Jean Arthur channels her inner film historian.

If we’re honest with ourselves, we classic movie bloggers would admit we’re also history geeks. For example – don’t laugh – last summer we (as in, yours truly) read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, a book we can barely lift.

As a community, classic movie bloggers know a lot about history – film and otherwise. And here’s our opportunity to collaborate on a project celebrating the history of motion pictures. The blogathon will run from January 12-14, 2014. Below is the announcement from Fritzi of Movies, Silently who created this event.


Most movie blogathons center around actors, topics, genres or eras of film. This event is going to focus on individual years. Our range is 1915 to 1950. Participants will each focus on one individual year in the history of film. In order to focus on as many years as possible, we are asking for no duplicates, please.

We are co-hosting this event with the dazzling Aurora from Once Upon a Screen and the lovely Fritzi from Movies, Silently (a.k.a. the brains behind this operation). Fritzi will be hosting the silent era (1915 – 1926), while yours truly will host the “talkies” era (1927- 1938), and Aurora hosts the pre- to post-war years (1939 – 1950).

I can’t wait! How do I join?

Pick the year you would like to focus on (or ask us to assign one to you). Be sure to wait for confirmation before going to work as the “big” years are likely to be snapped up quickly. If your chosen year is taken, we will suggest alternate years that still open.

You can contact us in the comments section, via email (925screenings @ or on Twitter (@925screenings).

What can I submit?

It’s your year and you can handle it any way you like. Here are some ideas:

  • A pictorial focusing on the best film posters of your chosen year.
  • A review of a film from your chosen year.
  • An examination of the year through the films of a particular actor or director. For example, you could cover 1931 by examining the five films Joan Crawford made that year.
  • A historical approach discussing events that changed the course of film history. For example, 1927 and the talkie revolution.
  • A timeline showing the important events of your year. For example, a timeline of major releases for 1922.
  • An examination of the year through popular genres. For example, you could cover 1916 by discussing the role of westerns and realism vs. escapism in these films.

Please help yourself to one or more banners from the gallery below. We’re looking forward to reading your fab posts!

List of Entries:

1915 – Movies, Silently

1916 – Big V Riot Squad

1917 – A Person in the Dark

1918 – One Track Muse

1919 – Totally Filmi

1920 – Durnmoose Movie Musings

1921 – Silent Volume

1922 – Family Friendly Reviews

1923 – Filmatelist

1924 – Nitrate Glow

1925 – Critica Retro

1926 – Film Buffa

1927 – Goregirl

1928 – Self-Styled Siren

1929 – Silver Screenings

1930 – The Artistic Packrat

1931 – Immortal Ephemera

1932 – Ann Dvorak

1933 – Outspoken & Freckled

1934 – Nitrate Diva

1935 – Absolutely Merle

1936 – Lasso the Movies

1937 – The Motion Pictures

1938 – Speakeasy

1939 – Once Upon a Screen

1940 – The Lady Eve

1941 – The Joy & Agony of Movies

1942 – Wide Screen World

1943 – The Last Drive In

1944 – The Movie Rat

1945 – Caftan Woman

1946 – Synkroniciti

1947 – Crimson Kimono

1948 – Hye Musings

1949 – Portraits by Jenni

1950 – Vienna’s Classic Hollywood

Happily blogging about old movies and using the royal "We".

26 Comment on “Big News! The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon

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