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Classic Film and Television

Welcome to the Classic Film and Television homepage. It is designed and written by Michael E. Grost, a film enthusiast who lives near Detroit, Michigan, USA.

This is an educational site containing reviews and articles about films and television, and articles on their writers, directors and photographers. It has much about Visual Style. I am an auteurist, and usually try to relate a film creator's work to his or her total career as an artist. All the articles in this site are written by me. Estimated size: 4000 pages / 1,600,000 words.

BREAKING NEWS: The new book The Films of Joseph H. Lewis is edited by Gary D. Rhodes. The publisher has a web site for the book. I wrote one of the fourteen articles!

Please mail your comments to me at (Clicking here will bring up mail.) I am eager to hear what you think. (Unfortunately, I know nothing about where to find out of print videos.) You can also visit my web sites Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection, Classic Comic Books and A History of American Art, and my personal home page.

I write mysteries myself. Detective short stories by me are available (for free) on my mystery fiction page. Most are set in the silent film era, and will be enjoyable for film lovers. One mystery is a fictional tale about Louis Feuillade. Please click to get a free E-book in EPUB or Kindle format with many short stories. (If the download link does not work, please e-mail me at and I will send you the stories.)

Book-length articles on directors:

Articles on Directors. Those that begin with auteur checklists of subjects and Visual Style techniques, are marked with an *. The lists are a powerful way to learn a lot about a director, in a hurry:

Film Lists:

General articles:


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This document was first put on the World Wide Web August 14, 1996. It was most recently updated November 28, 2022. The site is being continuously expanded.

(C)Copyright 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 by Michael E. Grost. Reproduction and distribution are permissible for non-profit purposes only, but no changes are to be made to this document without the author's written consent.