Announcement: The Classic Movie History Project (2015)

I thank you so much for your interest in this historical blogging event!  Be aware that new and exciting additions have been made to this event.  For complete details please visit the updated announcement, which includes the complete roster of entries.
Note also that the event banners have been updated.
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One of my favorite blogging events of 2014 was the Classic Movie History Project, which was the brainchild of Fritzi Kramer at Movies, Silently.  I, along with Ruth of Silver Screenings, co-hosted the event with Fritzi and we’re all back for a bigger and better second edition.

Following is the official announcement, which was written by Fritzi.  Included throughout this post are the gorgeous event banners – designed by Fritzi.  Ruth has done lots of behind-the-scenes work already and I’ve…uh…been sitting on the sidelines looking pretty.  Or…looking in any case.  But really, I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of this and will promote the heck out of it in hopes you’ll join us.  So, without further ado…

The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon (2015)

We are tickled to announce the second edition of the Classic Movie History Project. I am once again joined by my wonderful co-hosts, Fritzi of Movies, Silently and Ruth of Silver Screenings.

We believe that there is a little bit of the historian in every classic movie fan. After all, we love films that were made before we were born and, in some cases, before our parents or grandparents were born. Here is our chance to combine our love of classic film with our passion for history.

Last time, we divided the history of film into individual years with each blogger claiming one year to cover. While this method was thorough, it left some talented writers out in the cold. You see, every single slot was snapped up in just 36 hours. This time, we are taking a looser approach, one that will allow more participants to help make this event memorable, educational and fun.

We have divided the history of film from 1880 to 1975 between us. Fritzi is your Silent Era host and will be covering 1880-1929. I (Aurora) will be hosting the Golden Age from 1930-1952 and Ruth is our Swingin’ host and will be covering 1953-1975. We have divided our year ranges into bite-size sections, which are listed below. Pick your bite, tell us your angle and you’re in like Flynn!

What about duplicates?

While no exact duplicates are allowed, the topic is so broad that we are sure you will find an angle that works for you. For example, if someone is covering Rebel Without a Cause, you might cover the overall career of James Dean. That being said, if there is a section that looks a little empty, we would greatly appreciate you stepping up and making sure there are no gaps in the event.

Do I have to stay in Hollywood?

No! International cinema is welcome and encouraged. While our date ranges are based on Hollywood history, please feel free to cover cinema from any nation 1880-1975.

Can I still cover a particular year?

Yes, you can. Just make sure that your angle is different from everyone else’s. For example, if someone is already writing about why 1939 is such a great year, you might write about the Academy Award winners of ’39 or choose to focus on individual films.

Do you only accept blog posts or can I get imaginative?

You can get imaginative. Pictorials, videos, podcasts and other multimedia items are allowed.

How do I join?

Contact any of your friendly hosts and we will add you to the roster. Please be sure to include the address of your blog, the section you have chosen and the title or general nature of your topic.

Example:

Hello! I would like to join in the 1880-1895 category. I want to cover Fred Ott’s Sneeze. My blog address is happypeppypeople.blogatron.com.

Wow! I’m so excited that I can’t choose just one topic! Can I write in more than one category?

Yes! If you would like to take on extra categories and date ranges, please feel free to do so.

When do I post?

We will each be hosting one day of the event in chronological order. Fritzi will be first, I will be second and Ruth will wrap things up.

So grab yourself a banner and get ready for a historically good time!

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Complete list of participating blogs and topics can be found here.

Happy blogging!

111 thoughts

  1. Ooh, I totally missed this last time, so I’m all in for the revised format! 🙂

    How about…. 1940-1945, Wartime musicals?

    My blog is The Vintage Cameo / thevintagecameo.com Thanks!

        1. OK – for now I will list your topic under the 1908-1913 year range. Let me know if it is better suited for another year span. Thanks for joining us!

          1. Yes, that would great! I will reply with the exact topic tomorrow, when I have much clearer idea about it. Thanks for this, it is very exciting!

  2. I was thinking of doing a post about movies dealing with soldiers coming back from the war…the 1946-1949 Homecoming? Right now I’m thinking about THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and TILL THE END OF TIME, sort of compare and contrast. But I’m looking for more examples so that might change a bit. Would this work?
    My blog is nowvoyaging.wordpress.com

  3. I just watched Airport, 1970, for the second time, hadn’t seen it in ages. I read the book and it’s a good read. I hadn’t realized the heavy topics and dilemmas faced by Dean Martin’s co-pilot, and his love but not his wife, Jacqueline Bisset, would be so openly discussed in the film, no hidden messages due to the Hays code being gone. So, put me down for Airplane-I’ll have it posted on 6/26th right before I head out the door for a vacation. 🙂

  4. Oops- I mean Airport! The oldest kid, 23, home for the summer from college, watched it with me and he kept comparing it to Airplane!! He loved the slapping scenes in Airport. 🙂

  5. YAY! Yes, any topic – including film or person – that falls under the eras noted. Reach out when you think of your topic. In the meantime I’ll list you in the ‘Topic TBA’ section. Thanks for joining us!

  6. I would like to cover 1939: The Big Year. Selections from the biggest year in classic cinema. Smitten Kitten Vintage smittenkittenvintage.wordpress.com. Thanks!!

