I’m very excited! It’s time to bring back my favorite blogathon of all time, a celebration of clashing swords, wooden ships, iron men and women, etc. What am I talking about? The Swashathon!
July 14-17, 2017
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!
The main ingredients are swaggering and fun. Great costumes and music help too, as does Basil Rathbone.
You can cover an individual film, television show, 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”)
No exact duplicates, please! (If your film or star is claimed, you can attack from a different angle. For example, you might cover the swashbuckling career of Errol Flynn if Captain Blood is taken.)
I realize that life intervenes and we must always expect the unexpected. However, if you claim a popular film (The Court Jester, The Princess Bride, etc.) and 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!
Swashbuckling happened on both television and the big screen, so feel free to choose from either. Possibilities include assorted versions of the King Arthur, Robin Hood, Zorro or the Three Musketeers stories. Adaptations of works by Rafael Sabatini, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would also be excellent.
Films starring classic swashbucklers like Douglas Fairbanks (junior or senior), Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power will be quite appropriate. Lady swashbucklers are particularly welcome and encouraged.
Unclaimed Titles to Oil the Old Grey Cells:
The Princess Bride, individual Zorro films (any era), The Crimson Pirate, Captain Blood, The Black Swan, The Corsican Brothers, Start the Revolution Without Me, The Scarlet Pimpernel (any), Ivanhoe (any), Cutthroat Island (if you’re brave)
“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.
“I have this movie that has a modern setting but I feel it has the swashbuckler spirit. Can I post about it?”
Yes! Douglas Fairbanks, the godfather of all swashbuckling pictures, 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 this event Hollywood only?”
No, it’s not Hollywood only. Please feel free to choose films and television shows 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.
Movies Silently | The Black Pirate (1926)
Love Letters to Old Hollywood | The Court Jester (1955)
Karavansara | The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers (1974)
Skalpell und Katzenklaue | Robin Hood (1922)
Once Upon a Screen | Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Reelweegiemidget | Yellowbeard (1983)
Big V Riot Squad | Zorro: From Douglas Fairbanks to Antonio Banderas
Moon in Gemini | Firefly as a Swashbuckler
lifesdailylessonsblog | Nate and Hayes (1983)
Caftan Woman | Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
Sugarbang | Swashbuckler (1976)
Christina Wehner | Against All Flags (1952)
Cinematic Scribblings | That Man from Rio (1964)
Critica Retro | The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
Totally Filmi | Dharam Veer (1977)
The Century Film Project | A Modern Musketeer (1917)
David Gill on Zekefilm | Monsieur Beaucaire (1924)
Prince of Hollywood | Gunga Din (1939)
Whimsically Classic | The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Scribblings | Alan Breck of Kidnapped in Film
Maddy Loves Her Classic Films | Anne of the Indies (1951)
Classics and Craziness | The Sea Hawk (1940) and Double Crossbones (1950)
Midnight Drive-In | History of Pirates in Film
Hamlette’s Soliloquy | The Three Musketeers (1993)
Falcon Lair | The Eagle (1925)
dbmoviesblog | The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
Taking Up Room | Treasure Island (1990) and Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
Cinematic Catharsis | Captain Clegg (1962)
Silver Screenings | The Princess Bride (1987)
Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews | Captain Blood (1935)