Lovers of classic films and TCM lovers will enjoy this selection of classic films, biographies of the Golden Age and other gifts for the Christmas season.
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The glamor of Old Hollywood is timeless, so it doesn't have to be Christmas time to shop for one of these classic movie-themed gifts. In addition to curating the shows of the greatest movies of all time (from one of the world's largest movie libraries), Turner Classic Movies has curated a variety of gifts for the classic movie fan in your life – or for yourself if that's you.
IndieWire has compiled a list of the best of these gifts, from movie collections to retro accessories (dare to check out some of Clara Bow's filmography and NOT buy a cloche hat) and of course plenty of books for classic movie lovers. Read on for our selections for the 2020 holiday season – and beyond.
Price: $ 14.89
IndieWire's own Christian Blauvelt is putting together a unique cinematic tour of the Big Apple in this book that includes part of the behind-the-scenes stories and part of a handy guide (with maps!) For visiting the locations of some of your favorite films, including "The Godfather", "The Seven Year Itch", "King Kong", "North by Northwest", "On the Town", "West Side Story", "When Harry Met Sally" and many more.
Price: $ 34.52
Kino Lorber has put together three classic films with Deanna Durbin that were released for the first time on Blu-ray. In “100 Men and a Girl” (1937), which includes a new audio commentary by film historian Stephen Vagg, Durbin plays “an inventive and determined young woman who stops at nothing to get what she wants. Patricia Cardwell, the daughter of an unemployed musician, decides to convince the conductor Leopold Stokowski to help her start an orchestra employing her widowed father (Adolphe Menjou) and 99 other unemployed musicians. Although Patricia is faced with this seemingly impossible task, she leads her unemployed orchestra to the house of the unsuspecting Stokowski and conducts it in Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody" from the top of his stairs. His reaction is priceless, as are the numerous musical numbers, including "It's raining sunbeams" and "A heart that is free".
In "3 Smart Girls Grow Up" (1939) she plays Penny, a woman who has a knack for matchmaking and realizes that her own two sisters Joan (Nan Gray) and Kay (Helen Parrish) could use your help as one of them is in love with the other's friend. Trying to manipulate the situation so that both sisters find the ideal fiancé, Penny only creates more problems until her father is forced to intervene on her behalf. "
And in It Started With Eve (1941), which includes a new audio commentary by film historian Sam Deighan, “an old millionaire (Charles Laughton) believed to be in his last days wants to meet the young lady which his son has Johnny (Robert Cummings) plans to marry. When the future bride-to-be is not available, the dutiful son finds a quick replacement in a random hat-check girl (Durbin). Surprisingly, she quickly steals his heart and when his father makes a remarkable recovery, Johnny will have to juggle the false bride-to-be with the newly arrived true bride of his heart. "
Price: $ 25.17
This recently published definitive biography of the Hollywood legend draws on Grant's own papers, extensive archive research, and interviews with family and friends to paint a portrait of the man formerly known as Archibald Leach in search of fame and fortune to America came. However, the official description states: “He has always been haunted by his past. His father was a moronic alcoholic and his mother was admitted to an institution when she was 11 years old. He believed she was dead until he was informed that she was alive when he was 31 years old. Because of that experience, Grant would struggle to form close bonds all his life. He married five times and had numerous affairs. Despite notable success, Grant remained deeply at odds with his past, present, basic identity, and even the public who adored him in films such as Gunga Din, Notorious and North by Northwest. "
Price: $ 28.63
After reading this bio, you'll want to delve deeper into Grant's filmography. So start with this Kino Lorber collection of three classic Grant comedies from the 1930s. "Ladies Should Listen" plays Grant in "a romantic comedy about the complicated escapade of a bachelorette in Paris". A meddling operator (Frances Drake) falls in love with Julian de Lussac (Grant), a tenant in her building who has a deceiving girlfriend. Armed with the truth, she decides to win Julian's love and affection by formulating a plan to interfere with her connectivity scheme and uncover it. "
Chicago newspaper reporters Charlie Mason (Grant) and Rusty Fleming (Joan Bennett) never let a good story stand in the way of a prank in “Wedding Present,” which features a new audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger. However, things change when their editor (George Bancroft) quits and Charlie takes over for him. After a month of vacation, Rusty discovers that fun-loving Charlie has become an intolerable tyrant. Disgusted by his behavior, Rusty travels to New York, where her hasty engagement to a clogged author (Conrad Nagel) brings Charlie to his senses when he pulls out the stops to change her mind. "
Finally, in Big Brown Eyes, which features a new audio commentary from film critic Nick Pinkerton, Eve Fallon (Joan Bennett) loses her job after an argument with cop Danny Barr (Grant) over the blonde manicurist instead a New York crime reporter. "When a shootout between a pack of thieves ends and a thug (Walter Pidgeon) gets away with murder, Danny and Eva work together to find clues to destroy the gang of crooks and ensure that justice is served."
