Blogging from A to Z (2021)

After my return to reviewing in late 2020, I thought what better way to get back in touch with people than taking part in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

This challenge is a yearly event running in April which challenges bloggers to write a post on each day of the month beginning with a sequential letter of the alphabet (Sundays off!).

I last did this challenge all the way back in 2012, when I wrote the A to Z of comedy characters, and these turned out to be some of my most popular posts. However, since I've returned to reviewing, I have removed all non-review posts so sadly they are banished to history.

2021's theme is Pre-1920s Films

I have always been passionate about understanding the origins of cinema, so this year I'll be reviewing landmark pre-1920s films. That's right, every film reviewed will be over 100 years old. In January I reviewed one of Charlie Chaplin's early films, The Kid, to celebrate its 100th birthday, and it was an absolute classic.

There is a lot to learn from old cinema and I've been working on this since mid-January, so it has been a fascinating experience for me as well. For example, did you know that the first narrative film was directed by a woman? In this A to Z we'll be exploring not just films but actors, studios, directors, technology, techniques and more!

A lot of films from this era are now available copyright free, so where available I'll include a copy of the films where possible. They will vary in length from a few seconds to a few hours, so there will be something for everyone. Your comments are, as always, welcome and encouraged, and I hope you enjoy both reading along and watching along as we celebrate early cinema!

Each post will be published at 10:00 in the UK (that's UTC+01:00). Regular Thursday and Friday reviews will still be published at 18:00 (UK). Links on all published A-Z posts, along with a clue on the topic, are below!

P.S. If you're here early, maybe start the Blog Hop early too! Other participant blogs can be found here. I wrote a piece about old film for Arlee Bird's blog all the way back in 2012, so give it a read and maybe give him a little love while you're there too!

Comments

  1. This sounds very interesting. In fact, I think my son might like to read these as well. I'll tell him about it.

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  2. Oh, my goodness, this is just for me!
    I'll be blogging about the early 1900s too: The Great War :-)

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - Theme Reveal - Weimar Germany

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  3. I love old cinema and this theme and can't wait to read. I also love 'The Kid' and Chaplin. Really looking forward to your posts.

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  4. My cousin loves cinema from this period and has done a lot of research around it. There are so many interesting stories from that period. Weekends In Maine

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  5. What a fascinating topic. I look forward to your series.

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  6. Sounds like a really interesting concept for April. Looking forward to learning more about cinema.

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  7. That's great, Ed. I still have fond memories from the 2013 A-to-Z challenge. I look forward to reading your entries in this one.

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  8. That's a neat idea! I haven't seen many films from that era.
    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

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  9. Great theme! I'm looking forward to watch and enjoy ;)
    My 2021 AtoZ Reveal

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