Since it is now June, here at PEPS, we are planning for July, #CleanMovieMonth. For the past two years, we have dedicated this whole month to the Motion Picture Production Code and the twenty years (1934-1954) when Joseph I. Breen’s leadership of the Production Code Administration (PCA) created decent films for everyone. As the highlight of this annual celebration, each year we host a blogathon around July 15, the anniversary of the PCA’s official formation. This blogathon has a different Code-centered theme each year. While we will wait until later in June to announce our plans for celebrating #CleanMovieMonth, we are announcing this year’s Code anniversary blogathon now!
In honor of the 86th anniversary of the PCA’s formation on July 15, 1934, we are hosting the Code Classics Blogathon! This blogathon is about the Code versions of classic literary works. Shakespeare plays, Dickens novels, Sherlock Holmes short stories, Victor Hugo novels, and iconic tales like Phantom of the Opera have been adapted in numerous formats, including dozens of film adaptions. Many of these iconic stories were made as Hollywood movies during the American Breen Era (1934-1954). This blogathon is dedicated to celebrating Code films of classic literature.
The Code Classics Blogathon will take place July 14-17. If you want to join, please read the below rules and then leave a comment, specifying your choice.
- Participants can write about one or more Code classics. Eligible films are those released between July 1934 and 1954.
- Note: These movies must be American. British films or foreign movies from any other country do not count as Code movies even if distributed in the United States during those twenty years. For example, neither the 1948 Oliver Twist nor the 1948 Anna Karenina qualifies as a Code film, since both were British productions.
- Code films reviewed must be adaptions of classic books, short stories, plays, or even poems. These adaptions don’t have to be faithful to source material to qualify.
- Participants may write as many entries as they choose.
- You may also compare a Code adaption of a story to its original source material or to an adaption from a different time period.
- There are no restrictions on duplicates, since everyone has a unique opinion on any film.
- Please include a link to this post and one of the blogathon banners on your post.
- Send us the link to your article(s) on July 14-17! Let us know if you need to post earlier or later.
- Start by leaving a comment below saying you want to join and tell us your proposed topic, if you have chosen one. If you have any questions about what films are eligible, just ask us in the comment section!
- Please help us spread the word about this blogathon with the banners below!
Here are the banners for this blogathon. Please use them in your posts and to help us advertise this event!
Current Roster of Participants:
- Tiffany Brannan of PEPS – Les Miserables (1935)
- Rebekah Brannan of PEPS – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)
- J-Dub of Dubsism – The Three Musketeers (1948)
- MovieCritic of Movies Meet Their Match – The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
- Ruth of Silver Screenings – Pride and Prejudice (1940)
- Rebecca Deniston of Taking Up Room – The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1950)
- Charity of The Sacred in the Secular – The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
- Joe Jordan – So Big (1953)
- Sally Silverscreen of 18 Cinema Lane – To Be Announced
- Eva Schon of Coffee, Classics, and Craziness – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
- Gabriela of Pale Writer – To Be Announced
- Crystal Kalyana of In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – To Each His Own (1946)
Please join the Code Classics Blogathon today! We’ll see you in #CleanMovieMonth!
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