Announcement: The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon is back!

The event has begun and the roster with direct links can be found here.

Update: We have a sponsor! Flicker Alley has kindly given its support to the blogathon. Details and a movie giveaway here.

I am tickled to announce the second edition of the Classic Movie History Project. I am once again joined by my wonderful co-hosts, Aurora of Once Upon a Screen and Ruth of Silver Screenings.

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.

Example:

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!

Roster

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

1946-1949: Homecoming

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

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124 Replies to “Announcement: The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon is back!”

  1. Not sure how I missed this the first go-round, but I’d definitely be interested. Methinks I would pursue either 1928-1929: The talkie revolution or 1932-1934: The wild world of pre-Code, naturally providing asomewhat Lombard-centric take on either one (to make it work for my blog). Heck, I might do both since they are for different days, with different hosts.

      1. Think I will work on “Of Carole and pre-Code” for the 1932-1934 segment, with the angle being why Lombard wasn’t fully able to take advantage of the pre-Code era despite her beauty, sex appeal and budding talent.

  2. Hi Fritzi!

    I’d like to cover Stage Fright, a much-maligned, horribly underrated Hitchcock film that captures an interesting period of his career — after a series of Hollywood hits, he went home for a spell, and used a largely British cast. I loved the movie, but seem to be in the minority… Maybe call the post “Stage Fright: Hitchcock Goes Home”…

    Thank you,

    Janet

    1. Say Sister C., I’ll be looking forward to reading your take on “Stage Fright.” I’ve tried and tried…Hitch knows I’ve tried to get through that movie. Maybe your take will put me over the hump.

  3. One thing also: My “…And Scene!” blogathon is the same weekend! I hope you, Aurora, Ruth and everyone will participate in that as well — and you only need to write about one scene! 🙂

  4. Wow, this sounds like it would be fun, and it would be a perfect opportunity for me to use some of my academic experience and some of the things I learned from that class I just finished that covered a similar timeframe (technically we only went up to the 60’s, but that’s beside the point). The only trouble is going to be deciding what to do. I’ve already written extensively on Soviet Montage, the Production Code, my extreme dislike for a certain French New Wave auteur, and my feelings on Art Cinema. This is going to be a tough choice.

  5. I’d like to do the last MGM and Greta Garbo silent, “The Kiss” 1929, either by itself or combined with “The Single Standard” 1929, Garbo’s penultimate silent. My blog is ‘film, fashion & frivolity’. I’ve also just started a FB page similarly titled, ‘Film, fashion & frivolity’.

  6. Ooh! Ooh! Sign me up! I’m thinking a take on Rain/Sadie Thompson. Something like “Jeanne Eagels was Robbed. Why the stage’s most recognized Sadie Thompson didn’t appear in the film.”

  7. Hi there Fritizi – I would like to join the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon and tackle a silent film from the 1928 – 1929 era: “THE CROWD.” My blog’s address is: https://cinemavensessaysfromthecouch.wordpress.com/. I was also wondering, do you allow more than one blog post per your blogathon. ( I’m eyeing your wild and woolly pre-code era. ) If it’s only one post per person…I’m fine with that as well. Thanks so much. CineMaven.

    1. Hi there! Yes, please feel free to cover more than one topic. Several other bloggers have already expressed an interest in doing just that and I am thrilled at the additional participation. Let me know your pre-code angle and I will add that as well.

      1. Fritzi – my additional essay would be a short post for your 1935 – 1938 category. An Ann Harding film called”The Flame Within.”

  8. Hi, My name is Amanda Garrett and my website is http://www.oldhollywoodfilms.com. I would love to participate in the blogathon with a post in the 1950-1952 era. My post would be about Sunset Boulevard and the many other Hollywood expose films in that era, like The Bad and the Beautiful, In a Lonely Place, and The Star.

    Thanks!

