The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon!

Since we published the announcement for the upcoming Classic Movie History Project Blogathon the enthusiasm and response have been extraordinary!  I expect it’ll get even more so now that Flicker Alley is sponsoring the event and including an exciting opportunity to win a rare 3-D collection!  A huge THANKS must go their way with particular kudos to Kimberly Bastin, Digital Media Strategist for Flicker Alley who’s a pleasure to work with.

Following are all the details for the new and improved Classic Movie History Project Blogathon, which I am honored to co-host with Fritzi of Movies, Silently and Ruth of Silver Screenings.  Since there’s no need for me to reinvent the wheel, this announcement is straight from Fritzi, queen of blogathon hostesses, if I may say.

Important:  If you’ve already signed up for the blogathon, please be sure to update the banner so that you promote the event with the Flicker Alley sponsorship included.  All new banners are included in this post followed by the blogathon/topic details.

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.

Flicker Alley’s sponsorship is in honor of two exciting (and historical) releases:

Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly-Restored Works: Vertov’s masterpiece gets the Blu-ray treatment. The set also includesKino-Eye, Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass, and Three Songs About Lenin.


3-D Rarities: This collection will be released to commemorate the centenary of the world’s very first 3D exhibition in June 1915. It includes rare material from the 1920s all the way to the 1950s. The collection is compatible with 3D TVs and players but it will also play on normal home video equipment.


The best part? You might just win a copy of that groovy 3D set.

This could be you! (image via Flicker Alley)


Flicker Alley is going to be giving away a copy of their 3-D Rarities collection for the event. The prize will ship after its release date (June 2015 at the earliest but possibly later). And since we know many of you online and some of you in real life, Flicker Alley will be handling all aspects of the contest and winner selection.

This drawing will be open to readers and participants alike but entry will be limited to residents of the United States and Canada only. Entering is easy. Just follow this link, sign on to the newsletter and you’re in like Flynn! The contest closes on the last day of the blogathon, June 28. If you are the winner, Flicker Alley will contact you via email within 30 days.

Here are the complete rules:

Open to residents of the United States and Canada only. Void where prohibited. Contest ends June 28, 2015. Winner will be chosen at random by Flicker Alley, LLC. The winners will be notified by email within 30 days of the closing date. If the winners cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. The prize has a retail value of $39.95 USD. By submitting this form, you are granting: Flicker Alley, LLC,, permission to email you. You can revoke permission to mail to your email address at any time using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email.

(By the way – Bob Furmanek, Founder and CEO of the 3-D Film Archive has invited me to attend the premiere of 3-D Rarities at New York’s MoMA on June 13th  I couldn’t be more excited and will share my post-premiere thoughts on this blog.)

Anyway – the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon is a great opportunity to get your blog noticed as Flicker Alley is going to be promoting the event. What do participants have to do? Not much. Just update your banners and bask in the extra publicity and prestige. Get ready for a grand time.

For your consideration – Eras and sub-topics with list of participating blogs

Complete Roster

The Silent Era (1880-1929)

1880-1895: Eadweard Muybridge and the Black Maria: The birth of the movies

Silent-Ology – Early History of Film

The Movie Rat – The Muybridge Experiment

1896-1900: From novelty to art: The movies increase in popularity

Silent Volume – The Best Pre-Feature Movies

Christy’s Inkwells – How I learned to Love Silent Movies

1901-1907: The first hits: Melies, Edison and the blockbuster

Big V Riot Squad – Life of an American Director: Edwin S Porter in 1903

1908-1913: Nickelodeon! The movies in the mainstream

365 Days 365 Classics – India’s Silent Era Movies

Silver Screenings – Early Trick Photography The Thieving Hand (1908)

Now Voyaging – The Early Career of Lois Weber

1914-1918: The War and the feature film: The move away from shorts

Now Voyaging – Movie audience perceptions of the war

Century Film Project – Regeneration (1915)

Once Upon a Screen – Birth of Fox Studio – a centennial tribute

Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy – Tom Sawyer (1917)

The Cinematic Packrat – Brief History of MGM

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World – William Selig’s Lost World

1919-1923: Hollywood triumphs: Post-war dominance

One Press Life – Anita Loos: Females in Early Hollywood

Movies, Silently – Home Theatres of the Silent Era

Viv and Larry – James Abbe: Capturing the silent screen

1924-1927: The high art of pantomime: The silent film reaches artistic heights

Sepia Stories -Jeanne Eagels was Robbed. Why the stage’s most recognized Sadie Thompson didn’t appear in the film.

