A good friend of mine over at Film at 11 is having a blog-a-thon!!! Called the “American Cinema” Anniversay blog-a-thon, it centers on the 40th anniversary of Andrew Sarris’ The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968.I can’t say I’ve read it yet, but with my march break just a few weeks away and the thon only starting April 14th I may have time to pick it up. Regardless, Monsieur 11 summarizes quite well the format, intention and breakdown of the book for us lesser beings who have a hard time finishing a book of any kind.
The intention of the blog-a-thon is to evalute or re-evalute American auteurs (or, foreign filmmakers who have made a mark on the American film scene like John Woo or Ang Lee). Directly from the page, the guideline is : “By no means do you need to write or think like Citizen Sarris. I just hope to achieve some creativity in the framework that he set up forty years ago. Basically, pick a director who either debuted or had significant work in the period since 1968; several big names, from Coppola to Kubrick to Cassavetes, have minor write-ups in Sarris’ tome but produced major works since. ” The different categories of filmmakers are organized on the page, check them out!
Although more of a classical Hollywood kind of gal, I’ll see what I can cook up for this one. Should be an interesting adventure! So much excitement!!