Saturday, January 2, 2016


One of the two best nostalgia film magazines available are CLASSIC IMAGES and FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE. If you love Ronald Colman, Mary Pickford, Veronica Lake or Alan Ladd, then this is the type of magazine for you. CLASSIC IMAGES started in June of 1962 when Sam Rubin published the first issue of THE 8MM COLLECTOR. As years passed, the publication grew, along with circulation, serving an international readership of classic film buffs. With the dawn of the video revolution, most collectors switched from 8mm to 16mm, then to videotape. Sam realized the publication would have to charge its name to reflect the new realities of the hobby. Thus CLASSIC IMAGES was born.

Over the years, some of the best writers and historians contributed: Herb Fagen, Leonard Maltin, Anthony Slide, Eve Golden, Michael Ankerich and many more. Every issue features retrospective biographies of character actors and movie stars we have come to love. Exclusive interviews are also included. Book reviews, announcements of up-coming DVD releases and much more can be found within the pages. 

Despite the changes and challenges today, primarily the ignorance that occupies from people who believe the internet should be a permanent substitute paper magazines, CLASSIC IMAGES still firm with a strong circulation. There is nothing like receiving a monthly issue in the mailbox, something to physically hold in your hands at your leisure, and browse the rarely-seen unpublished photographs and read articles that provide deeper insight in the movies we have come to love. 

A sister publication, FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE, was started more than a decade ago in order to better cover the vast subject of film history. As other film magazines have faded into obscurity, highly sought-after by the folks who attend film festivals and nostalgia conventions because of their scarcity, CLASSIC IMAGES and FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE have only grown in circulation, serving the better needs of the film buff community. The statement made popular today is that Millennials do not think of movies as art the way so many baby boomers did. They look at today's movies as fashionable pop culture. It's cool to wear a teeshirt with a Batman logo because Batman movies are cool. But the difference between masterful storytelling and a blockbuster is the limited use of explosions. Let the facial expressions, dialogue and subliminal and suggestive actions tell the story. Children today are no more interested in seeing their parents' movies than they are in wearing their parents' clothes. Little do they know that trivia about today's motion-pictures is just as cool as knowing trivia about the older movies. This is what makes such publications like CLASSIC IMAGES a necessity. If the magazine was to ever fold, a piece of nostalgia pop culture and appreciation for the art form dies with it. 

So now the good news: if you are not a subscriber of CLASSIC IMAGES, the editor of the paper, Bob King, wishes to extend to you a free complimentary issue. Simply print out the form below and fill it out (make sure your name and address is legible!!) and mail it promptly to the address on the bottom of the form. No obligation required but it is the hoped that you find the complimentary issue reflective of what you can expect 12 times a year and that you subscribe to the magazine. You can thank me later.

1 comment:

Larry Natoli said...

I am already a subscriber and enjoy Films of the Golden Age. Takes me a month or month and a half to devour every page.

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