Saturday, March 11, 2017

ANNOUNCING the Favorite Director Blogathon!


A few weeks ago, Quiggy from The Midnite Drive-In graciously asked me if I would like to co-host a blogathon with him on Favorite Directors. As is apparent by all the blogathon banners running down the right side of my blog, I love blogathons, so of course I said yes.

As everyone knows, directors are essential to a successful film. A film director "controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects, and visualizes the script while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision. The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design, and the creative aspects of filmmaking." Without a good director, a film may die before it's finished or never achieve the success it might have.

There are many directors from the Golden Age of Hollywood who have become iconic and whose faces are instantly recognizable. Then there are the directors who's films are loved by many but who are only known by name. And lastly there are the ones who are never given the acclaim they deserve. That is what this blogathon is for, to honor all directors.


Here are a few simple rules:

1. Directors from the early days of film up until 1990 are fine. You can choose a single film that particularly showcases the style of that director or cover an entire career. When you've made your choice, please let me or Quiggy know in the comments below. Be sure to include the link to your blog so I can add it easily to the roster.

2. No duplicates of movies. However, if someone has chosen Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho you can still pick another film he directed or his career as a whole.

3. Since this blogathon is taking place over Memorial Day weekend, early admissions will be accepted. If you will be out of town simply publish your post ahead of time and leave the link to it in the comments below. It will be added at the appropriate time.

4. Take one of the banners below and share it on your blog to spread the word!

5. And lastly, have fun!!





Roster:

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: The film collaborations of Frank Capra and Robert Risken

The Midnite Drive-In:  John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Caftan Woman: William Wyler's Hell's Heroes (1929) and The Big Country (1958)

Christina Wehner: William Wellman

Cinematic Scribblings: Yasujirô Ozu's Late Spring

Love Letters to Old Hollywood: Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960)

Champagne for Lunch: Mervin LeRoy

Classic Movie Treasures: John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952)

Hamlette's Soliloquy: John Ford's The Searchers (1956)

Whimsically Classic: Billy Wilder's The Major and the Minor (1942)

Critica Retro: Orson Welles's Othello (1952)

Cinema Cities: Overview of Billy Wilder's Films

Charlene's (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews: Ingmar Bergman's Through A Glass Darkly (1961)

Realweedgiemidget Reviews: Ed Wood

Angelman's Place: Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968)

John V's Eclectic Avenue: Jacques Tourneur's  Out of the Past  and Curse of the Demon

Because We Have the Stars: Billy Wilder' Sunset Boulevard (1950)

27 comments:

  1. Oh, what a great idea! Could I write about William Wellman?

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  2. Oops, I forgot to add the link to my blog. :)

    https://christinawehner.wordpress.com/

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  3. Could I write about Yasujirô Ozu's Late Spring? My blog is Cinematic Scribblings: https://cinematicscribblings.wordpress.com/ Thanks!

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  4. So many choices! If it's still available, I'll take The Apartment. Should be lots of fun!

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  5. Such a cool idea! I'd like to write about Mervyn Leroy's career, and compare one of his films from the 1930s to a later one. My blog: champagneforlunch.wordpress.com

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    1. Awesome! I like the idea of comparing an early and later work!

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  6. I would like to do John Ford's The Quite Man

    Elaine
    ClassicMovieTreasures.com

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  7. I'd like to do John Ford's The Searchers -- May 26 is John Wayne's birthday, so it will be my tribute to both director and star!

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    1. How did I know you'd choose a Ford film ;)

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    2. I did some serious dithering here! My favorite director is actually Joss Whedon, but cutting eligible films off at 1990 means I can't write about him, so then I had to choose between John Ford and Otto Preminger. Tough choice!!! But it being John Wayne's birthday during the blogathon decided me.

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  8. Awesome! I'd like to write about Orson Welles's Othello, please!
    Kisses!
    Le

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    1. Man! I should have made a banner of Welles! I knew I was forgetting someone that everyone would recognize!

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  9. Love this idea! I'd like to do an overview of Billy Wilder's films, since I finished going through his filmography recently.

    My blog is Cinema Cities: cinemacities.wordpress.com

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    1. Great idea! Looking forward to it!

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  10. Not sure if this is ok, but can I review Ed Wood, the biopic film about the director with Johnny Depp? My blog is https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/

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    1. I'll get back to you. Let me ask Quiggy.

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  11. This is such a great idea! Ingmar Bergman is my favourite director hands down. Can I please write about Through A Glass Darkly (1961)? Thanks! My blog is Charlene's (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews and the url is https://charsmoviereviews.wordpress.com.

    I'll let you know too that I am hosting a blogathon the same weekend if you would like to participate. If you can't, no worries. Just thought I would extend the invitation :) https://charsmoviereviews.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/medicine-in-the-movies-blogathon-announcement-may-26-28-2017/

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    1. I've got you down!

      Unfortunately I'll probably be too busy to join your blogathon (I'm co-hosting one a couple weeks before this one as well) but if I think of something I'd like to write on I'll let you know :) I have trouble passing up blogathons ;)

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    2. Sounds good! Yes, I am becoming addicted to blogathons myself :)

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  12. I am sorry maybe I am really dumb, but what do you mean by up until 1990s? the time the director was alive? he is supposed to be making movies up until 1990s?

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    1. Basically as long as they started directing before the year 1990 you can write about them.

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  13. Oh what a great idea for a blogathon! Can I do Billy Wilder' Sunset Boulevard? This is the link of my one day old blog about Classic Hollywood: https://becausewehavethestars.wordpress.com/ . Thanks!

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    1. Glad to have you and welcome to the Classic Movie Blogging family!! I glad you chose this blogathon to be among your first :)

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