Classic movie fans are often huge history nerds in the bargain and what better way to celebrate our twin passions than to hold a blogathon?
While the last two events have been about chronology, this year we are focusing on specific aspects of classic film that are particularly juicy: The System, The People and The Films.
Be sure to sign up early! Our last two years were jam-packed with great participants and topics went fast!
The shindig runs August 5-10, 2016.
NEW! Short Version! (Streamlined!)
We’ve divided the event into three sections.
Movies Silently: The Systems
How movies are made!
Silver Screenings: The Films
The movies themselves!
Once Upon a Screen: The People
The folks who made the movies!
Pick your section or sections, tell us what you want to cover and you’re all set!
We also each chose some categories within our sections to start your creative juices flowing but, please, feel free to think outside the box. As long as your topic has to do with making movies, movies themselves or the people who made movies, we want you aboard!
Rules! (Because what do you think we are? Anarchists?)
- Posts can be from the dawn of cinema until 1975.
- No duplicates. No duplicates.
- No reprints
- We’d be forever grateful if you’d leave the details of your chosen topic and the category it belongs in on the corresponding host blog as listed below. And link to that blog in your post to keep thing orderly. We’ll see how that goes! FYI – the category and topic you choose determine the date to post by.
- Feel free to be imaginative – pictorials, videos, podcasts and other multimedia items are A-OK with us.
- This is an international event, posts on both Hollywood and foreign cinema are most welcome.
- To join us in this historical endeavor simply contact any one of your friendly hosts and we will add you to the roster. Please be sure to include the address of your blog, the section and topic you have chosen and the title or general nature of your topic.
- See those banners down there? Don’t you want one? Or two? Please include a banner on your blog and in your submission to help us promote the event.
- HAVE FUN!
Please send a link to the hostess you “belong” to on the appropriate day. Early posts are A-okay. We’ll assign you a day unless you specify.
The System | Day 1: August 5 (Movies Silently)
Movies Silently | Albatros!: The Mad Cinematic Adventures of Russians in Paris
Silver Screenings | Why the Studio System worked in spite of itself
Sister Celluloid | MGM hiding the Gable/Crawford Affair
The Films | Day 2: August 6 (Silver Screenings)
Silver Screenings | A half-baked defense of the Code
Cinematic Catharsis | Fact or Fiction? Nanook of the North
The People| Day 3: August 7 (Once Upon a Screen)
Cinematic Scribblings | French New Wave
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood | DW Griffith’s Influence on Hollywood and The Barrymores
The System | Day 4: August 8 (Movies Silently)
Movies Silently | Of Cossacks and Crinolines: The Brilliant Ballroom Scene of Michael Strogoff
The Last Drive-In | Jerry Goldsmith’s Scores
The Films | Day 5: August 9 (Silver Screenings)
The Last Drive-In | Keep Watching the Skies: Iconic Sci-fi of the 1950s
Moon in Gemini | Why “Duck Soup” Failed
Little Bits of Classics | Difficulties in Shooting Chaplin’s “The Circus”
Back to Golden Days | “Trail of Lonesome Pine” & 3-Strip Technicolor
The People | Day 6: August 10 (Once Upon a Screen)
SallyBlane.com | The Young Acting Family (Loretta, Polly Ann, Georgie Belzer & Sally Blane)
B Noir Detour | Fritz Lang
More Details on the Sections (because we’re classy like that)
These are sub-topics that are designed to inspire you, get your creative juices flowing. THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED. If you already have a smashing idea, feel free to skip this section.
THE SYSTEM (Hosted by Movies Silently, that’s me!)
You can write about how movies are made (editing! costume design! special effects!) or how they were marketed. Studio publicity could be pretty nutty!
And what about those cover-ups to keep the stars safe from scandal. Have I said too much? (Shhhh!)
That Hollywood look! Or is it Berlin? Paris? Tokyo? Why not talk about movie clothes? On the screen, at the Academy Awards or on the red carpet, we want to hear about the dresses, darn it!
THE FILMS (Hosted by Silver Screenings)
Cover any film from the dawn of time to 1975! What about those pre-code pictures? Oh, you naughty boy! Animation deserves attention too. Tell us about Walt Disney, Chuck Jones or Lotte Reiniger’s brilliant animated pictures!
Not every film was a success. What about infamous disasters and bombs? We want to know! Or the magical color films of every era! Enchant us with The Wizard of Oz or A Trip to the Moon.
THE PEOPLE (Hosted by Once Upon a Screen)
Who made the movies? We want to hear about the groundbreakers, the bold trailblazers! What about the big stars? What did they do before they were stars?
Hollywood has always been about family connections. Why not cover the Laemmles, the Barrymores or the Gishes? Foreign stars were regularly imported and Hollywood performers ventured abroad. Tell us their stories.