Wednesday, August 5, 2009

AFI Video Portal

The American Film Institute has launched the beta version of a new video portal that classic movie fans may find interesting.  The site houses clips from such events as the Life Achievement Awards, the 100 years... series, and various seminars.  The site is a little slow and difficult to navigate, but hopefully these issues will be addressed during this testing period.  I hope they'll be adding to the content, as there are some Life Achievement Award ceremonies I'd love to see that are currently not posted (Cagney, Welles, Wilder, Bette Davis, etc).

I especially enjoyed watching clips from Alfred Hitchcock's Life Achievement Award ceremony  with appearances by Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Jimmy Stewart, Vera Miles, Tippi Hedren, Henry Fonda, Theresa Wright, Jane Wyman, Edith Head, and more.  When dear Ingrid makes a lovely speech to congratulate him and thank him for his guidance, Hitch never cracks a smile.

We'll report back and let you know if/when they add more classic movie-related videos!