Reel Classics

Books for classic movie fans. A new imprint that specializes in original movie history books and reproductions of early cinema works.

Quotes and inspiration from the 1946 classic movie

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is part of many families’ holiday traditions, but the 1946 Frank Capra movie starring James Stewart offers inspiration all year long.

This book assembles some of the best quotes and excerpts from “It’s a Wonderful Life” movie, along with photos from the movie, posters and other images. We can all learn from, as Capra put it, “a film to tell the weary, the disheartened, and the disillusioned … that no man is a failure! … that each man’s life touches so many other lives.”

This book includes:

  • Original essay: Brief history and outline of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and a look at the timeless and universal lessons for today

  • Posters and promotional materials from the movie from the U.S. and around the world

  • Quotes and excerpts from “It’s a Wonderful Life” dialogue

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Quiz your knowledge of Old Hollywood

You may love classic movies, but how much do you really know? This collection of 101 trivia questions (and answers!) puts your knowledge to the test.

Who dated who in Old Hollywood? What movies set records at awards shows and at the box office? Who made silver screen history?

From Charlie Chaplin to “Citizen Kane,” from sci-fi firsts to iconic final films, from “The Jazz Singer” to “The Quiet Man” – the questions pull from a range of classic movie history, from easy tidbits about the most famous films to more deep dives into hidden gems that only true classic connoisseurs may know.

Generally, the questions span movies and stars from early cinema to the 1960s, with emphasis on the Golden Age of Hollywood (roughly the 1930s and 1940s).

The topics covered include:

  • Historic firsts

  • Award winners

  • Early days of cinema

  • Famous quotes

  • Scandals

  • Romantic entanglements in real Hollywood

  • And much more!

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Pictorial highlights from early cinema and the silent movie era

Browse through a feast for the eyes: This selection of iconic movie posters allows modern audiences to appreciate the art form and to gain insight into how some of the biggest silent movie-era hits and critical darlings were advertised to the public. This compact volume is a perfect introduction for movie history novices, or, for those well-versed in classic movies, it's a visual reminder of why silent movies capture our hearts.

What's inside:

  • Original introduction to silent movies' posters as an art form

  • A look at the trends of early cinema posters

  • An overview of posters from the 1920s

Included are a range of genres and movies stars of the silent era, avant-garde productions and mass-marketed movies, films with Academy Award-winning design and posters with just plain interestingness.

Some of the highlights:

  • Ben Hur (1925)

  • Häxan (1922)

  • Safety Last (1923)

  • Cleopatra (1917)

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

  • Wings (1927)

  • The Big Parade (1925)

  • The Son of the Sheik (1926)

  • The General (1926)

  • The Great Train Robbery (1903)

  • Sunrise (1927)

  • A Trip to the Moon (1902) Le Voyage dans la Lune (original French title)

  • The Birth of a Nation (1915)

  • Metropolis (1927)

Movie posters from the silent works of Rudolph Valentino, Theda Bara, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Mary Pickford, Ramon Novarro, Lon Chaney and more are inside.

The e-book edition was specifically created as an Amazon ebook with Guided View panels. This allows a better reader experience on small device screens. The paperback version is a compact volume created for Amazon and is printed on demand by Amazon printers.

Available as an ebook or paperback on Amazon