  9. Having done this last year, I’m certainly up for another go-round. I’d be interested in doing 1968-72 and specifically politically-oriented films from the time, or movies that addressed the unrest of the time or events that led to that unrest, be they American (MEDIUM COOL, DRIVE, HE SAID, THE CANDIDATE) or foreign (WEEKEND, Z, INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION, STATE OF SIEGE).

      1. Thanks. This may end up being a multi-part post (and might touch on 1963-67 and 1972-75 as well, depending on how many movies I can cram in between now and then, and whether I have time to write about them all. I will keep you posted.

  10. So happy you’re doing this again. I’m going to be ambitious and take two slots if that’s ok?

    1. Barbara Stanwyck’s Pre-Code Bad Girls (Babyface / Night Nurse and maybe one other)
    2. The American Road Movie (Bonnie & Clyde / Easy Rider / Badlands) – so I think a late 1960s time frame

    Let me know if you think they’re too broad or if I’m taking up too many films? 😉

  11. I was thinking I’d like to do an article about paranoia in late 60s and 70s films, i.e. Rosemary’s Baby, The Parallax View, The Conversation.

    Is that O.K., or is it too similar to Sean’s topic?

  12. Hi Fritzi. I’m not sure if my last comment went through. I’m thinking about covering 3 topics if that’s ok? For one of my topics I want to do John Barrymore’s “Don Juan” 1926, and the introductory of Vitaphone, the sound on disc system. Don Juan was the first film in which that was introduced so I would like to write about that?

      1. It sounds fun, and the good thing is, I have the whole of next month off, so I have plenty of time. Because I do a lot of working regarding the Barrymore’s, and run a page on them, and actually want to research for a propose book, I want to do something covering Ethel Barrymore, but I’m not actually too sure of what aspects on her to cover. Do you have any ideas?

  13. Hi Fritzi – I’d like to pick 1930-1932: the early musicals if that’s okay. Some are actually from 1929, but it would be those first all talking, all singing and all dancing flicks,

  14. I would like to join, if possible! I was thinking I could do 1949-1966, covering the rise and fall of the biblical epic (beginning with “Samson and Delilah” and definitively ending with “The Bible: In the Beginning.”

      1. Hmm…I’m not sure. Probably the latter, though, so I could focus on some of the key issues raised by the genre. Would that work?

  15. Love this idea for a blogathon, which I was sorry to miss last time! I’m interested in 1958-1962: Musicals, biblical epics and the shimmy-shimmy shakes. I wanted my post to be Single Roommates in the City: The Best of Everything (1959). carygrantwonteatyou.com.

  16. Hi there, I haven’t firmed up my topic yet but I am interested in participating! Can you provisionally include me and I get back to you with firm details closer to the time? Sorry to be a pain.

  17. Hi!

    I was a little confused on how to get in touch, so I’ll just do what everyone else is doing and make a comment here!

    I’d like to sign up a couple of my blogs, if that’s okay. For my blog “Voyages Extraordinaires” (http://voyagesextraordinaires.blogspot.ca/) I’d like to post on “Scientific Romances in the Atomic Age” under the Modern category. I’m not sure exactly where it would fit, given that the subject spans from 1953 to 1970. For my associated blog “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World” (http://sirarthurconandoyleslostworld.blogspot.ca/) I’d like to post on “How the Lost World (Film) was Lost and Found Again” under the 1924-1927 category. If that’s not too much, I’m also thinking of something for the Disney-inspired blog my wife and I share… I’ll get back on that one 🙂

    Thanks! This is a great idea and I’m looking forward to participating if you’ll have me!

      1. Now I’m just being a pest! Is it alright if I change the article from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World to “William Selig’s Lost World”? I had a slight change of heart! Thank you and sorry about that!

      2. No problem at all. If memory serves, wasn’t it going to be released 1918-ish? I will slip you into that slot. Let me know if you would prefer a different placement.

