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We believe that there is a little bit of the historian in every classic movie fan. After all, we love films that were made before we were born and, in some cases, before our parents or grandparents were born. Here is our chance to combine our love of classic film with our passion for history.
Last time, we divided the history of film into individual years with each blogger claiming one year to cover. While this method was thorough, it left some talented writers out in the cold. You see, every single slot was snapped up in just 36 hours. This time, we are taking a looser approach, one that will allow more participants to help make this event memorable, educational and fun.
We have divided the history of film from 1880 to 1975 between us. I am your Silent Era host and will be covering 1880-1929. Aurora is our Golden Age host and will be covering 1930-1952. Ruth is our Modern host and will be covering 1953-1975. We have divided our year ranges into bite-size sections. Pick your bite, tell us your angle and you’re in like Flynn!
What about duplicates?
While no exact duplicates are allowed, the topic is so broad that we are sure you will find an angle that works for you. For example, if someone is covering Rebel Without a Cause, you might cover the overall career of James Dean. That being said, if there is a section that looks a little empty, we would greatly appreciate you stepping up and making sure there are no gaps in the event.
Do I have to stay in Hollywood?
No! International cinema is welcome and encouraged. While our date ranges are based on Hollywood history, please feel free to cover cinema from any nation 1880-1975.
Can I still cover a particular year?
Yes, you can. Just make sure that your angle is different from everyone else’s. For example, if someone is already writing about why 1939 is such a great year, you might write about the Academy Award winners of ’39 or choose to focus on individual films.
Do you only accept blog posts or can I get imaginative?
You can get imaginative. Pictorials, videos, podcasts and other multimedia items are allowed.
Wow! I’m so excited that I can’t choose just one topic! Can I write in more than one category?
Yes! If you would like to take on extra categories and date ranges, please feel free to do so.
How do I join?
Contact any of your friendly hosts and we will add you to the roster. Please be sure to include the address of your blog, the section you have chosen and the title or general nature of your topic.
Hello! I would like to join in the 1880-1895 category. I want to cover Fred Ott’s Sneeze. My blog address is happypeppypeople.blogatron.com
When do I post?
We will each be hosting one day of the event in chronological order. I will be first (June 26), Aurora second (June 27) and Ruth will wrap things up (June 28).
So grab yourself a banner and get ready for a historically good time!
The Silent Era (1880-1929)
1880-1913: The early history of the the movies
Silent-ology | Overview of early film
The Movie Rat | The Muybridge Experiment
Silent Volume | The Best Pre-Feature Movies
Christy’s Inkwells | How I learned to love silent movies
Big V Riot Squad | Life of an American Director: Edwin S Porter in 1903
365 Days 365 Classics | Indian Silent Cinema
Silver Screenings | Early Trick Photography The Thieving Hand (1908)
Now Voyaging | The early directing career of Lois Weber
1914-1918: The War
Now Voyaging | Movie audience perceptions of the war
Century Film Project | Regeneration (1915)
Once Upon a Screen | Birth of Fox Studios: A Centennial Tribute
Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy | Tom Sawyer, the 1917 Film
The Cinematic Packrat | The early history of MGM
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World | William Selig’s Lost World
1919-1923: Hollywood triumphs
Movies Silently | Home Theaters of the Silent Era
A Small Press Life | Anita Loos: Females in Early Hollywood
vivandlarry.com | James Abbe: Capturing the silent screen
1924-1927: The high art of pantomime
Sepia Stories | Jeanne Eagels was Robbed. Why the stage’s most recognized Sadie Thompson didn’t appear in the film.
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood | Don Juan and the Vitaphone
Movies Silently | The Chess Player (1927)
1928-1929: The talkie revolution
film, fashion & frivolity | Garbo’s Last Silents
Critica Retro | 1928 Around the World
CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch | The Crowd (1928)
The Golden Age (1930-1952)
1930-1931: All Singing! All Dancing! All Talking!
A Person in the Dark | Early Musicals
Classic Reel Girl | Early portrayal of taxi dancers: Ten Cents a Dance (1931) and Two Seconds (1932)
Cinephilia | Lubitsch films 1930-1943
Silver Screen Modes | How Fashions Sold the Movies 1930-1940
regularpop | Loretta Young’s career
1932-1934: The wild world of pre-Code.
