In the golden age of streaming, does film history have a place?
Feb 13, 2019

In the golden age of streaming, does film history have a place?

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It's Oscar season, a time when we celebrate the history of film. But what if you want to sit down and watch some classics? That was the selling point of one streaming service, FilmStruck, that AT&T recently shuttered. FilmStruck showcased directors like Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa and Stanley Kubrick. It was the darling of cinephiles for the two years it existed. Given that streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon seem to be focused on making original content, could the golden age of streaming mean that film history falls through the cracks? Jed Kim talks with Ann Hornaday, a senior film critic for the Washington Post, about the death of FilmStruck and the future of classic film.

Today's show is sponsored by Pitney Bowes and Indeed.

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In the golden age of streaming, does film history have a place?

Feb 13, 2019
A streaming service for historic, art house and other non-mainstream cinema recently folded.
The audience claps during a screening of the 1952 film "Park Row" at the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, California.
Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TCM

It’s Oscar season, a time when we celebrate the history of film. But what if you want to sit down and watch some classics? That was the selling point of one streaming service, FilmStruck, that AT&T recently shuttered. FilmStruck showcased directors like Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa and Stanley Kubrick. It was the darling of cinephiles for the two years it existed. Given that streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon seem to be focused on making original content, could the golden age of streaming mean that film history falls through the cracks? Jed Kim talks with Ann Hornaday, a senior film critic for the Washington Post, about the death of FilmStruck and the future of classic film.

Today’s show is sponsored by Pitney Bowes and Indeed.

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