Announcement: The Early Women Filmmakers Blogathon in March!

THE BLOGATHON IS HERE! Click here for the roster and all the links.

After a hiatus from blogathon hosting, I am back and rarin’ to go! I was thrilled and honored when Flicker Alley invited me to host an event in celebration of their new Early Women Filmmakers box set (it will be released May 9, 2017) and I’m sure you’ll be just as excited.

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A huge thanks to all the Backstage Blogathon participants!

Whew! What a great event! A huge thanks to everyone who took part in the Backstage Blogathon, from the wonderful participants to the loyal readers. An especially huge thanks to my co-hostess, Janet of Sister Celluloid. And another big thanks to the unsung blogathon heroes: readers who left encouraging comments or helped promote other participants’ posts on social media. I’m sure all the participants greatly appreciated your generosity.

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The Backstage Blogathon is a go!

The Backstage Blogathon has launched! We already have some wonderful participation and we truly thank you for joining out little shindig. My co-host for the event is Janet of Sister Celluloid, who uses her blog to share her love of classic film in general and velvet-voiced British actors in particular. If you are not following her already, you should start. (Online, that is.)

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ANNOUNCEMENT: The Anti-Damsel Blogathon

UPDATE: Jo has posted the Saturday roster with direct links here. I have posted the Sunday roster here. Enjoy!

I’m back in the blogathon saddle and I am joined by the talented Jo of The Last Drive In. This time around, we are going to be celebrating the wonderful women of classic cinema, both real and fictional. The event will be held on August 15 & 16, 2015.

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Update: Flicker Alley is sponsoring the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon!

We are very pleased to announce that Flicker Alley is going to be sponsoring the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon. Flicker Alley has always been about releasing rare and important films in the highest quality possible and we are honored to be working with them.

(You can see our event roster here.)

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Announcement: The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon is back!

The event has begun and the roster with direct links can be found here.

Update: We have a sponsor! Flicker Alley has kindly given its support to the blogathon. Details and a movie giveaway here.

I am tickled to announce the second edition of the Classic Movie History Project. I am once again joined by my wonderful co-hosts, Aurora of Once Upon a Screen and Ruth of Silver Screenings.

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The Russia in Classic Film Blogathon is here!


It’s here at last! The Russia in Classic Film Blogathon is all about classic films made in Russia, set in Russia or feature talents born in Russia. Please enjoy the lovely selection of posts by talented bloggers. I’m sure you will be intrigued.

Flicker Alley is sponsoring this event in order to promote their wonderful new release, The House of Mystery. They are also having a drawing with the grand prize being a complete box set of the serial on DVD. Click here for complete rules and instructions on how to enter.

Participants: Once you complete your post, please send me a link via blog comment, Twitter (@MoviesSilently) or email. Be sure to link back to this page so that your fellow participants can be showcased. And since Flicker Alley has been doing so much to sponsor this event, it would be lovely if you give them a link back to their page for The House of Mystery.

There’s no place like home… unless it’s Paris

Russian emigres and expats making movies in exile.

Movies Silently | The House of Mystery (1923)

Silents, Please! | The Burning Crucible (1923)

Sister Celluloid | The Burning Crucible (1923)

Those Wacky Russians

Comedy… Russian-style!

Once Upon a Screen | Chess Fever (1925)

wolffian classics movie digest | Moscow Laughs (1934)

The Moon in Gemini | The Twelve Chairs (1970)

Movies Silently | The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)

Moon in Gemini | Chess Fever (1925)

Classic Reel Girl | Silk Stockings (1957)

Random Pictures | The House on Trubnaya (1928)

Russian Innovation

Brilliant filmmaking from Russia, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Empire.

Silver Screenings | Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

MiB’s Instant Headache | Aelita, Queen of Mars (1924)

Cinematic Frontier | Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Silent-ology | Russian posters of the 1920s

Random Pictures | Aelita, Queen of Mars (1925)

Film Grimoire | Stalker (1979)

Silents, Please! | The Happiness of Eternal Night (1915)

Cary Grant Won’t Eat You | Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

The Movie Rat | Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Cinematic Catharsis | Aelita, Queen of Mars (1925)


Russian films co-produced with other nations.

Coolsville | Nostalghia (1983)

Shameless Pile of Stuff | Dersu Uzala (1975)

totally filmi | The Russians Are Coming: some personal reflections on Indo-Soviet co-productions

Stayin’ Alive

Slices of life, culture commentary, and just generally making it in the USSR or modern Russia.

Now Voyaging | Bed and Sofa (1927)

Silent Volume | Earth (1930)

Vintage Classic Scrapbook | Old and New (1929)

filmscreed | Bed and Sofa (1927)

Novel Russia

Films based on the works (or lives) of famous authors.

Big V Riot Squad | Departure of a Grand Old Man (1912)

100 Films in a Year | The Hound of the Baskervilles (1981)

Mildred’s Fatburgers | The Brothers Karamazov (1958)

Silver Screen Modes | Crime and Punishment (1935)

Margaret Perry | Anna Karenina (1935)

The Peasants are Revolting!

Yes, and they’re rebelling too! The Russian Revolution on film.

Movies Silently | The Forty-First (1927)

Speakeasy | Scarlet Dawn (1932)

In the Gold Old Days of Classic Hollywood | Tempest (1928)

Portraits by Jenni | A Knight Without Armor (1937)

Filmi~Contrast | The Forty-First (1956)

The Great Patriotic War

Russia in World War Two.

Moving Image Source | Mission to Moscow (1943)

Ramblings of a Cinephile | Ivan’s Childhood (1962)

Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…

Adventure and escapism.

A Modern Musketeer | Soviet adventure and comedy GIF set

The Movie Rat | Peter and the Wolf (1946)

MiB’s Instant Headache | Vasilisa the Beautiful (1939)

Big V Riot Squad | Miss Mend (1926)

Mildred’s Fatburgers | Miss Mend (1926)

The Last Goddess | The Russian Soul in Marlene Dietrich’s Flicks

Flights, Tights & Movie Nights | Black Lightning (2009)

I gave my life for the czar and all I got was this lousy fur hat.

Costume films set in Russia of the past.

Timeless Hollywood | The Eagle (1925)

The Hitless Wonder | The Scarlet Empress (1934)

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies | The Emperor’s Candlesticks (1937) | Rasputin and the Empress (1932)

Critica Retro | Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible films

MovieFanFare | Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)

Russian? Russian.

Performers and other talented film folk born in Russia, the Russian Empire or the USSR.

Movie Classics | Anna Sten

Sister Celluloid | George Sanders (yes, that George Sanders)

Caftan Woman | Maria Ouspenskaya

Bunnybun’s Classic Movie Blog | Tom Conway (yes, him too)

Silver Scenes | Felix Bressart

Girls Do Film | Sonia Dulaunay: Craft, Costume & Collaboration

Century Film Project | Evgeni Bauer

Silver Scenes | Leonid Kinskey


And Jo of The Last Drive In sent over a GIFt from The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom.

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