Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Open the curtains on the CinemaScope Blogathon!

UPDATE 3.11.15: Due to the number of additional bloggers within the last couple of weeks, we are adding an EXTRA DAY to the blogathon - MONDAY, MARCH 16 - so that all the bloggers will have more time to finish their posts! Check the revised schedule over at Becky's blog!

The battle between film and television goes all the way back to the early days of TV, and the movie industry, then as now, did whatever it could to win the battle against the young upstart medium. One of the most memorable enhancements to the movie-going experience is the one my pal Becky and I are gonna explore in March with the CinemaScope Blogathon!

Before IMAX, there was CinemaScope - basically, movies filmed in a much wider image than had been the norm up to that point in film history. The curved-screen image of Cinerama was the predecessor, but CinemaScope was what 20th Century Fox and other major Hollywood studios used for many of their movies throughout the 50s and 60s, and some of the greatest films of all time, in a wide variety of genres, were filmed in CinemaScope.

The choice is yours: to get in on the action, pick a movie shot in CinemaScope to write about, or maybe an actor or director or studio associated with CinemaScope movies, or the filming process itself, or foreign movies shot in CinemaScope, or maybe the connection to Cinerama. It's up to you! Becky and I will round up all your posts on the weekend of March 13-15.

Here's the master list of eligible movies, at a very good site called the American Widescreen Museum, which you should totally check out while you're there. They've got a ton of information about CinemaScope, Cinerama, plus a poster gallery, and a lot more.

Banners? We got banners. The Rebel Without a Cause banner up top is one, here are the rest...






78 comments:

  1. May I claim HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953)?

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  2. BTW, I just posted your blogathon on the CMH: http://www.classicmoviehub.com/event/the-cinemascope-blogathon/

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    1. Thanks. We could use the publicity!

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  3. Ooh, I love this theme! How about... THE LONG HOT SUMMER? Thanks!

    Emily // TheVintageCameo.com

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  4. Hi. Could I do Blood Alley with Lauren Bacall?

    My blog is "In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood.

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    1. Another Lauren Bacall movie? Why not.

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  5. I would love review The Innocents and Lady and the Tramp. those two fine to review?

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    1. https://wolffianclassicmoviesdigest.wordpress.com/ is my blog and my name is joey. could i review I would love review The Innocents and Lady and the Tramp. those two fine to review?

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    2. I was hoping someone would do a Disney movie!

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  6. So many movies! Okay. Just pick one. Geesh, how hard can it be?

    I'd like to work up something on "Gunman's Walk" for what promises to be a terrific blogathon.

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    1. All yours. Never heard of it but I'm sure it's a good one.

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  7. Hey! This sounds like fun -- I want to join! Oh, wait a minute .... I'm hosting it with you ...... never mind...................

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    1. I knew your name was on the banners for a reason. :-p

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  8. This sounds like a lot of fun! Please could I take 'There's No Business Like Show Business'?

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  9. OK! NOT an easy choice. Had to keep narrowing and narrowing the list. If available I'll take LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME with a GIGI chaser if I can!!

    Best,

    Aurora
    Once Upon a Screen

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  10. It is a huge list, isn't it? Whichever one you pick is fine by me.

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  11. Hi there, I'd love to do Brigadoon if no one's claimed it

    Kristen
    journeysinclassicfilm.com

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  12. Since Aurora stole my first choice, can I have 1963's "Move Over Darling"?

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  13. What a GREAT IDEA for a blogathon! May I do "The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit" if not already taken?

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  14. All yours.

    And thanks to everyone who signed up. We appreciate it.

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  15. Rich, I had a hard time picking my topic, but then I had a brilliant idea: I want ot review Silk Stockings, a movie in Cinemascope that has a song mentioning Cinemascope! Aha!
    Cheers,
    Le

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  16. Hi, there! Great topic! I would love to write about Peyton Place.

    My blog is Moon in Gemini. https://debravega.wordpress.com/

    Thanks!

    Debbie

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  17. You got it. Thanks for joining.

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  18. What a great theme! Can I do Three Coins in the Fountain? The Sinatra song has got me intrigued by the movie.

    My blog is Movie Classics - the url is movieclassics.wordpress.com

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  19. I'd love to participate and write about The Inn of the Sixth Happiness. I blog at wordpress; portraitsbyjenni.wordpress.com

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  20. How about The Girl Can't Help It ??

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  21. Actually... I'm definitely in but have several possibilities. Can you slot me and I'll get back to you real soon (to avoid snoozing and losing) with a definite choice?

    Thanks!

