500 Free Flicks For Summer
June 11, 2012 9:46 AM   Subscribe

Oh, swell. I've been on a big Hitchcock kick lately.
posted by griphus at 9:49 AM on June 11, 2012

Holy crap, there are some great films in there. Alexander Nevsky chief among them. Watch it, watch it now!
posted by NoMich at 9:50 AM on June 11, 2012 [2 favorites]

Thank you!
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:55 AM on June 11, 2012

Very nice!
posted by jeffburdges at 9:58 AM on June 11, 2012

My first click took me to a dead YouTube link.. hopefully this list doesn't accidentally indict too many others!
posted by ReeMonster at 10:05 AM on June 11, 2012

Double Indemnity links to a blocked Youtube video. Hm...open culture...something not right here. Shouldn't these be a bunch of brickfilms with a couple of grainy Vincent Price pictures thrown in?
posted by circular at 10:14 AM on June 11, 2012

This is huge.
posted by timsteil at 10:16 AM on June 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

Yeah, a lot of these links are dead. The only ones that seem to work are the links to the Archive.org and the public domain Hitchcock movies.

Based on some of the URLs, I am going to guess that this was put together 3 or more years ago.
posted by alexoscar at 10:25 AM on June 11, 2012

It looks like this is just a spammy aggregator for movies on Youtube and Archive.org and the less-legitimate mubi.com. For what it's worth, it's probably better to go to the source on Archive.org, since their collection actually has over 4,500 movies to watch for free.
posted by koeselitz at 10:27 AM on June 11, 2012 [7 favorites]

the less-legitimate mubi.com.

Uh, Mubi.com is an arthouse streaming service and it's about as legit as it gets. I've had a membership for years, and it's great. Netflix may have more titles, but only Mubi commissions its own Apichatpong Weerasethakul film.
posted by alexoscar at 10:37 AM on June 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

Thanks for that, alexoscar - I was actually confusing Mubi with Yuoku.com, although I have no idea how. Anyway, worth checking out Mubi directly too, then.
posted by koeselitz at 10:42 AM on June 11, 2012

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time - Free – Indie film starring John Candy and Isaac Hayes. (1975)

THIS, I need to see. Thank you so much for the link/s.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 11:57 AM on June 11, 2012

Just watched Darwin, by Peter Greenaway (1993). Wonderful finds are also in here.
posted by stonepharisee at 12:19 PM on June 11, 2012

Some great stuff in there!

Unfortunately, I'm in Berlin this summer, and many of them are unavailable in Europe - any ideas on how to get around this?
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 1:58 PM on June 11, 2012

"Title" + " torrent" in your browser's search bar works pretty well, too. Bonus: the number of copyright-free works available that way is much greater than 500.
posted by IAmBroom at 2:09 PM on June 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

Archive.org ... has over 4,500 movies

The value in sites like this one is (potentially) not in the quantity but in the filtering of what's worth watching. I find "50 top ..." sites generally more useful than "1000 top ...". Increasingly true over time as more and more options accumulate. (An iPod with 20,000 songs on it has how many worth hearing more than once?)

E.g. I've read Forster's prescient 'Machine Stops' but didn't know about the BBC production.
posted by Twang at 2:40 PM on June 11, 2012

Pity some of these don't work. And I just have to say reefer madnees is just utterly shite. I know it is what it is but still, it is dire, not even stoner-funny.
posted by marienbad at 2:50 PM on June 11, 2012

Well, it sure freaked me out. The reel we were watching was badly burned, and I thought the burn marks were advice from... somewhere else. Next time I'm going to get high first.
posted by sneebler at 4:52 PM on June 11, 2012

"Title" + " torrent" in your browser's search bar

Also if you google YouTube and "full movie", there are a shit ton just on YouTube.
posted by Chekhovian at 4:54 PM on June 11, 2012 [2 favorites]

And also on YouTube is a a vast amount of 90s And early 00's television.
posted by Chekhovian at 4:55 PM on June 11, 2012

I didn't know there was a cartoon version of Animal Farm. I quite enjoyed that, although the "happy ending" was a bit of a disappointing change from the original novel.
posted by asnider at 8:18 PM on June 11, 2012

I'm going to take this as a reminder to finally watch the BBC version of "1984." Probably a good thing to do for a guy with the slogans of the party tattooed on his back.

Also, I really wish that someone would add a nicer version of "He Walked By Night." It's one of the most fantastically-shot film noirs and these low-res uploads just do not do it justice. Can't speak for the various DVD's, but TCM was showing a very nice copy at one point.
posted by seansbrain at 9:48 PM on June 11, 2012

Free in quotes.
posted by CarlRossi at 8:18 PM on June 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

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