The CMBA profiles two classic movie blogs per month, on the 1st and the 15th. Today we're paying tribute to Patricia from Caftan Woman.
Patricia from Caftan Woman is just like that relative. Her blog covers many films that don't receive a lot of love these days, and her reviews make you want to watch these films and immediately show them to others. This is because her well-researched posts shine with a passion for classic film.
"John Ford is my religion," she writes in her profile, and says she has a "particular fondness" for westerns, screwball comedies, musicals, B mysteries and film noir.
An example of Patricia's fondness for film noir – that is also an example of her shrewd powers of observation – can be found in this post on Claire Trevor's fashion decline in Born to Kill (1947).
CMBA: What sparked your interest in classic film?
Caftan Woman: Bonding moments with my movie buff dad and three younger sisters. TVOntario's (public television) Saturday Night at the Movies hosted by Elwy Yost, produced by Rise Schuman. A double bill each Saturday of uncut, commercial free classic films with interviews and an educational component. It made reverence for the films acceptable. Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide and other books which inspired a personal stewardship toward the movies I loved.
CMBA: What makes a film a "classic" in your opinion?
Caftan Woman: A classic film is a window into the artistry of its creators and the heart of the viewer.
CMBA: What classic film(s) do you recommend to people who say they hate old movies?
Caftan Woman: I have had success introducing "haters" to 12 Angry Men, The Set-Up and Winchester '73.
CMBA: Why should people care about classic film?
Caftan Woman: I have found that most people who don't care about classic film also don't care about history. A civilization that forgets its history is shallow.
CMBA: What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
Caftan Woman: Sharing my love of classic film and learning from and being inspired by fellow film bloggers.
CMBA: What challenges do you face with your blog, and how do you overcome them?
Caftan Woman: My biggest challenge is being lazy, and I overcome that by signing up for the imaginative blogathons that come our way.
CMBA: What advice would you give to a new blogger?
Caftan Woman: Don't wear yourself out. Write about what moves you passionately. Don't compare yourself to others.
Thank you for joining us, Patricia! You can visit her blog by clicking HERE.