Help me choose a new header photo for The Wonderful World of Cinema! Round 1

You know, I’ve been using that photo of The Philadelphia Story as a header for my blog for four years now. I like it, it’s a great photo but, to be honest, I’m ready for a change, something new! If you remember correctly, that cover photo was chosen thanks to your help and votes. Indeed, I had decided that the theme should be “cast (and crew) photos” and had organized various randomized matches between different photos. During the rounds, you voted for your favourites until we had a winner!

And I wanted to do things the same way to choose a new header image for my blog! I first had to think of a theme. In the end, my choice was: comedies and musicals from the 60s (in colour)! I thought it would be appropriate and a good breath of fresh air as my very first cover photo was from a black and white film of the 30s (Modern Times). The one I have at the moment is from a black and white film from the 40s (The Philadelphia Story). Of course, I wanted to keep things classic and somehow old.

There are, of course, many films I could have chosen photos from, but I finally came up with 12 pictures from 12 different films from the 60s. These 12 final photos were decided that way:

  • It had to be from films I had seen and from films that I personally liked. Check.
  • I preferred not to choose photos from films that were in the last competition. So, as much as I like these films, there’s nothing from The Sound of Music or It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World!
  • And, of course, I had to find nice photos that would fit the header. There are films that fitted the first criterion, but I couldn’t find any interesting good quality photos or, sometimes, I would find one, but then I tested it in the header, and I didn’t think it looked good.

Now, on to the matches! Before voting for your favourite photo in each match, please take notice of the following points:

  • I picked the matches randomly to keep everything fair.
  • You have until April 23, 2021, at 11:59 PM ET, to vote.
  • This is important: Please, vote for your favourite PHOTO, not for your favourite film. That means that even if you haven’t seen all the films, you can still cast a vote in all the matches. It also means that if in one of the matches there’s a film you have seen and one that you haven’t seen, but you prefer the photo from the film you haven’t seen, well, it’s that photo that should have your vote.

Now, forgive me for the insanely long introduction! Here we go with the six matches of round one! PS: I know, there are a lot of Carry Ons, but… you know me!

1- My Fair Lady (George Cukor, 1964) vs. Carry On Cleo (Gerald Thomas, 1964)

2- Sweet Charity (Bob Fosse, 1969) vs. West Side Story (Robert Wise, 1961)

3- The Grass is Greener (Stanley Donen, 1960) vs. The Young Girls of Rochefort (Jacques Demy, 1967)

4- Cactus Flower (Gene Saks, 1969) vs. How to Steal a Million (William Wyler, 1966)

5- Carry On Again Doctor (Gerald Thomas, 1969) vs. Carry On Camping (Gerald Thomas, 1969)

6- Help! (Richard Lester, 1965) vs. The Italian Job (Peter Collinson, 1969)

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Well, this is it! Please, remember that you have until April 23, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET, to vote. Don’t hesitate to share that blog post with your friends on social media! It would be fun to have as many votes as possible! That concept worked well the first time I did it, so, hopefully, it will be the case again this time.

See you at the next round! 🙂

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