The Gish Sisters Blogathon!

Greetings! Well, it looks like I am at it again! Another blogathon!

September 9, 2013 is going to mark the 101st anniversary of Lillian and Dorothy Gish’s motion picture debut. I was really excited and wanted to do something special. However, the Gish sisters spent even more time making talkies than they did silents. I needed someone to help me, someone who was an expert on mid-century film…

My wonderful co-hostess is Lindsey of The Motion Pictures! Together, on September 7-9, we are going to celebrate the careers of these amazing women.

We are inviting bloggers to join us in this celebration. The event is open to all!

While they are best remembered for their silent work, Dorothy enjoyed a 51 year career, acting until 1963. Lillian’s 75 year career lasted until 1987! And the versatile sisters made films in every imaginable genre. There is truly something for everyone.

What you can contribute:

  • A review of a film that has one or both of the Gishes
  • Information on their stage work
  • A biography
  • An article on their films, careers, relationships, etc.
  • A pictorial post
  • Get creative! I have seen blogathons feature video slideshows, poetry, works of art and more. If it is Gish-related, please consider submitting it.
  • No film is “taken” so feel free to select a film even if others are already reviewing it.

Participants:

(note: this list has been updated and the latest version can be found here)

Cinemalacrum – A review of The Night of the Hunter (Lillian)

Cinematic Catharsis – A review of Broken Blossoms (Lillian)

Crítica Retrô – A review of Orphans of the Storm (Lillian and Dorothy)

Donald Mania – A video tribute to the sisters and an article on Lillian’s influence on cinema

Don’t Upset Granny Gish – A review of His Double Life (Lillian) and an article on becoming a Gish fan

Falderal – Lillian Gish’s relationship with fellow screen star Mary Pickford

The Film Writer – An article profiling each sister and a video

Films Worth Watching – Reviews of True Heart Susie and The Battle of Elderbush Gulch

Girls Do Film – A review of Romola (Lillian and Dorothy)

The Great Katharine Hepburn – An article on Remodeling Her Husband (Lillian and Dorothy)

The Joy and Agony of Movies – A review of Intolerance (Lillian)

The Last Drive In – The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: The Body in the Barn (Lillian)

MIB’s Instant Headache – A review of The Birth of a Nation Blu-ray (Lillian)

Motion Picture Gems – TBD

The Motion Pictures – Sweet Liberty (Lillian) and The Cardinal (Dorothy) as well as keeping a list of the participants.

Movie Classics – A review of The Scarlet Letter (Lillian)

The Movie Rat – An article on the Lillian and Dorothy’s film careers.

Movies Silently – The Unseen Enemy and Orphans of the Storm (the first and last films that the sisters made with director D.W. Griffith), Gretchen the Greenhorn (Dorothy)

The Nitrate DivaWay Down East (Lillian) and/or Hearts of the World (Lillian and Dorothy)

Nitrate Glow – A review of Broken Blossoms (Lillian) and poetry selections inspired by the film.

Once Upon a Screen – A review of The Musketeers of Pig Alley (Lillian and Dorothy), one of the earliest gangster films, and a pictorial post

Outspoken and Freckled – A review of The Night of the Hunter (Lillian)

The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion – A collection of contemporary newspaper clippings on the sisters

Silent Volume – Reviews of La Boheme, Mothering Heart, Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, and DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation recut

Silver ScreeningsPortrait of Jennie (Lillian)

The Soul of the PlotDuel in the Sun (Lillian)

Strictly Vintage HollywoodNell Gwynn (Dorothy)

They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To – A review of The Whales of August (Lillian), plus, we get Bette Davis in the bargain! Hurrah!

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear – A review of The Wind (Lillian)

True Classics – Review of La Boheme (Lillian)

Remember, no movie is “taken” so don’t be afraid to pick a title even if it is already listed!

In case you need some inspiration, here is Lillian’s filmography and here is Dorothy’s.

How do I join up?

Contact us and let us know your blog address, what you would like to contribute and the date on which you would like to participate. Here are some ways to get in touch:

  1. Leave a comment

  2. Contact me directly

  3. Tweet me @MoviesSilently or Lindsey @TMPLindsey or both!

Then snag one of the banners we have supplied for the occasion.

Please link back to http://moviessilently.com/tag/gish-sisters-blogathon/

13 Replies to “The Gish Sisters Blogathon!”

  1. WELL!!

    I really must decline blogathons because I’m overwhelmed! However, this won’t be the one. So I’d LOVE to take part. I want to choose one of the sisters’ early shorts to continue on my journey of watching silents new to me. I’ll let you know which I pick, if it’s OK that I choose a short film to comment on.

    I may also post a pictorial in their honor. We’ll see how time goes.

    Aurora

    1. Hurrah! Thanks for being first in line, I appreciate it tremendously!

      Yes, by all means, a short film would be a wonderful contribution! And the pictorial too, if you have time. I will put you down for both and you can let me know for sure what you want to do as the time approaches.

  2. I would love to write about INTOLERANCE at “The Joy and Agony of Movies” (lipranzer.wordpress.com), since it’s one of my all-time favorite films.

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