On this Bastille Day (14 Juillet) we announce The Vive la France Blogathon will be hosted by Lady Eve’s Reel Life and silverscreenmodes.com this coming August 25, 2019. All movie bloggers are invited to participate.
Sunday, August 25, Monday, August 26, 2019
All day and into the night
- Classic films made in France, classic films made in Hollywood (or elsewhere, if you like) that are set in France (fully or partially).
- Profiles of the stars of French films (like Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux, Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau, etc.) and profiles of French-born stars who had significant Hollywood careers (like Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Simone Signoret, etc.).
- Articles and profiles on significant French writers, directors, producers, and the same for French-born Hollywood behind-the-camera folks.
- Basically, the focus is France and French, with broad application. Any questions, contact us as listed below – we are open to suggestion.
1) No duplicate posts on films or on profiles of individuals.
2) It’s OK to post on different films by the same star or profile subject.
3) This is an open blogathon, Classic Movie Blog Association membership is not required.
THE ENTRIES SO FAR WILL BE :
Sunday, August 25
- 4 Star Films | Leon Morin, Priest (1961)
- Anybody Got a Match? | Funny Face (1957)
- Caftan Woman | Paris Blues (1961)
- Classic Film & TV Cafe | The Bride Wore Black (1968)
- Critica Retro | Faces of Children/Visages d’ enfants (1925)
- Lady Eve’s Reel Life |The French Roots of Noir: Two Films from Marcel Carne and Jean Gabin
- Maddy Loves Her Classic Films | Five French Classics You Should See
- Make Mine Film Noir | Merci pour le chocolat (2000)
- The Midnite Drive-In | La planete sauvage (1973)
- Mike’s Take on the Movies | Farewell, Friend (1968)
- Movies Silently | Madame du Barry (1919)
- A Shroud of Thoughts | The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
- Strictly Vintage Hollywood | Gay Purr-ee (1962)
- The Stop Button | Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)
Monday, August 26
- Cinematic Scribblings | Jean-Pierre Leaud
- Lady Eve’s Reel Life | Hitchcockian: Francois Truffaut’s The Soft Skin (1964)
- Motion Picture Gems | Small Change (1976
- Movies Silently | Madame du Barry (1919)
- Old Hollywood Films | All This and Heaven, Too (1940)
- The Old Hollywood Garden | Les Diaboliques (1955)
- Once Upon a Screen | The Aristocats (1970)
- A Person in the Dark | Lilliom (1934)
- Reelweegiemidget | Leon (1994)
- Retro Movie Buff | The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
- Silver Screen Modes | Z : The 50th Anniversary (1969)
- Silver Screenings | The Baker’s Wife (1938)
- Twenty Four Frames | Repulsion (1965)
French movies are very diverse and have a long history. You may already have a favorite film, star, or director that you may want to enter into the blogathon. If not, there are many possibilities. French filmmaking has a rich tradition that has also included American and other “expats” into the fold. The American director Jules Dassin left when blackballed and directed some of his greatest films in France. American actor Eddie Constantine made a career playing a hard-boiled detective in France. Or other nationalities like the English actress/singer Jane Birkin or the Belgian singer/actor Jacques Brel. Popular French actors are legion, a few among the women include:
Jeanne Moreau; Simone Signoret; Brigitte Bardot; Anouk Aimee; Emmanuelle Riva, or Catherine Deneuve. Among the men are: Jean-Paul Belmondo; Alain Delon; Jean Gabin; Yves Montand; and Jean-Louis Trintignant. Some popular genres have existed
in France in their classic films. Although Westerns are popular in the imagination, they never got a footing in filmmaking. Film noir however, generated some excellent material, including: Elevator to the Gallows; Purple Noon; Rififi; Le Jour Se Leve; Touchez Pas
au Grisbi; Bob le Flambeur; and Le Samourai, among many others. Musicals, although disjointed due to WWII, had some great material in such modern and old classics as: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg; The Young Girls of Rochefort; Under the Roofs of Paris (1930) and A Nous la Liberté (1931). Comedy has been a French staple but is not well known here as one usually needs to understand French to catch the humor. Still, Jacques Tati as a “mime” has caught on and some individual movies like Le grand Blond avec Une Chaussure Noire (1972) and La Cage aux Folles were hits and were remade in American versions. And there’s my favorite L’Emmerdeur (Pain in the Ass, 1973) with Jacques Brel and Lino Ventura.
The French “New Wave” offers an abundance of films such as Breathless, 400 Blows, Jules et Jim, Alphaville, and Hiroshima Mon Amour, among many others. The New Wave’s directors also offer a plethora of opportunities with such important figures as
Jean-Luc Goddard, Francois Truffaut, Agnes Varda, Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol, Louis Malle, and others. And then there are French actors who worked, or are working, in the USA. There are famous examples including Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert,
Simone Simon, Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, and others. These are just a few examples of what French Cinema and French actors have to offer for the Vive la France Blogathon on August 25, 2019.
We hope you will participate.