I know that I just wrapped the Anti-Damsel Blogathon but I wanted to make sure to claim this date for my next event. I’ve been eyeing it for over a year. Here’s the story:
1915 is the centennial year of Douglas Fairbanks’ movie debut. On November 7, 1915, he released The Lamb and films were never the same again. (Technically, it was his second film but it was released first, so there.) Fairbanks practically invented the swashbuckler movie genre and so I wanted to do something special to celebrate his anniversary.
On November 7, 8 and 9, I will be hosting a wild and adventurous event featuring the finest swashbucklers in the history of cinema! You are invited to join in.
1: a swaggering or daring soldier or adventurer
2: a novel or drama dealing with a swashbuckler
What’s a swashbuckler? Whatever you think a swashbuckler is! It can be a costume film but don’t be afraid to try more modern fare as well. The main ingredients are swaggering and fun.
You can cover an individual film, performer or you can write an article about an aspect of the genre or even create your personal best list (e.g. “Top 5 Best Sword Fights”)
All movies have to have been released in or before 1970. All television shows must have debuted in or before 1970. All swashbuckler stars must have been active before 1970.
If a films stars a Fairbanks (Senior or Junior) then it’s okay by me, even if it is not technically a swashbuckler. The anniversary boy (and son) deserve it.
Thinking outside the box is both welcome and encouraged.
No duplicates, please!
I realize that life intervenes and we must always expect the unexpected. However, if you find you cannot take part, please let me know as soon as you can so that I can mark your topic as free once again. Thanks so much!
“I’ve never done a blogathon before. Help!”
It’s easy! Just tell me your film of choice and then place one of banners in your blog sidebar to advertise the blogathon. On or before the days on the event, send me your link and I will post it for all to see. Blogathons are a great way to spread the word about your blog and increase traffic for everyone and so I recommend them to new bloggers looking to build their audience.
Please feel free to ask if you have any questions. If something is not clear to you, chances are there are others who feel the same way and will appreciate you asking.
“Does my movie have to star a Fairbanks?”
No. While films starring Douglas Fairbanks (senior and junior) are welcome and encouraged, please feel free to claim a movie starring Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power or anyone who takes your fancy.
“I have this movie that has a modern setting but I feel it has the swashbuckler spirit. Can I post about it?”
Yes! Fairbanks actually started out in modern films and they contained plenty of bold adventure and the skillful stunts we expect in swashbuckling films. So in the spirit of celebrating Fairbanks, similar films will be allowed at the event. While I expect that most participants will choose something historical, you are welcome to bring the spirit of the swashbuckler into modern times.
“I want to post about a swashbuckler that has comedy or fantasy elements. Is that okay?”
Yes, comedies and fantasies that display the swashbuckler spirit are very welcome.
“The movie I want to cover is a foreign language release, is that okay?”
Yes, please feel free to choose films made anywhere in the world.
“I want to cover the lives of the men and women who made swashbuckler films.”
Please do! Tell their whole life story or pick fascinating anecdotes. Whatever you like.
“Okay, why the 1970 cutoff date?”
I want this event to primarily focus on the classic swashbucklers. Plus, it saves us all from films starring Kevin Costner and Charlie Sheen. Blech! The Princess Bride is, unfortunately, out of the date range but it’s worth it to avoid the horrors I have just described.
Still not sure what to cover?
Here are a few ideas (but feel free to pick films that aren’t listed here, these are just suggestions):
Anne of the Indies (1951), Zorro’s Black Whip (1944), The Spanish Main (1945), At Sword’s Point (1952)
Arabian Nights Swashbucklers:
The Thief of Bagdad (1940), The Son of the Sheik (1926), The Golden Blade (1952)
Highwaymen: Dick Turpin (1925),
The Wicked Lady (1945)
Silly Swashbucklers: Rupert of Hee Haw (1924, Stan Laurel), The Shriek of Araby (1923),
The Princess and the Pirate (1944), The Great Race (1965), The Three Musketeers (1939 spoof version), Robin Hood Daffy (1958)
French Swashbucklers: Captain Fracasse (1929), The Black Tulip (1964), Fanfan la Tulipe (1952)
The Three Musketeers (1921), Monte Cristo (1922, John Gilbert), The Count of Monte Cristo (1934), The Iron Mask (1929), The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
In Like Flynn: The Prince and the Pauper (1937), Kim (1950), The Warriors (1955), The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
Those Fairbanks Boys:
A Modern Musketeer (1917), Robin Hood (1922), Don Q Son of Zorro (1925), Sinbad the Sailor (1947), The Exile (1947)
Swashbuckling Television: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955-1959), Zorro (1957-1959),
Dr. Syn, the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1963)
Outside the Box:
(Modern films that embody the swashbuckler spirit. Can you think of more?)
Desperate Journey (1942), The Green Archer (1940),
All Through the Night (1941)
Movies Silently | The Fighting Eagle (1927) and Flying Fairbanks: The man, the movies, the stunts
Serendipitous Anachronisms | The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
Le Mot du Cinephiliaque| The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Holmfirth Silents | Robin Hood (1922)
Once Upon a Screen | The Mark of Zorro (1940)
MovieMovieBlogBlog | The Mark of Zorro (1920) and The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950)
The Joy and Agony of Movies | The Crimson Pirate (1952)
Moon in Gemini | Captain Blood (1935) and Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
Outspoken and Freckled | Against All Flags (1952)
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood | The Beloved Rogue (1927) & When a Man Loves (1927) (Barrymore Swashbucklers)
Karavansara | The Court Jester (1955)
Mildred’s Fatburgers | Scaramouche (1923)
Destroy All Fanboys! | The Pirate (1948)
Scribblings | Rupert of Hentzau through the ages
Mind of LeVine | Gunga Din (1939)
A Shroud of Thoughts | The Black Swan (1942)
Critica Retro | The Black Pirate (1926)
Sister Celluloid | The WWI service of Basil Rathbone and others
100 Films in a Year | The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
wolffian classics movies digest | The Prince and the Pauper (1938)
Now Voyaging | The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
Nitrate Diva | The Three Must-Get-Theres (1922)
The Last Drive-In | The Sea Hawk (1924)
The Hitless Wonder | The Sea Hawk (1940)
David Bruce Appreciation Society | Real-life sea adventures of Errol Flynn and David Bruce
Love Letters to Old Hollywood | A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
Portraits by Jenni | The Corsican Brothers (1941)
Cinemaven’s Essays from the Couch | Anne of the Indies (1951)
Silver Screenings | The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
Speakeasy | The Wicked Lady (1945)
Cary Grant Won’t Eat You | Frenchman’s Creek (1944)
Smitten Kitten Vintage | The Iron Mask (1929) and The Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
Back to Golden Days | The Three Musketeers (1948)
Special Purpose Movie Blog | The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935)
Princess April Morning Glory | A Modern Musketeer (1917)
Cinephilia | Ivanhoe (1952)
The Movie Rat | Robin Hood Daffy (1958)
Caftan Woman | The Son of Monte Cristo (1940)
Cinematic Frontier | All Through the Night (1941)
The Stop Button | The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
MovieFanFare | Arabian Nights (1942)
Musings of an Introvert | Jamaica Inn (1939) and The Buccaneer (1958)
Silver Scenes | The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) and Dr. Syn (1964)
Second Sight Cinema | Beau Geste (1939)
Totally Filmi | Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1952)
Paul M. Cobb | The Golden Blade (1953)
Big V Riot Squad | Cisco Kid
Timeless Hollywood | The Three Musketeers (1921)