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The Fourth “For the Love of Film” Blogathon Begins Today!

After a two-year hiatus, For the Love of Film: the Film Preservation Blogathon returns today to start its fourth edition. Hosted by a group of film blogs, the event is a fundraiser to benefit the National Film Preservation Foundation. Each edition of For the Love of Film seeks to raise money to preserve a particular film, which is then made available for free streaming after its restoration. This year, the organizers of the blogathon seek to raise $10,000 to restore Cupid in Quarantine (1918), a one-reel silent comedy. The theme for this year’s blogathon is science fiction. The event lasts five days and will be hosted by Ferdy on Films (today and tomorrow), This Island Rod (Friday and Saturday), and will conclude on Sunday over on Wonders in the Dark. You can read more about the blogathon on any of those sites. Please consider donating to the preservation effort here.

Having participated in the last two For the Love of Film blogathons – the 2011 edition which focused on film noir and the 2012 event that focused on Hitchcock – many of the USIH Bloggers look forward to taking part in this one. Over the the next five days, expect to hear from Andrew Hartman on Battlestar Gallactica, Ray Haberski on Raymond Bradbury and the “Butterfly effect,” possibly posts on Brother From Another Planet and Star Wars, and, I suspect, a number of posts of which I’m not yet aware. As For the Love of Film posts go up on the blog, I’ll add links below this introductory post, so that navigating to the various USIH contributions to the blogathon will be easy. Be sure, as well, to check the host sites for comprehensive lists of each day’s posts from around the web.

Please go below the fold for a list of this blog’s For the Love of Film IV posts.

Andrew Hartman on Battlestar Galactica and science fiction as political criticism.

Tim Lacy on early critical responses to Star Wars (1977).

Ray Haberski on Ray Bradbury and the Butterfly Effect.

Ben Alpers on science fiction and history.