ANNOUNCEMENT: The Backstage Blogathon

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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
Nitrateglow The Unknown
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
Cinephiliaque Contempt
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
Scribblings Upstream
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.

42nd Street
8 1/2′
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
Band wagon
Barkleys of Broadway, The
Charlie Chan at the Opera
Daffy Duck in Hollywood
Double Life, A
Easter Parade
Footlight Parade
Funny Girl
Give My Regards to Broadway
Idiot’s Delight
Jeanne Eagles
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)
Producers (1967)
Red Shoes, The
Singin’ in the Rain
Souls for Sale
Stage Door
Summer Stock
Sunset Boulevard
There’s No Business Like Show Business
They Shoot Horses Don’t They
To Be or Not to Be
Twentieth Century
Unfaithfully Yours
Unknown, The
Variety Lights
What a Great Feeling
What Price Hollywood?
Yankee Doodle Dandy
You Ought to be in Pictures
Ziegfeld Girl







92 Replies to “ANNOUNCEMENT: The Backstage Blogathon”

  1. If SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – why not THE BANDWAGON & BARKLEYS OF BROADWAY? Or have they been done to death in other blogathons

  2. Ah! This is great, I actually have a whole bunch of films on the topic collected. The timing comes as I am on holiday, though, so is it okay if I confirm closer to the time? I would probably be writing about something relatively obscure so a duplicate is unlikely πŸ™‚

  3. I would like to write about “Easter Parade” please! I hope this one qualifies. If not, my back up choice is “Top Hat”. I am excited for this one!!!

  4. Hi Fritzi. This sounds like fun. I am sorry to say that January will not be good month for me because of work and family obligations. I look forward to reading the posts.

    1. Hi there! Medium Cool is more about reporters and documentary making rather than performance art. Do you have a second choice? Feel free to email me if you have any questions!

  5. Hi Fritzi, I’d like to do one of these (in order of preference): The Bandwagon; Stormy Weather; Dance, Girl, Dance; Gypsy; The Hard Way (1943); Black Widow (1954); Lili (1953); Les Girls. Fabulous topic, such fun!

  6. Actually, on reflection, strike the previous comment and please Fritzi could I do The Gang’s All Here? That would be great!

    Thank you!

  7. I’d like to cover THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? Depressing but no turkey. Dan from

  8. This event is ideal for my memoir blog. I’d like to enter that one using the 1948 film Give My Regards to Broadway starring Dan Dailey. My link is below.

    Arlee Bird
    Wrote By Rote

  9. I wish I’d seen this sooner, as my favorite (Sunset Boulevard) is taken! I clearly need to pay more attention. My next choice is far too new (Noises Off), so put me down for The Producers! The 1967 version, of course!

  10. Hi Fritzi, Checking back about They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? I don’t see it on the list.

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