A Special Thanksgiving Message

To all those celebrating Thanksgiving, a sincere wish from me to you for a holiday filled with peace and love.

Thank you followers, readers, fellow bloggers, and friends for coming along on this journey and sharing your precious time with me.

My heart is full of gratitude for each and every one of you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy “Thanks A Million” sung by the great Satchmo, Louis Armstrong.

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Announcing It’s a Wonderful Life Blogathon: A 75th Anniversary Celebration!!

Hear ye, hear ye! One of the most beloved movies of all time is turning 75 years old this December! What better way to celebrate than with a blogathon honoring this timeless holiday classic?

Director Frank Capra didn’t set out to make a Perennial staple when choosing his next film project after returning from WWII, he simply liked the story.

Over time, It’s a Wonderful Life grew a fascinating life story all it’s own. And it keeps on growing as more fans embrace and tune in to the heartwarming tale of George Bailey and his triumphal realization that he really does have what the title claims – a wonderful life!

This blogathon is dedicated to all things It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). You may write about anything from George Bailey’s lasso to the various parodies/homages done over the years – except for sources with potentially sensitive material (such as Saturday Night Live).

Like the film itself, let’s keep this event as family friendly as possible 🙂

You may also choose to reflect on what the film means to you personally or to analyze a particular scene.

The choice is all yours, and I’m looking forward to seeing what direction you creative bloggers choose to take!

Even if you’re not a fan of the film, there might be something here for you too! Just remember to keep your post respectful, diplomatic, and clean, please. Thank you!

Here are some ideas to get you started…

  • Pre-Production
  • Post-Production
  • The Casting
  • The Cast
  • The Character Actors
  • The Child Actors
  • The Director
  • The Writers
  • The Source Material
  • The Music
  • Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart Collabs (as long as ‘Life’ is included)
  • The Legacy of the Film
  • The Special Snow Effects
  • AFI Listings for the film: Potter, George, & More
  • Favorite Moments
  • Personal Remembrances
  • Scene Analysis
  • Noir Elements
  • Remaining Cast Members
  • Nominations & Awards
  • Any of the Books about the Film
  • Adaptations: Radio, Stage, Film & TV
  • Remakes
  • Sequels

Websites of Interest

Check out the film’s IMDb HERE

See the film’s Wikipedia HERE

Find Parodies and Adaptations HERE

The Nitty Gritty

1. For this blogathon you may write about anything pertaining to It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and its adaptations, sequels, parodies, and remakes, providing they do not include potentially sensitive material (such as Saturday Night Live). Like the film itself, let’s keep this event as family friendly as possible 🙂

2. A topic may be covered no more than 2 times, however there are no limits on personal remembrances of the film.

3. I will be accepting no more than 2 posts per person. All contributions must be new material only.

4. Whatever you choose, please make sure to mention the original film in your post as that’s what we are celebrating through this blogathon. Also, please keep the posts respectful, otherwise they will not be accepted.

5. In your post, please include one of the blogathon banners and link back to my blog and the post that I will release on December 11th so that others may read the wonderful entries.

6. To express your interest in participating, simply leave me a comment below with the name and URL of your blog and your topic of choice. I will add you to the roster once I’ve confirmed your topic.

7. The blogathon will take place on December 11th-13th, 2021. Please publish and send your link to me on a day that the event is running…And that’s it!

Please help yourself to a banner from down below to include in your post and to help spread the word. I am looking forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of It’s a Wonderful Life with you!

Thank you, and I will see you in December!

List of Participants:

The Classic Movie Muse | TBA

Movies Meet Their Match |  TBA

Realweegiemidget Reviews |  It Happened One Christmas (1977)

Taking Up Room |  Favorite Moments from It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Caftan Woman | Bert & Ernie: An Overview of the Careers of Ward Bond & Frank Faylen

Old Books and Movies | Adventures in Odyssey’s Radio Show Remake“It’s a Pokenberry Christmas”

Journeys in Classic Film | The Use of Flashbacks & Nostalgia in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

I Found it at the Movies | Personal Thoughts on It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Nitrateglow | H. B. Warner as Mr. Gower & An Overview of His Career

Kelly Kitchens hosted by CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch | My Special Connection to It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Coffee, Classics, & Craziness | Top 5 Moments that Make me Cry in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

The Flapper Dame | Why It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Still Matters and Always Will

Silver Screen Classics | A Study of the Themes in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Dbmoviesblog | Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life & Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

Magic Time | The Noir Elements of It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Hamlette’s Soliloquy | Modern Dream Casting for It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Lee Mac | The Significance of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

18 Cinema Lane | TBA

The Classic Film Connection | It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – The Turning Point of James Stewart’s Career

A Person in the Dark | One of the Sexiest Kiss Scenes Ever

The Edge of the Precipice | Review of The Greatest Gift & Capra’s Inspiration

The Banners

Thank You, Bloggers!! Wrapping up The Bernard Herrmann Blogathon 2021

Hello, all! I trust you’ve had a safe and happy Halloween!

We are ready to wrap up the blogathon…well, almost! There is another entry coming in and possibly a few stragglers, so keep your eyes on this page for the last of this Halloween celebration of legendary composer Bernard Herrmann!

We’ve had everything from movie reviews to personal remembrances shared over the weekend. The tones ranging from funny, touching, and enlightening to foreboding, dark, and frightening. Just what the doctor ordered when celebrating such a man and his contrasting body of work.

