Yes, I’ve finally decided to do it: host my own film blogathon!
I considered many, many different topics for my first blogathon, but kept coming back to the Sword & Sandal epics that have captivated film and TV viewers from the silent era right up to the present day. Please join in and celebrate the clash of steel in the arena, the miraculous events of the Bible, the political upheavals of ancient empires!
The event will take place July 8, 9 & 10, 2016. I will not be assigning days. Simply post your articles on or before these dates.
I will allow articles about films made in any country from the birth of film to the present day.
Since there are so many great TV shows that fall under this subject, I will allow them, too. One-off TV movies, mini-series, and weekly TV shows are all permissible.
NO DUPLICATES. There is so much to choose from that I ask you please not to repeat films/topics. However, different versions of the same story are fine.
You do not have to cover a specific film or TV show. General/overview topics about the genre would be great!
What kinds of films/TV shows are eligible?
Bible stories, both Old and New Testament.
Fantasy movies based on ancient mythology.
Anything taking place during ancient history—from biblical times to the fall of the Roman Empire.
Barbarians, both historical and fantasy versions.
Sword and Sandal movies tend to take place in Europe (Greece & Rome), North Africa (Egypt), and the Middle East (what is now modern Israel, Iran, etc.). I will stretch the time constraint to allow other areas of the world. For instance, if you’re dying to write about a Genghis Khan movie, I’ll say yes, even though that’s after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Modern retellings/reimaginings: I will allow this on a case by case basis. If you’re not sure it fits the theme, run it by me and I’ll let you know if it is O.K.
Comedies/parodies and animated films are also welcome!
If you need some suggestions, here are a few lists to help you make your choice:
These lists are not comprehensive! They are just to help inspire you.
I couldn’t find a good list of TV shows, so here are a few suggestions:
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
To claim your topic, please request your choice in the comments section below, or contact me on Twitter (@DebbieVee). Include the name and URL of your blog. Then grab one of the banners below, display it on your blog and link it back to this post.
Thank you so much for joining in!
THE ROSTER SO FAR:
GirlsDoFilm: The Trojan Women (1971)
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: Hercules (1958); Agnes Moorehead’s religious beliefs
Superfluous Film Commentary: Beastmaster (1982)
A Scunner Darkly: Caligula (1979)
Once Upon a Screen: History of the World, Part 1 (1981)