Century Film Project

Celebrating the movies our ancestors loved

Category: Announcments

Happy Birthday

Today is the second anniversary of the day I launched this blog, for what that is worth. It started out, really, as a place to record the movies I watched in a side-project of my daily movie viewing, and blossomed and sprang into something bigger and more serious. The point, always, in watching 100-year-old movies has been for me to learn more about early film history. In other words, I do this exactly because of what I don’t know, rather than to show off what I do know. I’ve learned a lot, but there’s still an awful lot more for me to learn. If you’ve come with me this far, I hope you’re enjoying the ride.

BirthdayCakeAnyway, this hobby has finally gotten serious enough that I’ve decided to professionalize it a little. I’ve now gone ahead and bought “centuryfilmproject.org” as a domain name, instead of taking the free hosting WordPress offers. Hopefully, the transition will be smooth and all the old links will work, but we’ll see. Speaking of link-rot, I’ve noticed lately that some of my early posts no longer connect to working videos. I’m not going to put a lot of time into fixing this – my advice is if you’re looking for one that you can’t get to, just put “title of film” “year of film” into Google and press the “video” option at the top of the result page. But, if you feel like letting me know about one you’ve found, comment and I’ll change the link as well.

For this year, in addition to looking at as many 1916 films as possible, I’m going to focus a lot on France. France was the first major film making nation, and I’ve only scratched the surface of French film so far. To kick this off, I’ll be looking at the short films of Alice Guy for the next month or more, but also anticipate more from Méliès, Feuillade, Lumière, and others. Before long, I hope my list of French movies starts to rival those I’ve reviewed from the US!

Blogathons!

In an attempt to keep expanding my readership, I have decided to get back into the Blogathon circuit. As of now, I am signed up for three upcoming blogathons:

Blogathon Marathon StarsFirst up, in March, we have the Marathon Stars Blogathon, hosted by In the Good Old Days of Hollywood and The Wonderful Word of Cinema. I’ll be writing about Gilbert “Broncho Billy” Anderson.

Book BannerNext will be the Beyond the Cover Blogathon hosted by two of my favorite blogs, Speakeasy and Now Voyaging. For this one I’m writing about “Sherlock Holmes” (1916).

Blogathon Words Words WordsLast but not least, will be the official CMBA Spring blogathon: “Words! Words! Words!” I’m pretty excited, because that was the topic I proposed, and it won the election (incidentally, the title is a quote from “Dracula” (1931) not “Sunset Boulevard” (1950)). For this one, I’m writing about “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (1916).

Valentine’s Blogathon

Kiss BlogathonI almost forgot to announce my involvement in a blogathon which is almost upon us! This weekend, I shall be contributing to the “You Must Remember This…A Kiss Is Still a Kiss” Blogathon hosted by Second Sight Cinema. I shall be writing up the early comedy “Nervy Nat Kisses the Bride” (1904) by Edwin S. Porter. Don’t forget to take a look at all the other contributions!

Anti-Damsel Blogathon

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Once again, I’ve decided to join a blogathon hosted by Movies Silently. I can’t help it, Fritzi just hosts the best themes. This time, she’s joined by The Last Drive In for the Anti-Damsel Blogathon. This one’s right up my alley – busting stereotypes about classic film and showing the power of women. I will be writing about Mabel Normand, who has been a staple of my blog ever since I saw Mabel at the Wheel. She was a director and a comedienne in a tough environment, and has been mocked by the likes of Charlie Chaplin as thanks for her contributions to film history. I’ll try to set some of that straight.

Classic Movie History Blogathon

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This was a blogathon I could hardly resist taking part in. Movies Silently, Silver Screenings, and Once Upon a Screen are hosting, and Flicker Alley is sponsoring, an examination of film history, the reason this blog exists! Flicker Alley, a distributor of high-quality home releases of classic movies, is offering a giveaway of their new 3D Rarities Blu Ray collection. If you’re interested in that: follow this link and subscribe to their newsletter. Otherwise, the fun part for me and you will be reading all the movie history posts, come June 26-28!

The tough part was deciding what topic to write about, since almost everything I do here is about “Classic Movie History.” I finally settled on director Raoul Walsh‘s 1915 release “Regeneration.” Walsh is a director I haven’t gotten around to discussing yet, and “Regeneration” is significant both as an early feature-length gangster movie, and because it was lost for many decades before being rediscovered in the 1970s. I plan to post on Friday, June 26, as part of the first day’s examination of early film history. I hope you’ll join me and also check out the other historical posts in this event!

Beach Party?

I’ve been a bit remiss in announcing this, but I’ve been so busy with my 19th-century movies! I’ll be participating in…

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I pulled a bit of a funny one – I’ll be reviewing the 1895 Lumiere movie “La Mer,” which is only fifty seconds long, but surely has a secure claim on being the “oldest Beach Party movie.” Edison’s team never did manage to get the ocean into the Black Maria, after all. See you there!

New Membership

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Over the last couple of weeks, I applied for, and was accepted into the Classic Movie Blog Assocation. I’m pleased to join what looks like a very professional group of bloggers, and I hope that they will find my idiosyncratic researches into Century Film as informative and fun as I do.

Shorts Blogathon

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Well, the last blogathon from Movies Silently turned out so well that I’ve decided to participate in another one! I plan to post my review of Charlie Chaplin’s seminal film “The Tramp” (1915) as part of it. Don’t miss out and be sure to check out the other bloggers on the list!