  18. Hi Fritzi!!
    I would love to write about the films of Ernst Lubitsch from 1930 to 1943.It will be a great chance to re-watch some of his films again like “The Shop Around the Corner”,”Design For Living”,”To be or Not to be”.

  19. I’m probably going to regret this because of the scope of it, but can I do a brief history on the formation and studio of MGM? I wanted to start with the three individual studio’s (Metro, Goldwyn, and Mayer) and their history (covering each in separate posts put up throughout the day) and then ending on a fourth post discussing the final convergence of these three and the studio that formed out of it. In order to not get too broad, it will be, like I said, just a brief history. I would think I would post it during your day since it was formed in the silent era, but maybe another day would be appropriate.

    As you already know, my address is thecinematicpackrat.wordpress.com

    1. Sounds like a great idea. I will slip you into the 1914-1918 slot as that’s when Metro began and when Mayer made his fortune distributing Birth of a Nation.

  20. Oooohhh, so happy you’re doings this again! I’ve been inactive on my blog for a time (due to school, of course), but summer is on the way now, and I’m looking forward to posting every week again. 🙂

    Anyways, after that rabbit trail, I believe I shall write on Gilda, if that isn’t taken yet, darling?

  21. Hi There!

    This looks fantastically fun. Thank you so much for hosting.

    I’d like to do a write up on Loretta Young, starting with a couple pre-codes and talking a bit about the trajectory of her career– from sexy 30s dame to 50s our lady of the small screen.

    I’d also like to do a brief appreciation of Lizabeth Scott’s noir work.

    Would these topics fit in the blogathon?

    Thank You!

      1. Hi Fritzi-

        If it’s not too late, I’d like to make some slight changes. My Loretta Young entry will be
        “Loretta Young in ’51: Cause for Alarm.” It will include an overview of her career and an appreciation of her performance in the early ’50s noir (so it probably fits in the early 50s section now).

        The other might be titled “Queen of the Noirs: 3 Faces of Liz Scott”

        Thank you for putting putting this together. I can’t wait to start reading!

    1. RegularPop, I’ll be looking forward to reading your post on Loretta Young. I am a new fan of hers and need to read someone rational talk about her. As for Lizabeth Scott…she had me at “hello” with that husky voice of hers. Count me a devotee. Can’t wait for this blogathon to swing and sway.

      CineMaven

      1. Hi Cinemaven! Thanks for the encouragement! Can’t wait to hear your take on the great L.Y. (and about what got you hooked. I’m a recent convert too.) And I’m super interested to read about your Ann Harding pic! (She had a long career, but she’s not oft-mentioned…) Hats off to our hosts for putting this all together!

  22. Dear Fritzi;
    I wrote to Aurora late last week but wanted to touch base with you as well with MovieFanFare’s last-minute contribution to the blogathon. On Friday 6/26 I’ll be putting up a look at The WORST movies from 1939 (Not everything Hollywood put out that year was a Gone with the Wind or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, after all). I’ve also added a blogathon banner to our home page. Thanks for co-hosting.

    1. The Worst of 1939? L0L!!! Now this is a list I gotta see. But I give you fair warning Gary. If you put “The Gorilla” on that list of yours, it’ll mean WAR! 😉

  23. Hi Frizti! I would like to join in, if it’s not too late. I will be blogging about The Widescreen Splendor of Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (1959) for 1958-1962. If I understand correctly I need to have my blog posting up anytime on June 26. Is that correct?

  24. Fritzi honey—I am no longer doing the To Be or Not to Be / Great Dictator post (still showing on the roster) but AM doing the piece on newsreels, reality and fiction, and politics 1932-’33, which is correctly listed under 1932-’34.

    I *will* eventually do the Lubitsch / Chaplin piece, but not now…

    Thanks so much for hosting this thing! Wonderful stuff, can’t wait to finish writing and start reading!

    xxoo
    Lesley (secondsightcinema)

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