Friday, May 13, 2011

The Classic Movies of 1939 Blogathon: May 15th -17th, 2011

Next week a blogathon sponsored by The Classic Movie Blog Association kicks off on Sunday, May 15th and will run through Tuesday, May 17th. This event will celebrate the exceptionally interesting classic movies that premiered in 1939 as the studio system reached its zenith. These flicks blended the highest technical achievements with considerable artistry and storytelling skill, (and an undeniable amount of show biz pizzazz)--and those chosen by participating bloggers are not all American-made! The complete list of the movies that will be featured in the blogathon can be seen here.

I chose the less well known We Are Not Alone (1939) to examine next week. Directed by Edmund Goulding and based on a James Hilton novel, the movie starred Paul Muni, Flora Robson, and Jane Bryan. This nearly forgotten film received good reviews such as critic Frank Nugent's description of the movie as "a film of rare tenderness and beauty, compassionate and grave, possessed above all of the quality of serenity" in The New York Times. Unfortunately, the movie's contemplative tone was overwhelmed by the plethora of larger-scale films in that exceptional year, and it did not find a larger audience. I hope that you will enjoy rediscovering We Are Not Alone with me.

I look forward to reading the posts of all my fellow bloggers!

The TCM Classic Cruise

TCM has announced that the first TCM Classic Cruise will run from Dec. 8-12, 2011. It will be a four-day/four-night event aboard the Celebrity Millennium and will sail from Miami to Key West and Cozumel. The ship holds 2,000 passengers in 1,017 staterooms, 80% of which feature an ocean view. Pre-sale begins May 9 and runs through May 19. Cabins go on sale publicly May 20. Prices for interior cabins start at $795, which also includes meals, entertainment, and onboard activities.

The TCM Classic Cruise will include live appearances by Hollywood legends, as well as exclusive events with Robert Osborne and TCM weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz. In addition to the ocean liner’s amenities, travelers will be treated to a wide variety of movie-themed events, from screenings and panel discussions to trivia contests and parties.“After the enormous success of the TCM Classic Film Festival and our Road to Hollywood tour, the TCM Classic Cruise will once again demonstrate that TCM is more than just a network; it’s a community,” said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of brand and digital activation/general manager of festivals for TCM, TBS and TNT.

To see more about this event, the website features more information and details on booking a reservation. Here's the itinerary as of today:

Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 - Depart Miami, FL (approx. @ 4:30pm)
Friday, Dec 9, 2011 - Key West, Florida (7:00am - 1:30pm)
Saturday, Dec 10, 2011 - Cozumel, Mexico (11:30am - 8:30pm)
Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 - Day at Sea
Monday, Dec 12, 2011 - Arrive Miami, FL (approx. @ 7:00am ET)

Even if most of us can only enjoy this trip vicariously, this blog will post updates as they become available. I hope that anyone going will post a comment here too. Bon Voyage, friends!


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