.


Stanley Kubrick Narrates a Promo Reel for Dr. Strangelove: Features Unused Takes

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Yesterday we featured a trailer for Citizen Kane narrated by its director, a certain Orson Welles. Today we give you footage of another film that needs no introduction spoken over by another filmmaker who doesn’t need one, either: Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.


Watch Orson Welles’ Trailer for Citizen Kane: As Innovative as the Film Itself

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Over the years, the movie trailer has evolved from being a long baggy commercial for an upcoming feature to a visually striking mini-gem of filmmaking that sometimes overshadows the film it advertises. Pretty much every trailer from a movie by Zack Snyder, for instance, is exponentially better than the actual film.


Dizzy Gillespie Worries About Nuclear & Environmental Disaster in Vintage Animated Films

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Dizzy Gillespie was one of the best jazz trumpet players of all time. His virtuosic playing, along with his tricked out trumpet and his freakishly elastic cheeks, turned him into a musical icon of the 20th century.


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