  7. I have been looking for a good reason to write about “It’s Always Fair Weather.” How about “It’s Always Fair Weather – The Musical Gets Cynical,” since it’s such a unique musical and it has an interesting historical twist as a satire on television. My blog is MovieManiaMadness.wordpress.com.

  8. Hi Aurora. For one of my choices I would like to cover John Barrymore in “Don Juan” 1926, and the introduction to Vitaphone. Don Juan was the first film that featured Vitaphone, the sound on disc system, so I would like to write about Don Juan and how it was first released in that film etc. It’s a significant piece of cinema history. I still have to decide on my second choice

    My blog is : In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood.

  9. Hey Aurora,

    I’d love to do a post about the making of “Son of Kong” in 1933. It was such a rush job, thought it’d be interesting to look into and talk about. What do you think?

    My blog’s The Stop Button.

    Thanks!
    Andrew

  10. I’m not sure if I saw this category yesterday and it’s been taken or not. I’m big on the British New wave cinema esp. after it started blending in with rock & roll and youth culture. A favorite (and less well-known) example is “The Girl Getters” (aka “The System”) with David Hemmings, Oliver Reed and Julia Foster w/ cinematography by Nicolas Roeg. It’s from 1964 and is a good link between the earlier “kitchen sink realism” and the later Swinging 60s films. Please let me know. My blog is Reel and Rock.

    1. Hello, Rick. A category of British New Wave has been chosen, but a commentary on a particular film would be fine. It sounds great, actually. If that works for you I’ll add you to the list later today.

        1. Oh, and your choice falls under the last era so we will promote it on June 28th. It’d be great if you can have it published by the 27th.

    1. Thank YOU, Joey! Will add you to the list later today. Which era would you suggest I place your entry under? Ms Davis had a long career. 🙂

  11. How about Wilder and Bracket: Kings that Watched the Studio System Burn (A Foreign Affair, Sunset Blvd, Ace in the Hole)?
    It’ll be about how the pair had total power at Paramount among the backdrop of the Paramount Decision and the subsequent end of the studio system. Their power and the desperation of the studios allowed them to make whatever they wanted.

        1. Great! I’ll probably put up a piece about the end of the studio system beforehand and then work the films in. I know someone already chose Sunset Blvd, but it’ll be hard to cover this without much overlap. Hope that’s okay. Looking forward to it!

  12. I would LOVE to participate in this … I’d like to do something I haven’t done on my blog — discuss three movies released in 1969. Midnight Cowboy, The Sterile Cuckoo and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? At least, that’s my choices now. I will definitely do Midnight Cowboy — I may have ideas for the other two, but I will check with you to make sure my final picks will work out. Actually, I need to tell this to Ruth, so I will do a comment on her blog. I’m so excited!

    1. WOWZA!!! What a trio, Becky! You’re on the list and can’t wait for your commentary. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? is a movie I’ve always wanted to comment on, but have yet to get to it. It’s unforgettable! I’m thrilled you’re joining us for this. 🙂

      Aurora

  13. So I told myself I was going to take a break from entering blogathons (was going to sit back and enjoy them instead)….but this is too good to pass up, plus it’s during the summer. I would like to do a piece on the early portrayal of taxi dancers: Ten Cents a Dance (1931) and Two Seconds (1932).

  14. Hi Bonnie! I’m not hosting or taking part in any blogathons either. :/ SEE how successful I’ve been at that! I’m thrilled you’re joining us and love your topic! 🙂

    Aurora

  15. Hey!—I’m changing my topic from the Great Dictator / To Be or Not to Be… to the development of newsreels, real life influencing Hollywood and vice versa, and presidential politics and policy in 1932-’33. That’s for secondsightcinema.com… and thank you so much for hosting this spectacular event!

  16. Reblogged this on The Movie Rat and commented:
    I’ve been meaning to keep up on the blogathons I will be a part of by re-blogging for some time. It’s a habit I was not in long enough.

    Anyway, this is one I’m very excited to be involved in. I’m taking a small, but very important topic that paved the way for the motion picture before cameras even started rolling: The Muybridge Experiment.

  17. I’d love to get involved in the 1953-1957 group looking at the romance involved in the following films:

    Gentle Prefer Blondes
    A Star is Born
    Guys and Dolls
    Lady and the Tramp
    The Seven Year Itch
    The king and I
    High Society
    An Affair to Remember

    Can’t think of a title for my post yet though, but just comparing and how some of the love was maybe not so pure to begin with.

  18. Dear Aurora;
    Sorry MovieFanFare’s coming in a little last-minute to the party, but I’d like to get in on the historical fun. On Friday 6/26 I’ll be putting up a look at what the WORST movies from 1939 were (not everything Hollywood put out that year was Gone with the Wind or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington). I’d also added a blogathon banner to our home page. Thanks. .

  19. Hi Gary! I’m thrilled you’re joining us and so sorry I didn’t reply sooner. I’m just seeing this comment now since we have an updated announcement. I’m adding you to the list. YAY!! The banners have also been updated to reflect the Flicker Alley sponsorship.

    Aurora

    1. Aurora, I am preparing my post for the blogathon and wanted to know what the procedure is. Do we post it to our own blog and send you the link? I have not participated in one before. Thanks, Rick

      1. Hi Rick! Yes. Reach out with the direct link to your post when it’s published so we can link to it. Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

        Aurora

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