Wednesday, November 30, 2016

CMBA Blog Profile: Shadows and Satin



The CMBA profiles two classic movie blogs per month, on the 1st and 15th of the month. Today we're featuring Karen from Shadows and Satin.

Shadows and Satin is one of those can’t-wait-to-see-what’s-happening-next blogs.

Karen’s site is dedicated to films noir and noir filmmakers, as well as pre-Code flicks, and she packs each post with juicy history and insightful commentary. As editor of The Dark Pages, she has an expert knowledge of film noir, even the more obscure films and actors in this genre.

As a pre-Code fan, she shares her infectious enthusiasm and considerable research with her readers.  One example is her essay on actress Lilyan Tashman.

I discovered Lilyan Tashman by sheer happenstance,” says Karen. “I was watching an extra on a DVD (she wasn't even in the movie!) when I saw Tashman and her husband, Edmund Lowe. And there was just something about her that captivated me. It took me several months to research and write the post; the more I learned about her, the more fascinated I became. I was really proud of the outcome – and one of the comments I received was from the granddaughter of Tashman’s cousin! That was the icing on the cake.”

You can read about Ms. Tashman HERE.


CMBA: What sparked your interest in classic film?
Shadows and Satin: I wish I had a really cool story to tell – like, my great-grandmother's favorite movie was Miracle on 34th Street, and I fell in love old movies after she took me to see it one Christmas, or I was at home sick with the mumps and was totally mesmerized when 42nd Street came on TV after Bozo's Circus went off. But I don't. I've simply loved classic movies for as long as I can remember.


CMBA: What makes a film a "classic" in your opinion?
Shadows and Satin: Generally speaking, I believe that two characteristics make a movie a classic: passage of time and continued interest. More specifically, a significant amount of time has to have passed since the film's release, and it has to continue to foster interest and appreciation in ensuing generations.

CMBA: What classic film(s) do you recommend to people who say they hate old movies?
Shadows and Satin: I don't actually know anyone who's ever said they "hate" old movies, but my niece's exposure to classic films is woefully lacking, and I recently showed her Leave Her to Heaven. She was quite taken with it.




CMBA: Why should people care about classic film?
Shadows and Satin: Classic films are just like any other part of history – we should care about them because they are us

CMBA: What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
Shadows and Satin: For me, the most rewarding thing about blogging is the idea that someone out there might have derived as much pleasure from reading my words as I do writing them.


CMBA: What challenges do you face with your blog, and how do you overcome them?
Shadows and Satin: My only challenge is dealing with the tendency of real life to interfere with my writing time. I try to overcome this challenge by signing up for blogathons and the annual month-long "Noirvember" event – these activities help keep me on my toes and force me to carve out the much-needed time to settle down in front of my computer. 

CMBA: What advice would you give to a new blogger?
Shadows and Satin: Keep a small notebook with you and whenever you get an idea, jot it down.
 
 
Thank you for joining us, Karen! You can visit Satin and Shadows by clicking HERE.
https://shadowsandsatin.wordpress.com/

Monday, November 14, 2016

CMBA Blog Profile: DearMrGable.com



The CMBA profiles two classic movie blogs per month, on the 1st and 15th of the month. Today we're featuring Meredith from DearMrGable.com.

Every great movie star deserves a website – especially a legend like the great Clark Gable.

Meredith of DearMrGable.com has created the ultimate online tribute to Gable, one that includes his filmography and brief reviews of every film he ever made, along with a listing of his radio show appearances, a photo gallery and biographical information.

Meredith also tackles the gossip that surrounded Gable’s career and personal life, even the rumors about his marriage to Carole Lombard.

“Other than his role in GWTW,” says Meredith, “the most popular subject when it comes to Clark Gable is his relationship with Carole Lombard. Tired of hearing people repeat unsupported rumors, I wrote a piece about their relationship a few years ago that has since become the number one hit on my site.

You can read Meredith’s findings on Gable and Lombard HERE.


CMBA: What sparked your interest in classic film?
DearMrGable.com: I'm one of those people who like to say I was born in the wrong era. As a child in the 1980's I liked Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty more than The Little Mermaid. When I was a preteen, I watched Nick at Nite endlessly – The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, The Donna Reed Show, Mister Ed. My grandparents used to show me 1950's musicals that they rented from the library. I've always been drawn to the past. 


CMBA: What makes a film a "classic" in your opinion?
DearMrGable.com: Not everything that is "old" is classic. A classic to me is a film that embodies its decade, that has a great script with a great cast and just plunks you down into their era.

CMBA: What classic film(s) do you recommend to people who say they hate old movies?
DearMrGable.com: Since my blog is focused on Clark Gable, I'll stick to his films. Everyone should see Gone with the Wind, absolutely without question. I know plenty of people who don't like classic films in general but appreciate GWTW. The film I always point people to after GWTW is It Happened One Night. You don't have to love classic film to appreciate the fantastic script and undeniable chemistry between Gable and Colbert. Both of those films are absolute musts.

  
CMBA: Why should people care about classic film?
DearMrGable.com: In this day and age of sequels and re-dos, it's refreshing to go back and experience what Hollywood was like as it was just beginning. Those days of glamour and glitz are gone and, while I'm not one of those people that says everything Hollywood releases nowadays is junk, it's nice to go back and look at stars who didn't Instagram what they had for breakfast every morning. 

  
CMBA: What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
DearMrGable.com: The people I meet! I receive fascinating emails from people all over the world, some of which I've met in person. It's nice to know there are passionate fans like me out there.  Also, my blog has taken me on research trips to Ohio and Los Angeles, where I've really felt connected to Clark Gable as a person. There's something about following in someone's footsteps that makes that person more real to you. 

  
CMBA: What challenges do you face with your blog, and how do you overcome them?
DearMrGable.com: When I started my blog in 2009, I bought a book on coding and literally coded the entire website from scratch. I was very happy to move over to WordPress later! I also have a photo gallery and a Facebook page in addition to trying to research material for the blog, and at times it can be overwhelming, but at the end of the day it's a hobby that I truly enjoy. 

CMBA: What advice would you give to a new blogger?
DearMrGable.com: You definitely have to have a passion for your subject – whatever that may be. It'd be hard to keep churning out new information if you don't have that motivation. It will be difficult to continue year after year. 

  
Thank you for joining us, Meredith! You can visit DearMrGable.com by clicking HERE.