June 28th of this year marked one of the most important centenaries in our lifetimes. On that day back in 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, leading to the outbreak of one of the most cataclysmic events of all time–World War I.
The Great War changed lives, claimed lives, and shook ideologies to their core. It was the defining period of the 20th century, and life after it would never be the same.
Cinema was there to capture it all–whether literally, with actual footage from the battlegrounds, or figuratively, with the many films featuring a WWI setting.
Since 2014 is a year of many WWI anniversaries, it seemed appropriate that we film lovers commemorate this with an event of our own.
I am pleased to announce the World War I in Classic Film blogathon, co-hosted by Silent-ology and Movies Silently!
When: September 6-7, 2014 (trench warfare began in September 1914).
Where: I will be hosting here at Silent-ology on the 6th, while the wonderful Fritzi will host at Movies Silently on the 7th. You can either pick which day works best for you, or let us schedule you. (If you’ve never been in a blogathon before, Fritzi explains all about it here.)
How: To sign up, leave me a comment here or send me a message (don’t forget the name and address of your blog!). We will be keeping a roster of all the participants. I have banners at the bottom of this post that you can put on your sites. During the blogathon itself, when your post is ready to go simply leave me a comment with your link or send a message.
What to submit: We are looking for posts on films that were set during WWI, were actually made during the war (and relate to it in some way), or focus on the war’s aftermath. This is a broad but immensely important topic, and we are looking forward to getting as many participants as we can.
- Choose from films made before or during the year 1970–we’re looking at classic films, after all.
- All genres are welcome (even comedy).
- No duplicates, please. If you wanted to cover, say, All Quiet on the Western Front but you see that it’s already been claimed, consider a different film. We crave variety.
- You can, however, choose more than one film if you want to do a compare/contrast type of article.
- Speaking of variety…yes, you can write an article that’s not specifically about a film. Articles about the impact of WWI on the film industry, its impact on a certain stars or directors, etc. are also welcome.
Silent-ology | Hearts of the World (1918)
Movies Silently | The Heart of Humanity (1918) and Barbed Wire (1927)
My Classic Movies | Doughboys (1930)
MovieMovieBlogBlog | Shoulder Arms (1918)
Once Upon a Screen | Paths of Glory (1957)
MovieFanFare | J’accuse (1919 and 1938 versions)
The Motion Pictures | Wings (1927)
Critica Retro | Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938)
Wide Screen World | La Grande Illusion (1937)
Nitrate Glow | The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1920)
Cinematic Catharsis | The Little American (1918)
Coolsville | For Me and My Gal (1942)
The Hitless Wonder | I was a Spy (1933)
Moon in Gemini | South (1920)
The Cinematic Packrat | Article on Basil Rathbone’s service in the war
Hitchcock’s World | Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Rick’s Cafe Texan | The African Queen (1951)
Girls Do Film | Hell’s Angels (1930)
Mildred’s Fatburgers | The Dawn Patrol (1930 and 1938 versions)
Silver Screenings | Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)
Jeff Rapsis | The Strong Man (1926)
Sister Celluloid | The Road Back (1937)
100 Films in a Year | The Battle of the Somme (1916)
ImagineMDD | Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Immortal Ephemera | The Last Flight (1931)
A Shroud of Thoughts | Sergeant York (1941)
Spellbound by Movies | Dark Journey (1937)
Pre-Code.com | Sky Devils (1932)
Into the Beautiful New | Westfront 1918 (1930) and Outskirts aka The Patriots (Окраина) (1933)
The Movie Rat | Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)
Destroy All Fanboys | The Big Parade (1925) and The Blue Max (1966)
Cinema Monolith | The Fighting 69th (1940)
Feet of Mud | A Soldier’s Plaything (1930)
Portraits by Jenni | A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Caftan Woman | Ever in My Heart (1933)
At the Sovereign | Wooden Crosses (1932)
Big V Riot Squad | A selection of short propaganda movies including The Leopard’s Spots, Patriotic Porkers, British Effort and British and German newsreels.
Random Pictures | King & Country (1964)
Lit. and a Latte | Article on Mata Hari
Speakeasy | The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)
A Person in the Dark | Mata Hari (1931)
Silent Volume | What Price Glory? (1926) and All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)