Movie History Has Never Been More Accessible, So Why Do Classic Film Fans Still Feel It’s Threatened?

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Movie History Has Never Been More Accessible, So Why Do Classic Film Fans Still Feel It’s Threatened?
IndieWire turns 25 this year. To mark the occasion, we’re running a series of essays about the future of everything we cover.

Quick: How many films can you find on Netflix from before 1980? Gems can be uncovered there — shout-out to Youssef Chahine’s 1958 Egyptian classic, “Cairo Station” — but the burden is on those cinephiles already interested enough to seek them out.

Lovers of film history aren’t born, they’re made. Discussions with other film fans, nights out at your university rep cinema, and serendipitous discoveries on Turner Classic Movies, certainly help. Many of us owe our parents for exposing us to classic film at an early age. Still, we’ve reached a point where movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age, as well as concurrent world cinema titles, are more accessible than ever, but risk falling further into obscurity.

There was a time when you couldn’t see even towering classics,
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