Please Join Us for the Backstage Blogathon!
I’m thrilled to be co-hosting another blogathon with the fabulous Fritzi at Movies Silently! And this one premieres in—gasp!—2016. Which is much closer than you think.
On that cheery note, please join us January 15-18 for the Backstage Blogathon!
What’s it about? Well, the entertainment industry has always loved looking in the mirror, and we’re going to be taking a peek at what they put on the screen as a result—from love letters to scathing indictments and everything in between.
This isn’t limited to movies about movies: You can pick films that go behind the scenes of any performing art: ballet, theatre, puppetry, opera, the circus… use your imagination!
The film must feature performing arts as a significant part of the plot. So it’s not enough for a character to simply be, say, an actress; the profession must play an important part in the story. John Cassavetes, for instance, plays a struggling actor in Rosemary’s Baby, but the movie’s about communing with Satan, who in this case is not Louis B. Mayer.
To join up, all you have to do is tell either Fritzi or me your film choice. All movies must be from 1970 or before and, considering how often the arts have gazed at themselves on film, no duplicates are allowed—we are confident there’s something for everyone! Animated films are welcome, as are foreign movies. But no documentaries, please.
Here are some suggestions: Make Me a Star, Film Film Film, Ella Cinders, Our Gang Follies of 1936, All About Eve, The Oscar, Forever Female, Valley of the Dolls, A Star Is Born (Janet Gaynor or Judy Garland but not, heaven forbid, Barbra Streisand), The Big Knife, Black Widow, Lili, Pinocchio, The Hard Way, The Mind Reader, Nightmare Alley, Trapeze, At the Circus, A Night at the Opera, Freaks, He Who Gets Slapped, Laugh Clown Laugh, The Unknown, Berserk, Sunset Boulevard, The Next Voice You Hear, Shine on Harvest Moon, It’s a Great Feeling, Summer Stock, Love Me or Leave Me, Bombshell, Dancing Lady, Svengali, Sullivan’s Travels, and biopics of performers.
And to answer a couple of other questions in advance:
I have great behind-the-scenes stories of a famous film. Can I write about those?
No. We’re covering how movies portray the entertainment industry. Of course, if you have some juicy anecdotes about the backstage film you are covering, feel free to include them.
Can I write about authors and painters?
While we all love us some Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh or Norma Shearer as Elizabeth Barrett Browning, they’re for another blogathon another day. This event centers around the performing arts. Other forms of art can be featured but the movie must focus on acting, singing, dancing etc. as the main theme.
Once you sign up, please take a banner from this post and place it in your blog’s sidebar. We’re so happy to have you aboard! (We also understand that life happens, so if you find you can’t make the event after all, please let us know as soon as you can so we can free up that film for another blogger to claim. Thanks!) Grab a movie and let’s go backstage!
The Roster So Far:
Movies Silently Kean and No Way to Treat a Lady
Sister Celluloid Souls for Sale
Criterion Blues The Red Shoes
Speakeasy The Lost Squadron
A Shroud of Thoughts 42nd Street
B Noir Detour A Double Life
Now Voyaging Show People
Silver Screenings Footlight Parade
The Motion Pictures Annabel Takes a Tour
The Last Drive In The Legend of Lyla Claire
Citizen Screen Daffy Duck in Hollywood
Movie Movie Blog Blog You Ought to Be in Pictures
Caftan Woman Charlie Chan at the Opera
Make Mine Criterion Hellzapoppin’
Carole & Co. Twentieth Century
Defiant Success Yankee Doodle Dandy
Love Letters to Old Hollywood There’s No Business Like Show Business
Stardust Singin’ in the Rain
Nitrateglow The Unknown
Mildred’s Fatburgers Kiss Me Kate
Wolffian Classic Movie Digest The Bad and the Beautiful
Cinematic Scribblings 8 1/2
Cinema Cities The Barkleys of Broadway
Immortal Ephemera What Price Hollywood?
Moon in Gemini Unfaithfully Yours
Smitten Kitten Vintage Easter Parade
Tam May, Author Stage Door
The Movie Rat Our Gang Follies of 1936
Critica Retro The Phantom of the Opera (1925 and 1943)
The Joy and Agony of Movies All About Eve
David Bruce Appreciation Society Alice in Movieland
Cinema Shame A Night at the Opera
Second Sight Cinema The Gang’s All Here
Girls Do Film Contempt
Cinema Gadfly Variety Lights
Wonderful World of Cinema Lady Be Good
LA Explorer Babes in Arms and Babes on Broadway
Welcome to My Magick Theater Abbott and Costello in Hollywood
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies What a Great Feeling and Funny Girl
Old Hollywood Films Summer Stock
Pop Culture Pundit Sunset Boulevard
Crimson Kimono They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Tossing It Out Idiot’s Delight
Wrote by Rote Give My Regards to Broadway
The Love Pirate The Producers (1967)
BB Creations The Band Wagon
Laini Giles Ziegfeld Girl