Friday, January 28, 2011

Award Winning Film to be re-released on DVD February 8

America America

This is the story of film Director Elia Kazan's uncle, who emigrated to America from Turkey in the late 1800's.

This film should give all Americans an appreciation for the hardships that so many immigrants have endured in their quest to escape the injustices of their home land to make it - legally - to the shores of America.

Stavros Topouzoglou (Stathis Giallelis) was a Greek man, born in Turkey, who faced many challenges on his way to America. With his family's blessing and their entire meager wealth, they send him on his way to Constantinople so that he would board a ship to America with the intent that he would work to bring his family to America to join him.

Things didn't go quite as planned, though - along the way he picks up a rather annoying sidekick who takes him for all he's got. Despite this, he struggles to find a way to make his destination - without his father's knowledge of his having been cheated and robbed, facing one misfortune after another.

Eventually making it to Constantinople, he meets up with his cousin who tries to help him, but the strong willed Stavros has his own ideas, which lead him into a little trouble. While in Constantinople, he has his first sexual encounter with a woman, and later takes a wife who's low self esteem basically ruins their wedding night.

Stavros is still determined to beat all odds to get to America, though -- some of his experiences are angering while others are laughable, but they all make this film worth watching repeatedly.

An interesting note about this film: It was filmed on location in Greece and Turkey, and Kazan opted to use lessor known actors rather than well known stars in this production. These tidbits really give the film an authenticity that it would not have otherwise had, and I think makes the film that much more interesting. One thing is certain, the scenery is gorgeous!

America America won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction - set decoration, black and white in 1964 and two Golden Globes for Best Director and Most Promising Newcomer Male in 1964, and was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Director Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire, East of Eden) was the recipient of the coveted Lifetime Acheivement Oscar and is renowned as one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history, having netted a total of 20 Academy Awards and multiple nominations plus three Tony Awards for Best Director.

Born in what is known today as Istanbul, Turkey (then, Constantinople, of the Ottoman Empire), Elias Kazanjoglou passed away in New York City just after his 94th birthday in 2003.

You can purchase this wonderfully intriguing DVD, which arrives February 8, at the Warner Brothers shop.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Classic Cinema Online does not sell DVDs

Dear viewers;

Over the last few weeks Classic Cinema Online has received numerous emails from people wanting to know why they haven't received the DVDs they ordered, or complaining about the quality of their purchase.

I would like to assure everyone that Classic Cinema Online does not sell DVDs, but apparently people are purchasing DVDs from a company that they think is Classic Cinema Online.

I strongly advise anyone who has purchased DVDs through any company that they think was Classic Cinema Online that they first and foremost report their purchase to their bank or credit card company IMMEDIATELY.

Your billing statement may cite Classic Cinema Movies, Film-Classic Movies, Film Classics, Nocturnal Pictures, or even Marquee Video.

After reporting this to your bank, you might want to also contact your local authorities - police or DA - and report the fraud. You might also contact the FBI - they deal with bootleg items and copyright infringement.

Meanwhile, if anyone visits any website that offers DVDs for sale through a link they found on Classic Cinema Online, please make note of that website address and email it to me. You may use the contact form located on the Classic Cinema Online website - the link is at the bottom of the page.

Apparently this "web company" changes its name often, and uses names that are very close to companies or websites that are reputable and plays on the good reputations of those companies or websites to gain their 'customers'.

Generally a non-reputable company that plays off of reputable ones will have a word different in their name, or an incorrect spelling of the name of the company you think you're doing business with. It can be misspelled by only one letter, may contain a hyphen where there normally would not be one, and so forth, so please double check the trade name of any company you are conducting business with on line to make sure you are conducting business with the company that you think you are conducting business with.

When a non-reputable entity does something like this, it's called "spoofing" and they will often use your information to make unauthorized transactions to your bank or credit card or other accounts, and may even steal your identity.

If ever Classic Cinema Online begins to sell DVDs or other products, I will initiate a press release and post an article about it on the website so that everyone knows it's legitimate.

Until then, I refer people to the Warner Brothers on line store ( or sometimes to (even though they're boycotting Classic Cinema Online because Classic Cinema Online is based in Colorado), or Mill Creek Entertainment for DVD purchases, depending on their need.

-- Sandra
Classic Cinema Online