Wired made a list of 10 The Best: Movies in the Public Domain and I decided to take a look. It’s almost a fine list, it has good examples of what you can find on-line in public domain of almost each kind of film, excluding Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.
My taste is a bit different and I would have put on that list M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Moerder a Fritz Lang’s classic, the Murnau’s masterpiece Nosferatu, Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid and Felix The Cat or Betty Boop cartoons. And probably the Why We Fight documentaries of Capra that are under the Cinemocracy category at Archive.org.
All the films suggested by Wired can be easily found at Public Domain Movie Torrents and Internet Archive. Almost all of those films are available in both sites with some differences of size, format and way to download (torrent or nomal download at Archive). Since those are quite popular films you won’t have many problems to download them from PDT, but if you have a good broadband connection, use it to download from Archive late at night, U.S. time zone, or on weekends.
I think that the list was a way to inspire people to search for more interesting stuff in public domain on-line. If you like of old stuff, classic and silent films start your search at Internet Archive. If you are the kind of people alergic to black and white films go first to Public Domain Movie Torrents. They have similar films with small differences: there are films that you just find at one and not in the other, but the collection of Archive is huge. Just in case try both – I always do that.
Well, now that you have the links to were you can find get the films. Not in the mood to make searches? Ok, I did it for you. That’s the list with the films chose by Wired with links to IMDb, Wikipedia articles, links to download and what them on-line at Google Video. Have fun!
1) Detour (1945) at IMDb, Wikipedia, PDMT, Internet Archive and Google Video.
2) Driller Killer (1979) at IMDb, Wikipedia, PDMT and Google Video.
3) Night of the Living Dead (1968) at IMDb, Wikipedia, PDMT, Internet Archive and Google Video.
4) Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) at IMDb, Wikipedia, PDMT, Internet Archive and Google Video.
5) Superman cartoons (early 1940s) at Wikipedia and PDMT. At the updated post Superman Cartoons there are all the links about the episodes, where download and watch them.
6) The Battle of San Pietro (1943) at IMDb, Wikipedia, PDMT, Internet Archive and Google Video with two different versions here and here.
7) The General (1927) at IMDb, Wikipedia, PDMT, Internet Archive and Google Video with this and this version.
8) The Lost World (1925) at IMDb, Wikipedia, Internet Archive, PDMT and Google Video.
9) The Street Fighter (1974) at IMDb, Wikipedia, PDMT and Google Video.
10) Reefer Madness (1936) at IMDb, Wikipedia, PDMT, Internet Archive here or here and Google Video.
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