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 was Pre-1920s Films

I have always been passionate about understanding the origins of cinema, so in 2021 I reviewed landmark pre-1920s films. That's right, every film reviewed is 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 spent three months working on the A-Z, so it was 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 I explored 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 have included a copy of the films. They will vary in length from a few seconds to a few hours, so there is 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!

Links on all A-Z posts, along with a clue on the topic, are below!

Thank you to everyone who visited and left comments during 2021's A to Z!


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

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

    The Old Shelter - Theme Reveal - Weimar Germany

  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.

  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

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

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

  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.

  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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