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  22. Take your time. No rush. You're in as far as I'm concerned.

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  23. I would love to participate in this through Scenes from the Morgue. Not just one film specifically, but a retrospective of the ballyhoo during the roll-out of the process like with these ads for "How to Marry a Millionaire". And I got a lot more Cinemascope ads where those came from, just needed a proper venue and this sounds perfect if you'll have me.

    Also, if I get my act together, I might get something written up for "Beneath the 12 Mile Reef" at Micro-Brewed Reviews.

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  24. CinemaScope ads? Sounds like a great idea.

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  25. Rich and Becky, count me for a post on Cinerama on the 15th. Sounds like fun!

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  26. Hey! Can I join in on all the fun? I would like to do a top 10. My 10 Favourite CinemaScope films.

    My blog is All Things Kevyn.

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  27. Me again. I'd like to sub-out Beneath the 12 Mile Reef and sub-in Bad Day at Black Rock, which I will post at Micro-Brewed Reviews.

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  28. No problem. You got plenty of time.

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  29. I notice that someone asked for "The Girl Can't Help It" but then backed out on committing to it. If this movie is still open, I'd like to blog about it at moviemovieblogblog.wordpress.com. Please e-mail me at socialmediaspecialist61@gmail.com if this choice is okay. Thanks!

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  30. P.S.: Although apparently Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds..." number was the only Cinemascope-shot part of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," would this movie count as a choice for your blogathon? If so, I'd like to blog this one instead.

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  31. Okay, I'm back. Musical triple feature: Girl Can't Help It, Jailhouse Rock, and Les Girls. hokay?

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  32. S'alright!

    Steve, looks like you'll have to pick something else, but there are many, many more to choose from.

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  33. How about Ride the High Country? It's on the master list...

    I'll be posting at www.thestopbutton.com (on March 13).

    That okay?

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    1. Definitely okay. Great movie.

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    2. Andrew, this is ClassicBecky ... I put your link in as www.thestopbutton.com, but I get an error page every time. This is the first day of the blogathon -- I'm going to post this on my blog as well, but I hope you see this and can let me know where the error in the link lies....

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    3. http://thestopbutton.com/2015/03/13/ride-high-country-1962/ isn't working?

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    4. The link is working just fine for Ride the High Country! The error was mine and it's fixed. I'm sure sorry for the mix-up, Andrew! I'll post this in the CMBA FB page as well.

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  34. Could you please schedule me for March 14?

    Thanks, getting excited about this...

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  35. The 14th is fine. Looking forward to it.

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  36. Late addition from Twitter: "Snow White and the Three Stooges" from Forgotten Films.

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  37. If it's not too late to join in, I'd like to take Daddy Long Legs(1955), to be posted on the 15th. Thank you!!

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  38. Not too late at all. Thanks for joining.

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  39. I would like to do "Tammy and the Bachelor" if it's not too late. Any day is fine.

    http://phyllislovesclassicmovies.blogspot.com/

    Thanks,
    Phyl

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  40. Not too late at all. Thanks.

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  41. Hi Rich, could you put me down for The Great Locomotive Chase if no one else has claimed it? ( if someone has, then change that title to The Egyptian ) Thanks! - Constance

    http://silverscenesblog.blogspot.com

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  42. Hey, just found this via Classic Movie Hub. Sounds like fun. Sign me up for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers if possible.

    - Jess (over at https://jessycap.wordpress.com/)

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  43. If it's not too late, I'd love to do "Black Widow" (1954). I can post whenever :)

    Thanks,
    Laura (stars-are-ageless.blogspot.com.au)

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  44. Hello - I'm sorry I didn't see this sooner! I'd love to do "House of Bamboo" and "Lola Montes" if it's not too late.

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  45. P.S. I'm at http://randompicturesblog.net.

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  46. Not too late at all. You're in.

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  47. Hi Rich,

    Beg pardon if this comment appears twice; I thought I left one an hour ago but don't see it now... Anyway, I'm scheduled for today but am not going to be live for another half hour. Are you guys posting live links? Or just links to our website home pages? pls let me know... thx!

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  48. Sorry I didn't see this sooner. I see you posted the link on Becky's sight, which is what I would've suggested in any event. I also tweeted your link.

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  49. Hello,
    I'm scheduled for today, but won't be having my post live for another hour or so. I just wanted to let you know so you didn't think I forgot.

    Thank you!

    Jan

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  50. Hi. Here's my entry for the blogathon. Hope this is alright??

    https://crystalkalyana.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/cinemascope-blogathon-blood-alley-1955/

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