Announcing the 2018 Reel Infatuation Blogathon!

You’re pardoned if you thought that this year’s Reel Infatuation Blogathon was a no-go. Never fear! The announcement is late, but our enthusiasm for #charactercrushes is as strong as ever!

It’s time, once again, to dust off ye olde pens/pencils/keyboards, and get to crackin’ explaining why you love the fictional character(s) you do!

 I’ll lead off this year’s confession fest by naming my pick for the blogathon. It’s none other than…

Artemus Gordon

Mr. Artemus Gordon!

(But, more on that later…)

Ruth’s choice remains a mystery, probably because she’s been working overtime designing this year’s blogathon banners. She has really gone several steps above and beyond. Check ’em out!

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Aren’t they just the best?

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Whether you’re new to the RI Blogathon, or need a refresher, here is a primer.

When you’re ready to sign up, just leave a comment on this post or over on Silver Screenings.

We can’t wait to see your choices!

Mary Pickford (1919)

(Mary says, “Don’t keep ’em in suspense for too long! Sign up today.”)

Check back here for any pertinent updates. Other than that, we’ll see you in June.

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Gloria Swanson…

I’m a bit late, but yesterday was the 35th anniversary of her death. She was a singular lady, that one. 

    Gloria Swanson in Don’t Change Your Husband (1919).

#ReelInfatuation Blogathon: The Most Stylish Sisters of 1954

Move over, Jackie and Lee. The unofficial (and totally made-up) title of The Most Stylish Sisters of 1954 goes to Betty and Judy Haynes. These savvy and sensational showbiz siblings prove the veracity of the famous Coco Chanel quote: “Fashion changes, but style endures.”

Bombshells in Blue

Bombshells in Blue

Their styles are different, but, as befits a sister act, complementary. Betty (Rosemary Clooney) is chic but serious; this perfectly suits her role as the mother hen elder sister. Judy (Vera-Ellen), the irresponsible kid sis, is kicky and fun on-stage and off; her wardrobe definitely fits her attitude. They both know how to dress, with panache, elegance, and personal style, for any occasion that presents itself. Proof of this can be found in the following fashion show… Continue reading

[The Great Villain Blogathon] Blanche Fury: How the Beautiful People Dress

Blanche Fury certainly knew how to dress. She was always on point, whatever the  circumstance: from poor relation to lady of the manor, sexy adulteress to “grieving” widow, she had it going on. Her lover, Philip Thorn, was right there with her, looking fine. Fine. Here are some of the occasions when Blanche and/or Philip looked better than we ever could:

 

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♦Charlotte is our Fashion correspondent. Her dream closet consists of the collective wardrobes of 796 films.

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[The Great Villain Blogathon] Blanche Fury: Illicit Love is a Killing Thing

Effie

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Where Everything is Beautiful and Everyone Dies:

Granger and Hobson

Granger and Hobson

 The titular Blanche Fury and her lover Philip Thorn are outstandingly beautiful people. Their clothes are elegant and perfectly cut. The vast estate on which they live is richly appointed. It is full of expensive furniture and many servants. They are passionate, and very much in love with each other.

Unfortunately for them…

their lives are playing out in a Gothic genre film set in the Victorian era.

Too bad, beautiful people.

It was nice knowing you.
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Font and Frock: A Brief History

2010:

Font and Frock came into the world with passionate intentions. Several months later, it died the way it was born: as a double-sided, hard copy ‘zine. The hand-assembled publication had two covers, two themes, and one goal: to present arts-related topics in a variety of intelligent, witty, and distinct ways. The front half (Font) was brim-full with original poetry, short stories, and literary essays. The back-end (Frock) covered classic film, pop culture, and fashion.

Contributors came from across the United States and Canada. It was a true labor of love, and one I had every intention of fostering to success.

Then I got engaged.

Between working full-time, moving to a new flat, and planning a wedding, something had to give. That something was, of course, Font and Frock. By the time I settled into newly married bliss, my not-so-little publication was a thing of the past. In the  meantime, other creative pursuits had muscled their way into my heart and head.

My fondness for the project remained.

I always knew that, one day, I’d return to Font and Frock. One day, when I had more time. One day, when things weren’t so hectic. One day, after I had accomplished other creative goals.

2015:

That day is almost here.

The new Font and Frock is a bit different from its predecessor. The vessel of expression has changed from a ‘zine to a blog (for now, at least). She’s also half the girl she used to be, content-wise. A Small Press Life took over where Font left off: it is home to my obsession with obscure books, dead writers, and all things old-timey literature related. This blog, then, will focus on what remains: (classic) films, fashion, flash fiction, and feminism.

I hope you’ll hang around to see her come back to life.

❤ Maedez