And we're off! Already some intrepid ladies and gentlemen have sallied forth with posts to kick off our "British Empire in Film" blogathon. Jolly good work, I say, wot?
Here's a quick round-up of the tasty Brit pics we've got lined up thus far:
Over at A Person in the Dark, Flickchick has a great look at the early talkie, The Letter (1929), starring ill-fated silent screen siren, Jeanne Eagels, (coincidentally, the first person to receive a posthumous Oscar nomination, for her work in this film).
And at Sometimes they go to Eleven, Giles serves up some fascinating historical detail in his erudite review of Satyajit Ray's The Chess Players (1977).
A Finnish blogger who goes by the nom de plume, "Graduated Cylinder," offers up an image-tastic look at the 1966 epic Khartoum, over at his fun site, Shameless Pile of Stuff. (There's a nice potted history of Sudan included as well.)
Caftan Woman has a typically excellent write-up on the Randolph Scott version of The Last of the Mohicans (1936) over at her blog.
And from across the pond in Ol' Blighty itself, Jerry Entract chimes in with a fine guest piece on Zoltan Korda's The Drum (1938). (We're proud to host Jerry's review here at The Stalking Moon.)
Please do us a favor and head over to the above sites to see what these fine folks have to say about these flicks, and don't be afraid to leave some comments, if so inclined. Thanks again to the above writers for joining Clayton and I on this first day of our inaugural blogathon!
11/13/2014 11:58:52 pm
An eclectic start to the "British Empire in Film" blogathon, Jeff. I read Giles review of "The Chess Players" with interest except I know it as "Shatranj Ke Khilari" and watched it as such. It is one of Satyajit Ray's famous films. Many Indian movies are set in and around chess which is believed to have been invented in India although there is no proof of that. I hope "A Passage to India," "Jewel in the Crown" and "Gandhi" make it to the blogathon. Meanwhile, I do want to see "Khartoum."
11/14/2014 05:31:29 am
Thank you, Prashant! I'll be particularly interested to hear your thoughts on these films as they crop up over the weekend. Appreciate the further info on SHATRANJ KE KHILARI a.k.a. THE CHESS PLAYERS. I'm really intrigued by that one.
Hi Jeff, My post on KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES is now up!
11/14/2014 06:50:31 pm
Thanks very much for letting us know, Laura! I'll add your post in Saturday's round-up. Looking forward to your take on KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES!
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