Monday, April 30, 2012

Not Your Average Classic Film Blogger Link Roundup

Someone on Twitter said that Classic Film Bloggers all write about the same things with different views and that we are pretty much beating a dead horse. I have to disagree with that statement. I think the Classic Film blogging community is very varied and there are so many different films in many different genres (and decades!) that we all end up writing very different blogs. And while we all might talk about watching Casablanca (1942) on the big screen, we also talk about films perhaps others have overlooked share unique experiences and explore themes in many different ways.

After I saw those tweets, I asked classic film bloggers on Twitter to send me a link to what they thought was their most unique or unusual post. Which of their posts stands out from the rest. I got some great feedback!

Cliff from Immortal Ephemera shared his post "Interpreting and Understanding Edward G. Robinson on Collecting" - Did you know that Edward G. Robinson was a obsessive collector? He would sometimes do movies just so he could use the money to buy fine art and other valuables! Cliff does a great job describing Robinson's history of and approach to "collecting".

Rich from Wide Screen World shared his post "The Wizard of Oz (Pink Floyd Version)" - He talks about his experience watching The Wizard of Oz (1939) synced with Pink Floyd's album Dark Side of the Moon. Trippy!

Angela from Hollywood Revue shared her post "My Local Joan Crawford Connection" - Thanks to the book Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford, Angela discovers that the star got her start as a chorus girl at a theater Angela had passed by many times (unfortunately it no longer exists). Pretty great discovery!

Kate from Silents & Talkies shares her post "Is that mustache really necessary?" - Fans of Silents & Talkies will fondly remember this hilarious gallery of classic film actors sporting some questionable mustaches.

Laura from Laura's Miscellaneous Musings shares her post "Reading the Movies, Part 1 (or Growing Up with the Movies)" - Laura's had a love of movies since she was very young and shares some of her early experiences (including meeting some stars and filmmakers!) as well as some of the film related books she's acquired over the years. I'm jealous she got to watch movies in the same theater with Mel Torme!

Terry from A Shroud of Thoughts shares his post "Mama Told Me Not to Come: The Sixties Party Scene on Film" - Parties can be seen in movies from any decade, but a Sixties party is something really special. Terry explains why in this very informative post.

Bobby from Bobby Rivers TV shares his post "Black Folks in Bedford Falls" -  Bobby discusses the Black characters and extras in It's a Wonderful Life (1946). He also points out that there are Black folks in Bedford Falls but absolutely none in Pottersville! Very interesting. Next time I watch this movie, I'll have Bobby's insightful post in mind.

Andreas from Pussy Goes Grr shared her post "Gentlemen Prefer Rocky" - Andreas compares the "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?" sequence performed by Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) to the "I Can Make You a Man" sequence performed by Tim Curry in Rocky Horror Picture Show. Wow!

Brandie from True Classics shared her post "Personality Soup a la Movie Characters" - Brandie creates a Personality Soup recipe in which all the ingredients are bits of different characters from classic movies.

Letícia from Crítica Retrô shared her post "Halloween & coisas assustadoras do cinema clássico (na minha opinião)" which translates into English from Portuguese "Halloween and other scary stuff from classic cinema (in my opinion)". This is a great post and I love the Gregory Peck anecdote she shares at the beginning. For those of you not fluent in Portuguese, she has a handy dandy Translate widget.

What's my most unique post? I would have to say it's "If Jeff Bailey from Out of the Past (1947) were on" in which I create an online dating profile for Robert Mitchum's character. I followed it up with a "If Eddie Felson from The Hustler (1961) were on".

If you have a unique classic film related blog post to share, let me know!


  1. Thank you so much for that post, Quelle! I read many classic film blogs and I must admit we might write about watching Casablanca on the big screen (and other classic films on the big screen) rather often, in the end I have to agree with you. I think we classic film bloggers all have our unique perspectives and even areas of speciality so that more often than not we produce posts different from anyone else.

  2. Amazing! I loved the post on Edward G. Robinson's collections. I've already read the one about Wizard of Oz and the Pink Floyd album. And I'd sure want a date with Eddie Felson ;)
    Le (@startspreading)

  3. Someone on Twitter said that Classic Film Bloggers all write about the same things with different views and that we are pretty much beating a dead horse.

    As the Preacher said in Ecclesiastes, "There's nothing new under the sun." And that was 3000 years ago. I imagine there was some guy in ancient Babylon blogging about movies and some guy on Twitter telling him he was a fool to do it. Twitter boy was wrong then and he's wrong now. Blog on, Raquelle!

  4. Raquelle, I'm glad you got such a strong response to your call for submissions. It's nice to see that they're all pretty much radically different, especially since everyone just chose randomly. I hope the person who inspired the idea gets to read them all!

  5. Thank you for the link, Raquelle! I loved your idea for a post and have enjoyed looking at the linked posts over the course of the day. I especially enjoyed Bobby Rivers' post on IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE -- really enjoyed looking at this well-loved classic from a fresh perspective.

    Hope the person you were chatting with about film blogs will enjoy this too!

    Best wishes,

  6. Oh - that's great! Thank you for featuring so many great blogs here!


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