Binge watch Hol­ly­wood clas­sics on movie hub

The Irish Times - - Technology -

Net­flix ain’t the only show in town. There are other places to find films and doc­u­men­taries if you know where to look. One such hub is PublicDo­

As the name sug­gests, it links to movies now in the public do­main in­clud­ing black and white clas­sics such as Night of the Liv­ing Dead, Bat­tle­ship Potemkin, His Girl Fri­day, and The Stranger star­ring Or­son Welles.

This is a treasure trove for fans of Hol­ly­wood past with fea­ture films star­ring Frank Sina­tra, Gin­ger Rogers and even silent film stars like Bela Lu­gosi and Mary Pick­ford. For those more in­clined to guf­faw at vin­tage comedy there is a large col­lec­tion of Char­lie Chap­lin shorts and material from Lau­rel and Hardy and the Three Stooges.

I even came across that oft-par­o­died clas­sic Reefer Mad­ness where Amer­i­can youths from the 1950s are warned about the dan­gers of “mar­i­huana”. As the film opens, we are told: “space ex­pands, time slows down, al­most stands still,” which sounds cool but a few drags from a spliff and ap­par­ently it all “end[s] in in­cur­able in­san­ity”.


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