American Classics

American Classics

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American Classics
  • 100% Service

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this classic short starring George Burns and Gracie Allen.

  • A Bundle of Blues

    Duke presents Ivie Anderson (1904-1949) in the first of her two film appearances: many believe her to be his best featured vocalist and was with the Ellington Orchestra between 1931 and 1942. Musical numbers: "Lightnin," "Rockin' in Rhythm," "Stormy Weather" (vocal by Ivie Anderson), "Bugle Call ...

  • A Scandal in Paris

    "If you talk of art, I consider A SCANDAL IN PARIS my best picture." - Douglas Sirk

    Newly Restored! A Douglas Sirk classic. From the memoirs of François Eugène Vidocq, the elegant thief turned chief of police of all Paris, comes this rediscovered classic of melodrama and romance. George Sanders...

  • The Antique Shop

    George Burns, wanting to buy a statue, encounters an obnoxious sales clerk. Once the man is thrown out, George thinks he's okay, but the proprietor introduces him to Gracie Allen and their conversation together only remotely resembles human communication!

  • Artie Shaw's Class in Swing

    A band short of one of the most popular swing orchestras of the 1930's. After a brief introduction of Shaw's theme song, "Nightmare," the band plays "Free Wheeling" as it is assembled. Helen Forest sings "I Have Eyes"and the band jams with "Shoot the Likker to Me, John Boy."

  • Babbling Book

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this classic comedy short starring George Burns and Gracie Allen

  • Battling Butler

    Based on a Broadway play, the story revolves around a case of mistaken identity between two Alfred Butlers - on an effete millionaire (Keaton), the other the heavyweight champion of the world (Francis McDonald). Coincidence brings them to the same backwoods Kentucky neighborhood, where Butler-the...

  • Between the Lines

    "An appealing comedy about growing up after you've already grown up." - The New York Times

    Newly Restored! From director Joan Micklin Silver (HESTER STREET) and featuring an all-star cast at the beginning of their careers. At the offices of a Boston alternative newspaper, the staff members enjo...

  • Black and Tan

    Duke Ellington’s first filmed appearance. Trumpet player Arthur Whetsol and dancer Fredi Washington play Duke’s friends who help him save his piano from bill collectors. A glittering Harlem nightclub show is an authentic treat from the 1920’s. The Ellington Orchestra plays: “The Duke Steps Out,” ...

  • Cab Calloway's Hi-De-Ho

    Cab Calloway stars as a ladies’ man dating the wife of a train porter who is frequently absent from home. In addition to this tongue-in-cheek plot, Cab Calloway and His Orchestra perform “Harlem Camp Meeting,” and Calloway has two vocals, “Zaz-zuh-zaz” and “The Lady with the Fan.”

  • Crime Control

    Normal folk need never fear inanimate objects. Simply hide your real intentions from them, and this will prevent them from getting the upper hand regardless of the circumstances.

  • Daughters of the Dust

    "Dash emerges as a strikingly original filmmaker." - The New York Times

    "A gorgeously impressionistic history of the Gullah people." - The Washington Post

    At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina struggle to ma...

  • David Holzman's Diary

    This landmark 1967 faux-documentary finds recently dumped David Holzman unloading comic-neurotic monologues straight to the camera. Filmed like cinema verite, it’s a well-disguised fiction about the deceptions of cinematic illusionism and the lies we tell ourselves in order to live.

  • Dementia

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this lost classic. Using only sound effects and an eerie score to plumb the mind of a psychopathic killer, experimental filmmaker John Parker foreshadows Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965). A young woman wanders the streets in a nightmare through a landscape of mut...

  • The Fatal Glass of Beer

    W.C. Fields’ prodigal son returns home to his parents’ snowbound cabin in the Yukon where he is welcomed with open arms. It’s comedy par excellence from whence comes the immortal line “… and it ain’t a fit night out for man nor beast.”

  • Fit to be Tied

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this classic short staring George Burns and Gracie Allen.

  • The Forgotten Man

    In this sequel to Waiting for Baby, Benchley explains in hilarious detail why the expectant father is the forgotten man.

  • The General

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this Buster Keaton classic. Set during the Civil War and based on a true incident, the film is also an authentic-looking period piece that brings the scope and realism of Matthew Brady-like images to brilliant life. Keaton portrays engineer Johnnie Gray, rejected ...

  • The Great Buster

    THE GREAT BUSTER celebrates the life and career of one of America’s most influential and celebrated filmmakers and comedians, Buster Keaton, whose singular style and fertile output during the silent era created his legacy as a true cinematic visionary. Filled with stunningly restored archival Kea...

  • A Great Wall

    The first American movie shot in China, A Great Wall is a delightful comedy that was a "cross-cultural hit" (Los Angeles Times) when released in 1986. When San Francisco computer programmer Leo Fang (co-writer and director Peter Wang) is passed over for a promotion, he calls it quits and moves hi...

  • Hangmen Also Die

    "Reveals Mr. Lang as a master of concentrated suspense." - The New York Times

    Newly Restored! Beautifully shot by James Wong Howe and tightly scripted by Bertolt Brecht and director Fritz Lang in their only collaboration, this noir-like espionage thriller is set in occupied Czechoslovakia and re...

  • The Hitch-Hiker

    Beyond its obvious cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman (actress Ida Lupino), THE HITCH-HIKER is perhaps better remembered as simply one of the most nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s. Inspired by the true-life murder spree of Billy Cook, THE HITCH-HIKER i...

  • Hoagy Carmichael

    A song-filled short featuring composer and piano player Carmichael. Songs include “I’m Wrong,” “Washboard Blues,” “Old Rockin’ Chair” and “Stardust.”

  • How to Take a Vacation

    Cohen Film Collection introduces this classic comedy short starring Robert Benchley.