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The original announcement:
Canada contributes so much to film history and pop culture, and so with glowing hearts, we announce the second O Canada blogathon, to occur FEB 1-5, 2016, a time to celebrate how much Canadians, Canadian subjects and settings have shaped cinema. Your co-hosts are:
Many iconic stars came from Up North, people like:
- Norma Shearer
- Mary Pickford
- Raymond Burr
- Rod Cameron
- Jack Carson
- Hume Cronyn
- Glenn Ford
- Yvonne de Carlo
- Marie Dressler
- Douglas Dumbrille
- Deanna Durbin
- Michael J. Fox
- Jonathan Frid
- Lorne Greene
- June Havoc
- Walter Huston
- John Ireland
- Ruby Keeler
- Margot Kidder
- Gene Lockhart
- Raymond Massey
- Leslie Nielsen
- Walter Pidgeon
- Christopher Plummer
- John Qualen
- Ann Rutherford
- Alexis Smith
- Jay Silverheels
- William Shatner
- Ned Sparks
- Donald Sutherland
- Fay Wray
Click here for more suggestions, or see a list of silent stars both male and female. You can write a bio or choose a movie (or more than one) that features their talent. Note: if someone is doing a bio, you are still welcome to focus on a specific movie by that same person.
Many moviemakers and behind the scenes figures include:
- Douglas Shearer
- Mack Sennett
- Louis B. Mayer
- Jack Warner
- Sidney Olcott
- David Cronenberg
- Norman Jewison
- Arthur Hiller
- Atom Egoyan
and more like the ones listed here.
Canadian films/productions, any movie with a story/topic relating to Canada, movies prominently set or even shot here are all fair game for this blogathon, including :
- I Confess
- River of no Return
- Hudson’s Bay
- The Devil’s Brigade
- The Immortal Battalion
- Corvette K225 (and many other war movies involving Canadian military)
- Island in the Sky
- Rose Marie
- A Bullet for Joey
- The Brood
- The Fly
- The Changeling
- The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
- Atlantic City
- Northwest Trail
- Zero Hour
- Northwest Mounted Police (plus any of the myriad of Mountie movies)
and that’s just for starters…
You may want to write about some aspect of Canada’s impact on the movies, such as an author, host, source material or something unique to the Canadian movie fan’s experience, such as a theater, filming location or organization.
Browse through these helpful pages to see more:
Some rules to remember:
- No duplicates please, so that we can cover as many eras and products of this vast land as possible
- we encourage classic movies but certainly won’t exclude modern choices
- you don’t need to choose a specific date to post
Now please look at the roster at the end of this post to see which topics are already taken, and then use this form to sign up (or click here to open this form in a new window). (the form is closed)
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Help yourself to any of the gorgeous banners in this post, put it on your blog, and link back to this post. Thanks for joining us, and see you FEB 1-5, 2016!
THE FINAL ROSTER:
Serendipitous Anachronisms hangs out with that crazy Canadian troupe Kids in the Hall.
Love Letters to Old Hollywood has a ball with Canadian Deanna Durbin in It Started with Eve (1941).
Film Music Central celebrates Canadian composer Howard Shore, who scored over 80 films in his career, including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbittrilogies.
Parallax View looks at the career and memorable performances of Canadian John Ireland.
Movie Movie Blog Blog knocks back a cold one with Bob and Doug MacKenzie in Strange Brew (1983)
The James Bond Social Media Project spies on a real-life tale of espionage in the Canadian capital in The Iron Curtain (1948).
The Stop Button recommends a drinking game if watching the Canadian thriller Black Christmas (1974).
BNoirDetour becomes immersed in bilingual film noir in the Canadian film Whispering City (1947).
The Last Drive In channels one of the scariest ghost stories ever filmed in Canada or anywhere, The Changeling (1980).
Laini Giles looks at the career and remarkable life of Canadian-born actress Marie Prevost.
Cinematic Scribblings delves into the intriguing true story of a young woman in self-exile in Halifax in The Story of Adèle H. (1975)
Phantom Empires reviews the “supremely fulfilling” heroic Mountie flick Northwest Rangers (1942).
Moon in Gemini presents a film that examines culture and racial stereotyping: Double Happiness (1994).
Now Voyaging brings us Canada’s most successful silent film, Back to God’s Country (1919)
Thoughts All Sorts pays tribute to the prolific and versatile Canadian actor, Donald Sutherland.
Twenty Four Frames covers the controversial film set on a Canadian farm, The Fox (1967)
Classic Movie Man is charmed by Canadian Deanna Durbin and her make-believe father in Mad About Music (1938).
Niagara (1953) romance and murder plots by the glorious Falls
Mon Oncle Antoine (1971) the story of youth in a Quebec mining town
Susannah of the Mounties (1939) Shirley Temple visits Alberta
Anne of Green Gables (1934), the spunky P.E.I redhead
Douglass Dumbrille, familiar character actor from Ontario
The Trap (1966), shot in British Columbia
Fiend Without a Face (1958) Manitoba is featured in this movie with brains
Make Mine Criterion guides us through the mind-bending The Forbidden Room(2015).
Caftan Woman discusses the career of the handsome Canadian actor, David Manners, with Jalna (1935).
Noirish scrutinizes a deadly cat-and-mouse game in the French Canadian thriller Le Collectionneur (2002).
Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings delves into Canada’s epic nation-building story in Canadian Pacific (1949).
Blogferatu champions the underrated 1970s horror flick, Rituals (1977).
Voyages Extraordinaires gives us the fascinating behind-the-scenes history of Hudson’s Bay (1941).
Back to Golden Days will turn you into a patriotic Canadian with Captains of the Clouds (1942).
Flights, Tights & Movie Nights gives the side-eye to Heavy Metal 2000 (2000).
The Movie Rat takes a fresh look at Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996).
Criterion Close-Up podcast presents a special episode dedicated to the Great White North with Videodrome (1983) and My Winnipeg (2008).
Wide Screen World pays tribute to the ultra fabulous John Candy. (We still miss him!)
Silver Screenings looks at 49th Parallel (1941): Britain’s Love Letter to Canada
Movies, Silently sees the Mountie get his man in Where the North Holds Sway (1927)
The Wonderful World of Cinema spends A Day in Glenn Ford’s Hometown
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies talks about the career of Jack Carson
It’s a double shot of Cronenberg with…
A Shroud of Thoughts: Shivers (1975)
The Cinematic Frontier: Scanners (1981)
Wolffian Classic Digest: Norma Shearer in Marie Antoinette (1938)
The Frisco Kid has horror-sci-fi classic Cube (1997)
Sister Celluloid: Beatrice Lillie in Clive Brook’s On Approval
Defiant Success looks at the impressive work of director Xavier Dolan
The Movie Rat digs into a Nova Scotia mine, and an unusual friendship, with Pit Pony (1997).
Cinematic Catharsis unearths kid-friendly, stop-motion horror in The Gate (1987).
The Joy and Agony of Movies reviews the only Canadian film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, Atlantic City (1980).
Film Critique shares the body-modification experience that is David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers (1988).
Film Shrug pays tribute to prolific Canadian filmmaker Seth Rogen.
Silver Scenes tells us what it took for pioneers to endure a harsh Canadian
environment with Mrs. Mike (1949).
Portraits by Jenni appraises Canadian Leslie Nielsen in Forbidden Planet(1956).