Day two of The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon has arrived. I hope you have your thinking caps back on after yesterday’s silent lesson.
Before the fun begins, a few thank yous – to Fritzi and Ruth, my co-hosts, wonderful bloggers and friends with whom I share this journey into the history of the movies. To all participating bloggers – your passion and talent floor me. And last, but certainly not least, to our sponsor Flicker Alley, which is supporting the event in honor of its release of Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly-Restored Works and 3-D Rarities, which Ruth got a chance to review.
Hosted by Fritzi at Movies, Silently the first day of the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon featured movies and players that broke ground, set the stage and exhibited eye-popping talent in realms no one could have ever imagined. Tomorrow Ruth of Silver Screenings will host the modern era during which rebels and epics filled wider screens. Today the golden age takes center stage, the period in the movies that brought forth an astounding convergence of talent, skill and experience that met the demands of record-breaking theater attendance. Not all was “golden” in the golden era, however. As you will see by the blogathon entries there was plenty of angst and bitterness portrayed on-screen during this time in movie history to counteract the exuberance of the grand musicals. In short, whatever your movie poison might be you could get in the theaters of the golden age when dreams were streamlined by a well-oiled machine.
If you missed yesterday’s entries, which is where you should start this lesson, visit The Silent Era.
Then move on to…
The Golden Age
I will be updating links to the submissions as they come in so be sure to check back often.
1930-1931: All Singing! All Dancing! All Talking! The end of the sound transition.
A person in the Dark – Early Musicals: Throw it on the wall and see what sticks
Classic Reel Girl – Pre-Code Portrayals of Taxi Dancers
Cinephilia – Lubitsch Films (1930-1943)
Silver Screen Modes – When Fashion Sold the Movies: 1930-1940
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
Second Sight Cinema – Newsreels of the Early 1930s: The Two-Way Mirror Between Fact and Fiction
Outspoken & Freckled – Women in Film 1932-1934
CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch – Heat Lightning
Stars and Letters – Joseph Breen and the Production Code
Girls Do Film – Pre-Code Morals – Barbara Stanwyck’s 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
1935-1938: Let’s misbeha— I mean, lovely day, isn’t it? The Code enforced and the rise of Technicolor.
Nitrate Glow – Feature Films of Disney’s Golden Age
CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch (Guest post by Fernando) – The Flame Within
Silver Scenes – 1936: A Grand Year in Film
1939: The Big Year. Selections from the biggest year in classic cinema.
Movie Movie Blog Blog – The Story behind Laurel and Hardy’s The Flying Deuces (1939)
Movie Fan Fare – The worst of 1939
1940-1945: We’ll murdelize that paper hanger! Wartime cinema
The Vintage Cameo – Classic Movie History: Wartime Musicals
Speakeasy – RKO in 1943
The Motion Pictures – For Me and My Gal as Wartime Cinema
Way too damn lazy to write a blog – Christmas in Connecticut a.k.a. The Christmas Movie According to Babs
Shadows and Satin – Barbara Stanwyck and Film Noir
I Heart Ingrid – Hedy Lamarr: Smoking Hot Genius
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies – What the Stars Did to Help Win the War
Queerly Different – The Rise and Fall of the Biblical Epic Part 1
Pure Golden Classics – Gilda: The Ultimate Film Noir
regularpop – Three Faces of Lizabeth Scott: Queen of the Noirs
B Noir Detour – Wartime Cinema: Gentleman’s Agreement, Crossfire, A Double Life
1950-1952: Realism and the Method: New directions
Sister Celluloid – Stage Fright: Hitchcock Goes Home
Old Hollywood Films – Beyond Sunset Boulevard: The Hollywood Noirs of the 1950s
Hitchcock’s World – One Small Step for Man…
Caftan Woman – Westerns Thrive in a New Decade
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
regularpop – No Way to Treat a Lady: Loretta Young