Carole & Co. | Of Carole and Pre-Code
Girls Do Film | Barbara Stanwyck’s Pre-Code Bad Girls
The Stop Button | The Son of Kong (1933)
Wolffian Classics Movies Digest | Bette Davis, Dame of the Screen
stevielounicks | Dinner at Eight (1933)
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood | Ethel Barrymore’s transition from stage to screen
Second Sight Cinema | Development of newsreels, real life influencing Hollywood and vice versa, and presidential politics and policy in 1932-’33.
Outspoken & Freckled | Feminism in the Pre-Code Era
CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch | Heat Lightning (1934)
Stars and Letters | Correspondence from Joseph Breen from 1934 and 1935 regarding the Production Code
1935-1938: The Code enforced and the rise of Technicolor.
Nitrate Glow | Disney’s Early Features
Silver Scenes | 1936-A Grand Year in Film
1939: The Big Year
Movie Movie Blog Blog | Laurel and Hardy’s The Flying Deuces
Smitten Kitten Vintage | The Big Year: Selections from the Biggest Year in Classic Cinema
MovieFanFare | The worst of 1939
1940-1945: Wartime cinema
Once Upon a Screen | The de Havilland Decision
The Vintage Cameo | Wartime Musicals
Speakeasy | 1943 at RKO
The Motion Pictures| For Me and My Gal (1942)
Way Too Damn Lazy to Write a Blog | Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies | What the Stars Did to Help Win the War
Shadows and Satin | Barbara Stanwyck in film noir
B Noir Detour | Wartime Cinema
Queerly Different | The Rise and Fall of the Biblical Epic (3 parts!)
Pure Golden Classics | Gilda (1946)
regularpop | Lizabeth Scott’s career
1950-1952: Realism and the Method
Sister Celluloid | Stage Fright: Hitchcock Goes Home
Old Hollywood Films | Hollywood Expose Pictures
Hitchcock’s World | Destination Moon (1950)
Caftan Woman | Adult Westerns
Criterion Blues |The Collapse of the Studio System (3 parts!)
Swinging into Modern Times (1953-1975)
1953-1957: The birth of cool
Back to Golden Days | Juvenile Delinquency: The Blackboard Jungle, The Wild One, Rebel Without a Cause
Movies Silently | After the Silents: A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Movie Mania Madness | It’s Always Fair Weather: The Musical Gets Cynical
Voyages Extraordinaires | Scientific Romances in the Atomic Age
Silver Scenes | 3-d Films of the 1950s
Cultural Civilian | Revisiting It Should Happen to You (1954) in a Reality-TV World
Let’s Go to the Movies | Love as portrayed in key films released during this time period
Totally Filmi | The Apu Trilogy
1958-1962: Musicals, biblical epics and the shimmy-shimmy shakes.
A Shroud of Thoughts | British New Wave
Cary Grant Won’t Eat You | Single Roommates in the City: The Best of Everything (1959)
Jim Fanning’s Tulgey Wood | The Widescreen Splendor of Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (1959)
1963-1967: Mod’s the word
The Last Drive In | Strong Women of Sixties Film
The Wonderful World of Cinema | 1967: An Important Turning Point in Film
Reel and Rock | The Go-Getters aka The System (1964)
That Other Critic | Batman (1966)
Classic Becky’s Brain Food | Three Big Films of 1969
No Nonsense with Nuwan Sen | Films of 1966
The Joy & Agony of Movies | Movies: 1963-67 (Topic TBA)
1968-1972: Hays is dead
Portraits by Jenni | Airport (1970)
The Joy and Agony of Movies | Films about politics and social unrest
Girls Do Film | The American Road Movie
Moon in Gemini | Paranoia in Movies
Le Mot du Cinephiliaque | The year 1968 in France’s Cinema
1972-1975: The Godfather and Jaws
Silver Screenings | Sounder: The Anti-Blaxploitation Film
Once Upon a Screen | Mel Brooks’ Take on Classic Film Genres
Crimson Kimono | The Surveillance Sleuth of The Conversation