I’m happy to announce my first blogathon for 2016, the Backstage Blogathon. Janet of Sister Celluloid is joining me once again as my co-hostess.
What’s this blogathon about? Well, the film industry has always loved to make movies about itself and we are going to be taking a look at those pictures.
This won’t be limited to just movies about movies. You can write about films that cover behind-the-scenes of any performing art: ballet, stage, puppetry, opera… Use your imagination!
The film must feature performing arts as a significant part of its plot. So it’s not enough for a character to simply be a dancer (e.g. Greta Garbo in Grand Hotel), their profession must play a central part in the story and there should ideally be scenes of them on the job.
To join up, all you have to do is tell either Janet or me your film choice. All films must have been released in 1970 or before and there are no duplicates allowed. Animated films are welcome, as are foreign movies. This is a huge topic and we are confident that there will be something for everyone. If you’re not sure what to cover, take a look at the wishlist or claimed films for inspiration.
Once you sign up, you can take a banner from the bottom of this post and place it in your blog’s sidebar. We’re ecstatic to have you aboard! (We understand that life happens. If you find that you cannot make the event after all, please let us know as soon as you can so that we can free up your topic for another blogger to claim. Thanks!)
I have great behind-the-scenes stories of a famous film. Can I write about those?
No. The purpose of this event is to see how movies portray the entertainment industry. Of course, if you have some juicy anecdotes about the backstage film you are covering, feel free to include them.
What about biopics or documentaries of showbiz people?
Biopics are very welcome but no documentaries. Remember, this event is focused on how fiction films portray the performing arts.
Can I write about authors and painters?
This event centers around the performing arts. Other forms of art can be featured but the movie must feature behind-the-scenes of performances (acting, singing, dancing, etc.) as its main theme. Obviously, stories of directors, choreographers and other essential personnel will be welcome as well.
|Movies Silently||Kean (1924) and No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)|
|Sister Celluloid||Souls for Sale|
|The Last Drive In||Legend of Lyla Claire and Jeanne Eagles|
|Citizen Screen||Daffy Duck in Hollywood|
|The Motion Pictures||Annabel Takes a Tour|
|Silver Screenings||Footlight Parade|
|Now Voyaging||Show People|
|Speakeasy||The Lost Squadron|
|BNoir Detour||A Double Life|
|Christy Z||To Be or Not to Be|
|Criterion Blues||The Red Shoes|
|A Shroud of Thoughts||42nd Street|
|Carole & Co.||Twentieth Century|
|Defiant Success||Yankee Doodle Dandy|
|Loveletters to Old Hollywood||There’s No Business Like Show Business|
|Stardust||Singin’ in the Rain|
|Movie Movie Blog Blog||You Ought to be in Pictures|
|Mildred’s Fatburgers||Kiss Me Kate|
|Immortal Ephemera||What Price Hollywood?|
|Cinematic Scribblings||8 1/2′|
|Make Mine Criterion||Hellzapoppin’|
|Caftan Woman||Charlie Chan at the Opera|
|wolffian classic movie digest||The Bad and the Beautiful|
|Cinema Cities||The Barkleys of Broadway|
|Moon in Gemini||Unfaithfully Yours|
|Smitten Kitten Vintage||Easter Parade|
|The Movie Rat||Our Gang Follies of 1936|
|Tam May, Author||Stage Door|
|Critica Retro||The Phantom of the Opera (1925 & 1943)|
|The Joy and Agony of Movies||All About Eve|
|David Bruce Appreciation Society||Alice in Movieland|
|Cinema Shame||A Night at the Opera|
|Second Sight Cinema||The Gang’s All Here|
|Girls Do Film||Contempt|
|CInema Gadfly||Variety Lights|
|Wonderful World of Cinema||Lady Be Good|
|LA Explorer||Babes in Arms and Babes on Broadway|
|Welcome to my Magick Theater||Abbott and Costello in Hollywood|
|Phyllis Loves Classic Movies||What a Great Feeling and Funny Girl|
|Old Hollywood Films||Summer Stock|
|Pop Culture Pundit||Sunset Boulevard|
|Crimson Kimono||They Shoot Horses Don’t They|
|Tossing it Out||Idiot’s Delight|
|Wrote by Rote||Give My Regards to Broadway|
|The Love Pirate||Producers (1967)|
|BB Creations||Band wagon|
|Laini Giles||Ziegfeld Girl|
Alphabetical List of Claimed Films
When an event gets big, it’s sometimes hard to tell which films are claimed and which are still open. I hope this alphabetized list helps. Remember, all the films on this list are spoken for.
|Abbott and Costello in Hollywood|
|Alice in Movieland|
|All About Eve|
|Annabel Takes a Tour|
|Babes in Arms|
|Babes on Broadway|
|Bad and the Beautiful, The|
|Barkleys of Broadway, The|
|Charlie Chan at the Opera|
|Daffy Duck in Hollywood|
|Double Life, A|
|Give My Regards to Broadway|
|Kiss Me Kate|
|Lady Be Good|
|Legend of Lyla Claire|
|Lost Squadron, The|
|Night at the Opera, A|
|No Way to Treat a Lady|
|Our Gang Follies of 1936|
|Phantom of the Opera (1925 & 1943)|
|Red Shoes, The|
|Singin’ in the Rain|
|Souls for Sale|
|There’s No Business Like Show Business|
|They Shoot Horses Don’t They|
|To Be or Not to Be|
|What a Great Feeling|
|What Price Hollywood?|
|Yankee Doodle Dandy|
|You Ought to be in Pictures|