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Announcing the World War II Blogathon


In September 2019 it will be 80 years since the outbreak of The Second World War. To mark this anniversary, I will be joining my friend Maddy, of Maddy Loves Her Classic Films, to host a blogathon of portrayals of World War II in film and television.




We will be accepting articles and reviews on feature films, documentaries, TV movies and TV series, as well as articles on the WWII experiences of actors or film makers. As there are so many possible choices for this blogathon, we will be asking that there be no duplicate entries. So please sign up early if you want to claim a particular topic.

The blogathon will run from 1st - 3rd September 2019. You can sign up by leaving a comment here or on Maddy's blog. Please grab one of our banners to publicise the blogathon. I hope you will join us in marking this anniversary.


Participation List

Cinema Essentials - The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Eagle Has Landed (1976) and Hurricane (Mission of Honor) (2018)

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films - Danger UXB (TV series)

Palewriter - Mrs Miniver (1942) and O.S.S. (1946)

Thoughts All Sorts - Kelly's Heroes (1970)

Vinnieh - Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)

Back Story Classic - The Demi Paradise (aka: Adventure for Two) (1943)

The Stop Button - The Big Red One (1980)

Realweegiemidget Reviews - Where Eagles Dare (1968)

Poppity Talks Classic Film - La Grande Vadrouille (aka: Don't Look Now ... We're Being Shot At!) (1966)

Cinematic Scribblings - Army of Shadows (1969)

Movie Movie Blog Blog II - Schindler's List (1993)

Down These Mean Streets - Hangmen Also Die (1943)

Back to Golden Days - Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) and The Great Escape (1963)

Dbmoviesblog - Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Make Mine Film Noir - Cornered (1945)

Caftan Woman - Corvette K-225 (1943)

Silver Screenings - Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

Critica Retro - The Seventh Cross (1944)

The Midnite Drive-In - Von Ryan's Express (1965), Patton (1970) and Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood - Without Love (1945)

Mike's Take on the Movies - Counterpoint (1968)

Dubsism - Fighter Squadron (1948)

Overture Books and Films - Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Taking up Room - Wake Island (1942), In Which We Serve (1942) and So Proudly We Hail (1943)

Pop Culture Reverie - The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood - The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Silver Screen Classics - Stalag 17 (1953)

Retro Movie Buff - A Canterbury Tale (1944)

Just a Cineaste - Millions Like Us (1943)

Moon in Gemini - The Mortal Storm (1940)

The Lonely Critic - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Wolfman's Cult Film Club - The Way Ahead (1944)

18 Cinema Lane - In Love and War (2001)

Sean Munger - Der Untergang (Downfall) (2004)

Movie Rob - The Sea Wolves (1980), Anne Frank Remembered (1995), Inglorious Bastards (1978)

Oscars and I - 49th Parallel (1941)

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society - Destination Tokyo (1943)

Diary of a Movie Maniac - The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)

Stars and Letters















Comments

  1. Can you add me with A Bridge too Far (1977)? Thanks Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews.

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    1. Yes, great choice. Thanks for taking part.

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  2. Hi, I'm in and would like to take Hangmen Also Die. I see you'll talk about two of my favorites.

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    1. Great to have you taking part. I look forward to reading that.

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  3. Would it be possible to write an entry for the World War II Blogathon that discusses a film like Cornered (1945), about the immediate aftermath of the war as experienced by Dick Powell's character Laurence Gerard? And if I need to pick a date, can it be September 3?

    Many thanks for hosting!
    Marianne
    Make Mine Film Noir

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    1. Yes, that OK. I'll put you down for it.

      You can post on whichever day is best for you. Thanks for joining.

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  4. I signed up for this on Maddy's page, and I've updated my blog-a-thon page to include this! https://dubsism.com/2019-movie-blog-a-thons/

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  5. Hi! I'd like to write a post on Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. If that's taken, then can I do one on A Matter of Life and Death?

    My blog is The Lonely Critic: https://lonelycritic.blogspot.com/

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    1. Colonel Blimp is all yours. Thanks for joining.

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    2. Hey, just giving you a heads up, but I might be late for the Blogathon, I'm juggling between this and Hurricane Dorian prep right now...

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    3. That's OK. I think I'd give the hurricane priority. ;)

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  6. I'd love to participate in this! I could write about one of my favourites, "49th Parallel" (a.k.a. "The Invaders") (1941).

    My blog is Oscars and I: www.oscarsandi.wordpress.com.

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    1. It's all yours. Thanks for joining.

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  7. Hi! Is it okay if I write about The Secret of Santa Vittoria?

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    1. Hi Eric. Yes thats fine. Thanks for joining.

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  8. Hi. Can I change my entry? Would "Without Love" ( 1945 ) qualify ?

    My blog is: In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

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    1. I guess so. I haven't seen it, so I'll leave it up to you to decide if you think it's World War II enough.

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    2. Here's the link for the film. You can have a look at it and let me if you think it qualifies.

      https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038256/

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    3. OK, we're going to allow it.

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  9. https://midnitedrive-in.blogspot.com/2019/09/a-flawed-hero.html

    My day 2 entry, on "Patton".

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