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – John Barrymore in Don Juan and the introduction to Vitaphone

1928-1929: The last of the silents: The talkie revolution

Films, Fashion & Frivolity – Garbo’s Last Silents

Critica Retro – 1928 Around the World

CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch – The Crowd (1928)

The Golden Age (1930-1952)

1930-1931: All Singing! All Dancing! All Talking! The end of the sound transition.

A person in the Dark – Early Musicals

Classic Reel Girl – Early portrayal of taxi dancers: Ten Cents a Dance (1931) and Two Seconds (1932)

Cinephilia – Lubitsch Films (1930-1943)

Silver Screen Modes – How Fashions Sold the Movies: 1930-1940

regularpop – Career of Loretta Young

1932-1934: Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? The wild world of pre-Code.

Carole & Co. – Of Carole and Pre-Code

Girls Do Film – Barbara Stanwyck’s Pre-Code Bad Girls

The Stop Button – Son of Kong

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest – Bette Davis, dame of the screen

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Ethel Barrymore’s transition from stage to screen

Stevielounicks – Dinner at Eight

Second Sight Cinema – Development of newsreels, real life influencing Hollywood and vice versa, and presidential politics and policy in 1932-’33.

Outspoken & Freckled – Feminism in the Pre-Code Era

CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch – Heat Lightning

Stars and Letters – Correspondence from Joseph Breen from 1934 and 1935 regarding the Production Code

1935-1938: Let’s misbeha— I mean, lovely day, isn’t it? The Code enforced and the rise of Technicolor.

Nitrate Glow – Disney’s Early Features

Silver Scenes – 1936- A Grand Year in Film

CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch (Guest post by Fernando) – The Flame Within

1939: The Big Year. Selections from the biggest year in classic cinema.

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Laurel and Hardy in The Flying Deuces

Smitten Kitten Vintage – 1939: The Big Year

Movie Fan Fare – The worst of 1939

1940-1945: We’ll murdelize that paper hanger! Wartime cinema

The Vintage Cameo – Wartime Musicals

Speakeasy – 1943 at RKO

The Motion Pictures – For Me and My Gal

Way too damn lazy to write a blog – Christmas in Connecticut

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies – What the Stars Did to Help Win the War

Shadows and Satin – Barbara Stanwyck in Film Noir

I Heart Ingrid – Hedy Lamarr: Smoking Hot Genius

1946-1949: Homecoming

B Noir Detour – Wartime Cinema: Gentleman’s Agreement, Crossfire, A Double Life

Queerly Different – The Rise and Fall of the Biblical Epic Part 1

Pure Golden Classics – Gilda

regularpop – Lizabeth Scott’s career

1950-1952: Realism and the Method: New directions

Sister Celluloid – Stage Fright: Hitchcock Goes Home

Old Hollywood Films – Hollywood Expose Pictures (Sunset Blvd, The Bad and the Beautiful)

Hitchcock’s World – Destination Moon 

Caftan Woman – Adult Westerns

Criterion Blues – The Collapse of the Studio System Part 1

Criterion Blues – The Collapse of the Studio System Part 2

Criterion Blues – The Collapse of the Studio System Part 3

Swinging into Modern Times (1953-1975)

1953-1957: Rebels with and without causes: The birth of cool

Back to Golden Days – Juvenile Deliquency: The Wild One, Blackboard Jungle, Rebel Without a Cause

Movies, Silently – After the Silents: A Face in the Crowd

Movie Mania Madness – It’s Always Fair Weather – The Musical Gets Cynical

Voyages Extraordinaires – Scientific Romances in the Atomic Age

Silver Scenes – 3-D Films of the 1950s

Cultural Civilian – Revisiting It Should Happen to You (1954) in a Reality-TV World

Queerly Different – The Rise and Fall of the Biblical Epic Part 2

Let’s Go to the Movies – Love as portrayed in key films released in this time period

Totally Filmi – The Apu Trilogy

1958-1962: A little song, a little dance, a lot of people with no pants: Musicals, biblical epics and the shimmy-shimmy shakes.

