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Classic Movies in Public Domain
Dreaming backwards to those old Classic Movies of yesteryear? Well, I'm happy to say that there are a ton of movies made before 1964 (for most of us boomers, those were our teen years-- classics like "Beach Blanket Bingo" and all those gorgeous Audrey Hepburn flicks and Hayley Mills and Gidget and Gigi and "South Pacific" and Elvis and on and on (*sigh*)that have likely all "fallen into" the Public Domain now). That means that we can watch them on our laptops and various other devices in bed... sort of like the old drive-in movie experience, but closer up. With no awkward girl-boy stuff. Free. Streaming. You don't have to sign up with any of those rip-off online sites that promise more than they deliver... or who deliver a pile of viruses in lieu of your classic movies.
So I Can Watch Any Classic Movie Made Before 1964?
Well, unfortunately, not necessarily. Films have slightly more complex rights than other media (such as books, paintings, etc.) Films, the category in which classic films belong, are actually a "package" of copyrights made up of cinematography, drama, literature, art, musical score, and even something as esoteric as 'trademark'. So, while the book that the film was based on might have 'fallen into' public domain, perhaps there are copyrights made later than 1964 on the screenplay or some music that was inserted at the last minute in the production. And, of course, there is the inevitable adversarial legal system with its hand in the matter-- disagreeing legal counsel is not obliged to do as the public would wish them to.
So where do I go to watch Full-length Classic Movies?
There are no exhaustive lists of actual available movies at this time, but there are a number of 'lists' of possibly available movies on sites online, some more reliable than others. Some of these sites -- maybe most-- are looking to harvest your contact information for the privilege of downloading the movie from what looks like a park on their site... when the movie is likely stored on another site altogether. Researcher-reviewer Wendy Boswell from about.com lists the following as her picks for the Top Five websites to download full-length classic movies. While I really appreciate this review, I am disappointed that because of certain governmental laws and regulations, many of the sites on the top end of the review (like HULU) can only be streamed into the United States. There will be challenges to finding the movie-offering sites with the full-length classic movies you want to view, but you WILL find many so just hang in there! (Get your grandchild or a neighbor child to help you if need be). There are lots of Zombie movies, of course. If that was a genre you enjoyed as a teenager, you might want to revisit them.
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Classic Movie Links
- Audrey Hepburn, online free movies and interviews
For all you Audrey Hepburn diehard fans out there-- and interestingly, some of you were probably not born before the death of Audrey Hepburn! She is a classic.
- 8 Great Cary Grant Movies - Best Cary Grant Movies List
Suave, funny, romantic - Cary Grant's movies show his talents as the leading man to end all leading men. Just about everything he made is worth watching - here's a list of beloved Cary Grant films.
- Feature Films : Free Movies : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Feature films, shorts, silent films and trailers are available for viewing and downloading. Enjoy! View a list of all the Feature Films sorted by popularity. Do you want to post a feature film? First, figure out if it's in the Public Domain. Read thi