World Cinema Paradise was created in November 2013 to bring together some of the best reviewers, scholars, and cinema historians on the Internet. It’s our hope World Cinema Paradise will eventually become a kind of refuge for some of the best film criticism and scholarship around, perhaps even eventually serving as a kind of depository for talented writers showcasing their work, and to make available for download facets of their widely varied but always fascinating research.
In an age where Internet browsers have not only come to expect but even demand free content (including downloading unlicensed movies), many talented cinema historians have been languishing at other websites that refuse to pay them. Anything. Having nowhere else to turn, they ply their craft and unique skills at a total financial loss.
World Cinema Paradise is conceived as an alternative to this, where writers are not only appreciated and nurtured by their peers (and readers) but who also actually get paid. It’s a kind of Grand Experiment, to see if by soliciting paid reviews and feature stories from the crème de la crème we can, together, create a website that will attract readers to better-written, more competent, informative, insightful, and entertaining movie scholarship.
We are a content-based site and out aim is to provide fascinating reading by both cinema history scholars and reviewing veterans we’ve all admired for years, as well as the best emerging writers on the Internet. If you’d like to join us, drop us an email along with your resume and/or links to some of your best online writing.
We’ll delve into areas of film underreported or ignored entirely, we’ll explore in detail what other sites do only superficially, all the while addressing past and current issues of home and theater movie-watching, scholarship, preservation and restoration in provocative, sometimes incendiary ways that may surprise you and which, we hope, will invite lively feedback.
We’re going to start slowly, with a few new articles three-four times per week, so I invite you to bookmark our Home Page and keep checking back. If you don’t see anything that interests you today, there’s a good chance we’ll have something of great interest for you tomorrow.
Stuart Galbraith IV
December 1, 2013