Bloggers, thank you for your appreciation and enthusiasm for Herrmann and for contributing to make this event a success! You’ve not only made this blogathon possible, you’ve made my first experience as hostess a wonderful one. For that I am very grateful!

In fact, I had so much fun, I’m already cooking up my next one. Stay tuned!

Comment below if you’d like to see this event come back next year! I would be more than happy to host it once again.

To round out the bash, I leave you with Herrmann’s personal favorite of his scores and one of mine as well, the wistful and romantic The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.

A perfect end to a perfect weekend. Thanks again!

Treats All Around: The Bernard Herrmann Blogathon Begins!!

Happy Halloweekend and Welcome one and all to The Bernard Herrmann Blogathon!

Are you ready to embark on this weekend full of spellbinding mystery and musical delights? I know I am!

Bernard Herrmann needs no introduction. His music is the very definition of the word iconic. From a barbaric shower scene, to ghostly cottages, to an eerie alien invasion, he did it all. And with a completely new musical landscape that nailed the setting every time.

A complex man who was known for his abrupt manner but had a sensitive side as well, he excelled at and pioneered the art of conveying psychology through music.

His powerful music is imprinted on some of the most beloved classic films and his influence is never-ending, reaching into the hearts and minds of composers and movie lovers today.

I admire Herrmann tremendously and am so pleased and honored to be honoring him with my very first blogathon.

So without further ado, thank you for joining us in this celebration! I hope you find a “new” film or two…Because one can never have too much Herrmann 😉

Check back to this post often as I will be updating as the blogathon rolls on!

Bloggers, thank you for making this a special event by lending your time and talent! I can’t wait to read your thoughts!

Please leave me a comment below when you are ready to unveil your compositions. I will add them to the programme as soon as I can!

The Programme

The Classic Movie Muse | Visiting the Maestro: The Final Resting Place of Bernard Herrmann in Elmont, New York

Realweegiemidget Reviews |  Marnie (1964)

I Found It At the Movies |  North by Northwest (1959)

Silver Screenings | 5 Fingers (1952)

Nitrateglow | On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Hamlette’s Soliloquy | Jane Eyre (1943)

Classic For a Reason |  Vertigo (1958)

Caftan Woman |  Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

A Full Rich Blather | The Trouble with Harry (1955)

Taking Up Room | The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Coffee, Classics, and Craziness | Top 5 Favorite Herrmann Soundtracks

Journeys in Classic Film | The Wrong Man (1956)

Diary of a Movie Maniac | Hangover Square (1945)

Magic Time | The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Critica Retro | The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

The Classic Film Connection | Psycho (1960)

Second Sight Cinema | Citizen Kane (1941)

The Flapper Dame | Garden of Evil (1954)

18 Cinema Lane | The Trap (1959)

It’s My 2 Year Blogaversary! Here’s Why I Started the Muse

Hello, dear readers!

As you can tell from the title of today’s post, we have some celebrating to do! Two years ago, I pushed the publish button and created this little corner of the internet to share my love of classic movies with all of you.

I’m so grateful to you for supporting The Classic Movie Muse through these two years. I appreciate every follow, like, every minute you’ve taken to read my posts, and every kind word you’ve left in the comments.

The connections I have made here are of great value to me and your positive energy and love for classic movies inspires me.

Thank you!!

To be honest, I’ve struggled with what to write for this occasion. Such an event demands a special post…But after much thought, I thought I’d go back to the beginning and share how I got started on this blogging journey.

Where it All Began

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved classic movies. My mother, a classic movie enthusiast, encouraged a love of the arts from a young age and for me, classic movies were an irresistible gateway into that world.

Growing up, trips to libraries became part of my after school routine. Each trip brought the excitement that a new film could be found, and with it a new experience that was hard to equal.

The Slipping Away

But when I became an adult and moved out of my parents’ home, I drifted away from classic movies. I tried to adopt a mentality that didn’t align with my principles for the sake of “fitting in,” and as you can imagine, I was miserable.

Reunited

One day, I came to my senses. I don’t remember when it happened, but somehow I realized that I needed classic movies in my life. Thank goodness that lightbulb went off! The joy was back and I felt like myself again. Oh, it was glorious!

Bit by the Blogging Bug

I remember a night sitting in my cozy chair when I wanted some background information on a movie I had just seen. While searching online, I came across the classic movie blogging world, a community of like minded people who were talking about the things I was passionate about. I thought “hey, this looks really great, I want to do this too!”

And so the Muse was born.

Click here for my post on One Touch of Venus (1948), the charming comedy where the “face” of the Muse comes from.

Movies as Medicine

I’m sure you can agree that movies serve many purposes. I almost like to think of them as a prescription – that they can help cure whatever is ailing us.

Personally, this past year has held its worthy share of sorrows and triumphs, and through it all, the magic of classic movies have been a comfort and inspiration that have helped me make it through.

Whether it’s for a good laugh, a much needed cry, a boost of encouragement, or to provoke deep thought and contemplation, my hope is that my blog will point you in the right direction so you can find exactly what you need at any given moment.

Closing

Because I focus on topics which move me in some way, it has been very rewarding starting The Classic Movie Muse and sharing my experiences with you.

My hope is that my blog will be of value as you navigate the myriads of classic movies in search of your desired experience.

Here’s to many more years, and again, a HUGE thank you from me to you!

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