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Dziga Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera (1929). courtesy: mubi.com
Most recently, I have been directing students to YouTube Movies-- a relatively new arm of the popular video-sharing website that has entered into the movies on demand market with an easy to use and subscription-free interface. For those in Canada, YouTube Movies also offers the added bonus of not blocking content the way other streaming providers such as Amazon.com and Hulu do. While surfing through the catalog last summer, I was delighted to find a number of film gems offered through their Classics Category. Taking a closer look, many of the movies are made available through VISO Cinema (part of the consumer arm of BroadBandTV) and OpenFlix (films in the public domain or released to the public domain).
Here is a shortlist of links to some of the best classic films streaming in their entirety for free on YouTube Movies. Best of all, they look as fantastic on my Playbook as they do on my large screen HDTV. With the Academy Awards approaching this Sunday, it is a great time to set up a DIY Film Festival and begin exploring the world of classic cinema.
D.W. Griffith's Intolerance (1917)
Robert Wiene's Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
Charlie Chaplin's The Kid (1921)
Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Dziga Vertov's The Man With A Movie Camera (1929)