Price: $ 18.95 on the TCM Store, $ 25.99 on Amazon
First conceived in 2001, the Essentials series is a way for Turner Classic Movies to help classic film enthusiasts expand their cinematic knowledge by discovering or revisiting groundbreaking films that will sustain audiences around the world have influenced. In “The Essentials: 52 Films That You Must See and Why They Are Important”, film historian Arnold has put together an initial curriculum with 52 must-see films from the silent film era up to the early 1980s for readers enjoy watching one movie a week for a year – long partying or by curating their own classic film festival. (You can purchase this edition now on Amazon for $ 16.99.)
The book includes pointers on why every movie is important, commentary from Robert Osborne of TCM and guest presenters from Essentials, including Sally Field, Drew Barrymore, Alec Baldwin, Rose McGowan, Carrie Fisher, Molly Haskell, Peter Bogdanovich, Sydney Pollack, and Rob Reiner . This second version, which was only released on October 20, features 52 other films stretching into the late 1980s, as well as commentaries on some of these characters, as well as people like Ava DuVernay, Brad Bird, and William Friedkin.
Some of the films in Vol. 2 include "Top Hat", "The Women", "Brief Encounter", "Rashomon", "Dizziness", "The Apartment", "The Producers", "The Sting", "Network", " Field of Dreams "and more.
You can also purchase a bundle of books and a bonus TCM mug for USD 45.95 from the TCM Store.
Price: $ 114.75
Are you letting your love of classic movies invade your wardrobe? Then you should check out the TCM clothing that includes men's clothing like fedoras, pocket squares, and bow ties. This classic Bailey fedora was inspired by characters who prefer to run their business in secret. The snap-brim design makes it easy to keep in the background, although you would really want it with a hat this good looking? The lanth is made from polished wool felt and trimmed with a suede felt band that gives texture and contrast. "
Price: $ 49.95
If you are looking for a more feminine outfit, there are also plenty of Art Deco inspired jewelry and a wide variety of flapper-style cloche hats to choose from. This is a dusty rose color with a felt flower accent on the side that is “reminiscent of the glamorous ladies of Hollywood. Wear it as a stylish homage to one of the most dynamic epochs in film history. "
Price: $ 95.95
The TCM Holiday Spirit collection curated by the TCM staff includes two bestsellers and a set of stemless wine glasses that are perfect for entertaining on vacation. The books include “Christmas in the Cinema: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season”, a list of the best and most popular holiday films of all time from eight decades (also available on Amazon for USD 10.99) and “Movie Night Menus: Dinner and Von den Movies We Love, Inspired Drink Recipes ", a collection of classic films from the 1930s to 80s, paired with people-friendly foods and drinks like" Casablanca "and some French 75s, and a Moroccan dinner (available for $ 17.59 from Amazon) . (Other movies and menus include "The Thin Man," "The Philadelphia Story," "Sunset Boulevard," "Some Like It Hot," "American Graffiti," "Moonstruck," and more.) Finally, when you're ready to suck up the four stemless wine glasses each have a classic personality: Bombshell, Gangster, Ingenue and Swashbuckler.
Price: $ 20.95 from the TCM Store, $ 25.49 from Amazon
This unique Hollywood story from creator of @ThisWasHollywood from Instagram reveals “the forgotten past of the movie world in a dazzling visual package modeled after yesterday's classic fan magazines. From past film legends that have been forgotten to new revelations about the greatest movie stars, Valderrama discovers the most intriguing, little-known stories from the birth of Hollywood to the Golden Age. Based on new interviews, archive research and an extensive library of photographs, "This Was Hollywood" is a compelling and visually impressive catalog of the films' lost history. "It hits shelves on November 17th.
Price: $ 12.95 at the TCM Store, $ 16.95 at Amazon
This is a simple gift with a simple description: it's literally just a book of portraits taken between 1920 and 1960 of attractive movie stars posing with their dogs, as well as photos of actually famous dogs. There is something for everyone here, including Humphrey Bogart, Buster Keaton, Elvis Presley, Tony Curtis, Sophia Lauren, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Shirley Maclaine, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. Famous dogs include Lassie, Asta, Rin Tin Tin, and Toto.
Price: $ 18.39
Writer De Forest delves into 50 of the most inspiring female roles in film from the 1920s to the present day, including famous characters such as Bette Davis, Mae West, Barbara Stanwyck, Josephine Baker, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood and Barbra Streisand, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Joan Crawford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Dorothy Dandridge, Katharine Hepburn, Pam Grier, Jane Fonda, Gal Gadot, Emma Watson, Zhang Ziyi, Uma Thurman, Jennifer Lawrence and many more. Interesting profiles live alongside more than 100 photographs of these revolutionary women who “overcome the narrow boundaries of their expected gender roles” and in some cases look at the directors and writers who also helped bring the characters to life.
Price: $ 79.99 plus taxes and shipping
Wine clubs are galore, but this TCM-themed subscription is only $ 79.99 in its introductory offer that gets you 15 wines from around the world. Each bottle is delivered to your doorstep and combined with a classic film from TCM. Each case also includes exclusive film-themed wines. The 2020 holiday season includes Jimmy Stewart Cabernet Sauvignon, Eartha Kitt Red Blend and James Dean Pinot Noir. (Future exclusives include club members The Blues Brothers Red Blend and Elvis Presley Cabernet Sauvignon.) Visit the TCM Wine Club website to register and get access to exclusive wine club items such as TCM wine spells and stemless wine glasses.