A Shroud of Thoughts – British New Wave

Cary Grant Won’t Eat You – Single Roommates in the City: The Best of Everything (1959)

Queerly Different – The Rise and Fall of the Biblical Epic Part 3

Jim Fanning’s Tulgey Wood – The Widescreen Splendor of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty

Jack Deth for Paula’s Cinema Club – Roger Corman

1963-1967: Mod’s the word: And then things started to swing

The Last Drive-In – The Bold and the Beautiful: Strong Women of Sixties Film

The Wonderful World of Cinema – 1967: An Important Turning Point in Films

Reel and Rock – The Girl-Getters aka The System (1964)

The Other Critic – Batman (1966)

Classic Becky’s Brain Food – 3 Big Films 1969: Midnight Cowboy, Sterile Cuckoo, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

No Nonsense with Nuwan Sen – 1966: The Year dubbed as Nineteen Sexty Sex

The Joy and Agony of Movies – 1963-1967

1968-1972: Hays is dead: The end of the Code

Portraits by Jenni – Airport

The Joy and Agony of Movies – Films about politics and civil unrest

Girls Do Film – The American Road Movie: Bonnie and Clyde, Easy Rider, Badlands

Moon in Gemini – Paranoia in Movies

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque – 1968 in France’s Cinema

1972-1975: The Godfather and Jaws: Auteur films and the modern blockbuster

Silver Screenings – Sounder (1972), anti-Blaxplotation film

Once Upon a Screen – Mel Brooks’ Take on Classic Movie Genres

Crimson Kimono – The Surveillance Sleuth of “The Conversation”

The Joy and Agony of Movies – 1972-1975







 The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon (2015)

If you’re interested in submitting an entry to the blogathon, here are some guidelines:

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.


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

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!

We hope you’ll join us – HAPPY BLOGGING!

33 thoughts

  1. This is my first blogathon (I know, total n00b), so I need to ask: do I just put the banner on the specific blogathon post?

    1. Ask away! That’s what we’re here for! 🙂 yes, you include it plus a link back to the host(s) in your post. It’d be great to include the banner on your blog’s home page as well to help promote, but that’s not feasible for everyone.


      1. I’d love to include it on my home page, but I don’t currently have a static home page. I’ll see what the static option looks like on my theme.

          1. Oh, and by “I’ll check,” I really meant I’ll check when I get back to my hotel. I’m in Disney World [ 🙂 ], sans laptop, of course. 😦

          2. It didn’t work out. 😦
            Sometimes I love my theme, sometimes I don’t.

  2. This is great news. Can I trouble you to change my topic? Rather than focusing on Bracket and Wilder, can I just do “The End of the Studio System” as my topic? It’ll be a long form piece and I’ll take it from anti-studio legislation in the 1940s to divorcement and reduced dominance of the 1950s. It could stay in the same category of the early 1950s because that’s when the dominoes started falling.

  3. Oooh, oooh, oooh! ( as Officer Toddy would say ) Could you put us down for “1936 – A Grand Year in Film” and “The 3-D Films of the 1950s”. Believe it or not, we picked that topic before we found out that Flicker Alley was giving away a 3-D set. Hot diggity! ( Silver Scenes ) – Diana & Constance Metzinger

  4. Hi Aurora, I see I’m not included in your list. I had left a comment on Fritzi’s blog. Anyway, can you still include me? I have some interesting correspondence from 1934 and 1935 from Joseph Breen regarding the Production Code.


    1. Hi Janet! That’s totally my fault. I must have refreshed the incomplete list. I’ll correct it in a bit. We cannot do without you or your topic!!


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