September is drawing near its close, so it is high time for us to announce our annual blogathon, The Great Breening Blogathon! Four years ago, this was the first blogathon we ever hosted! Since then, we have hosted it every year around October 14, Joseph I. Breen’s birthday. Despite the fact that about four blogathons are being hosted the week of the 14th this year, we are hosting this blogathon for the fourth time in 2020 in honor of what would have been his 132nd birthday. We can’t let Mr. Breen’s birthday go unrecognized!
This year, the celebration is called The 4th Annual Great Breening Blogathon! The dates are October 12-14, Monday through Wednesday. We chose the earlier part of the week to avoid conflicting earlier announced for the weekend. Click the links below to see the entries in the last four years of the celebration.
The rules for this year’s blogathon are very similar to last year’s. However, we’ve simplified it even further. Instead of also including reviews to Code films, we are strictly focusing on breening un-Code films. After all, it is the Great Breening Blogathon! We also are allowing tributes to Joseph Breen and his life, since this blogathon is in his honor.
If you want to try your hand at breening, the Production Code Administration’s unique process of self-regulation which we imitate in Breening Thursday articles, this is your chance! Choose an un-Code film, that means a movie which was not made in America between July 1934 and 1954. Then, watch it and try to determine what elements would have been different if it had been made during the American Breen Era. How would it have been changed to become a Code film? Click here to read our article on how to breen, and read about which films are eligible for breening here. Note: Films which we or guest writers have already breened are ineligible as topics, since each film can only be breened once. Check the Breening Thursday page for the complete list of breeneed films.
Here are the posters for this blogathon!
Breening: Silent Films
Breening: Pre-Code Films
Breening: Foreign Films
Breening: Shurlock Era Films
Breening: Rating System Era Films
Tributes to Joseph I. Breen
- All articles must be either breening articles or tributes to Joseph I. Breen
- Breening articles must be about silent films, pre-Code films (talkies released before July 1934), foreign films (movies made between 1934 and 1954 but not in America), Shurlock Era films (movies made 1955-1968), and Rating System Era films (movies released after November 1, 1968).
- Breening articles are not just reviews of un-Code films. They must state how films would have been different if made under the Code. They don’t have to be as elaborate as our breening articles, but they must state how at least some problems might have been changed.
- Breening topics must not have been breened before.
- Tributes to Joseph I. Breen should be specifically about Mr. Breen himself or his work at the PCA at large. Simple reviews of individual Code films do not qualify.
- Please leave a comment telling us your chosen topic.
- Use the banners to spread the word!
- Please include a link to the blogathon page and the appropriate poster in your article.
- Write as many articles as you want!
- Please publish your article before or on the dates of the blogathon, October 12-14. We will accept late entries, knowing how hard it sometimes is to finish on time!
The Roster So Far:
- Tiffany Brannan of PEPS – Breening Oliver (1948) and a Tribute to Joseph I. Breen
- Rebekah Brannan of PEPS – Breening The Invisible Man (1933)
- MovieCritic of Movies Meet Their Match – Breening Clue (1985)
- Rebecca Deniston of Taking Up Room – Breening The Three Musketeers (1993)
More Coming Soon!
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