When people often think of the 1920s, images of Art Deco, flappers, jazz, dance marathons, radio parties, and glamorous silent movie stars come to mind. Pictures of people dancing on airplane wings or other stunts in the air made it seem like the sky was the limit. There’s a reason the 1920s are also known as the Roaring Twenties. There may be an element of fantasy to it, but even people who have never been in the decade like to look back and imagine how much fun it must have been.

The 1920s aesthetic has been featured in many films. Often, the focus is on the film industry. Sometimes, music or fashion stays center stage. Even celebrities of the decade naturally get a few shout-outs. In fact, some of these films attempt to mimic what actual films from that era looked like.

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Anastasia (1997)

Twentieth Century Fox

Anastasia is a loosely animated remake of 1956 Anastasia film. In both, a woman claims to be the long-lost Duchess Anastasia during the Roaring Twenties. While the live-action movie maintains an air of mystery, the animated movie actually portrays the film’s heroine “Anya” as the real Anastasia.

Opened in Russia in 1916, animation Anastasia At first there isn’t much that people think of the 1920s aesthetic after time has skipped. Of course, what the twenties mean to some depends on who you ask. Once the characters go to Paris, the 1920s are in full swing. This is particularly evident in the number “Paris Holds the Key to Your Heart”, which is full of symbols associated with the contract. Among them are Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier and Charles Lindbergh. Character costumes also highlight the decade. Anya is wearing a short dress. One of the impostors Anastasias, who was seen in Russia, even wears a sailor’s dress.

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Adrien Brody at midnight in Paris
Sony Pictures classics

Midnight in Paris It sees contemporary writer Gilles Bender vacationing in the French city with his fiancée Inez and her parents, while working on a novel set in the 1920s. In the middle of the night, magic happens when a car straight from the 1920s pulls up to Jill and invites him for a ride. Soon, Gilles rubs elbows with celebrities of the time, such as Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso. Few surrealists, such as Salvador Dali, do not even question the existence of a generation from the future. Soon after, Gil meets Adriana, who herself is a fan of La Belle Époque, or the late nineteenth century.

Interestingly, Midnight in Paris He warns against romanticizing the past too much. Not only does a 1920s person fantasize about the past, but when Jill and Adriana are treated to a trip to La Belle Époque, they find people then pine for the Renaissance. The lesson of the story is that boredom is just a part of life.

Bullets on Broadway (1994)

John Cusack in Bullets Over Broadway
Miramax Movies

Lead over Broadway Playwright David Shine sees his performance in 1920s New York City. Unfortunately, the production of his play comes with a price: a mob boss, Nick Valiente, funds the project, and he has some demands, including having his talentless girlfriend Olive in the title role. This is just the beginning of the production problems. In fact, things get so bad that a mafia shootout accidentally ends up saving the whole mess.

Lead over Broadway It features flippers, barring, and the 1920s art scene in Greenwich Village. The soundtrack is filled with songs from the 1920s and ’20s, although the standout song “Up a Lazy River” dates back to the 1930’s. The story, however, takes an ironic look at the decade, as David eventually leaves the glitz and glamor of New York. Pittsburgh Association.

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Chicago (2002)

Miramax Movies

Chicago It began as a play in 1926, so naturally the decade was to be shown in its entirety. Roxie Hart is a cabaret star in the titular city until she shoots her lover and ends up in prison. There, she meets her idol-turned-rival vaudevillian Velma. However, Roxie begins pulling strings to escape death row, including a lawyer who has never lost a case. Soon, Roxy gets the fame she always wanted. However, in a parody of Celebrity Trials, acquittal could mean a fate worse than death for two stars: obscurity.

In addition to highlighting the Prohibition-era Chicago cabaret scene, many musical numbers are presented as vaudeville-style dream sequences, if not presented as actual performances. The original play was based on two 1924 court cases, with Roxy and Velma based on Beulah Annan and Belva Gertner, respectively. In fact, the original playwright, Maureen Dallas Watkins, covered actual cases as a reporter.

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Prince Naveen The Princess and the Frog
Walt Disney Studios

The Princess and the Frog It is a Disney animated fairy tale set in the 1920s. Tiana, a waitress from New Orleans, is preoccupied with a talking frog, a crafty witch doctor, and one magical Mardi Gras.

Tiana’s fashion particularly highlights the decade. Even in the different work attire Tiana wears, the throw hat and colorful outfit Tiana wears show attention to contemporary fashions. During the “Almost There” musical number, Tiana was dressed in the fashion of the day, with a feather in her hair and a fur stole, complete with a Josephine Baker hairdo. Tiana also wears a modest green dress adorned with a shawl during the final scenes of the film. Of course, it only makes sense that a seamstress’ daughter would know a thing or two about fashion. The film’s music also pays homage to the sounds of the period, complete with Louis, the trumpet-playing crocodile and a prince who’d rather play the harp than settle. After all, there is a reason the 1920s are also known as the Jazz Age.

The great Gatsby

Gatsby -2
Warner Bros.

novel F. Famous contemporary Scott Fitzgerald The great Gatsby It was written in the 1920s, so it only makes sense that movie adaptations would be fun with the fashions of the decade. The story of the old money versus the nouveau riche seems to be tied in knots. Gatsby earned his fortune by bootlegging, something that was only achieved through prohibition. In fact, there was a 1926 lost silent film based on the book.

The 2013 film, in particular, promoted the story with scenes of Art Deco imagery, flapper fashion, grand buildings, and lavish parties for the idle rich. Interestingly, the soundtrack attempted to weave modern music with the Jazz Age, such as the hip-hop single, “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got),” and the Charleston-influenced electro hit, Bang Bang, “and a jazz demo.” Crazy in Love”. This was done in part to reflect how jazz-age pop music was at the time. There is some irony in all this, as the story is not so fond of the decline of the decade, in which even the rich tend to lead dreary and unfulfilled lives .

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Perfectly Modern Millie (1967)

The four leading actresses in Thoroughly Modern Millie
Universal Pictures

Totally modern Millie It stars Millie, a “modern” flapper in 1922, who wants to become a stenographer, hoping it will help her find a rich husband. After checking into a hotel, Millie finds love, befriends the mysterious Miss Dorothy, and gets caught up in a slavery ring scheme.

The film’s soundtrack features songs from the 1920s and 1920s, as well as some new songs. Attention is paid to fashion, as the dialogue indicates that women’s fashion at the time downplayed the importance of a woman’s personality. At times, the film has intertitle cards, representing Millie’s inner thoughts, as if it were a silent film from the era. Even Millie’s love interest Jimmy feels like a parody of Harold Lloyd. Even the villains are parodies of pulp stories.

Blancanives (2012)

Wanda Distribución Cinematografica de Films SA

Blankaneves It is a silent film retelling snow white A fairy tale set in the 1920s, Spain. The heroine, Carmen, bears the wrath of her evil stepmother, Enkarna. After her father’s death, Carmen survives an attempted murder and becomes a bullfighter under the name “Blancanives” or “Snow White”. When the girl’s popularity hits the newspapers and overtakes Denarna, the witch prepares to destroy Blancaneves once and for all.

Blankaneves It was designed to look like a movie from the 1920s in Europe. Everything is silent, with dialogue conveyed by titles. Added to this, the film is black and white and in the old 4:3 aspect ratio. Fashion is most notably seen in the character of the evil stepmother Encarna, who often seems straight out of Erti’s work. Even Carmen’s maid outfit looks accurate. Carmen’s short hair, initially intended as a punishment, eventually becomes a flattering bob.

The Artist (2011)

the artist
Warner Bros. France

the artist is a 2011 French film that parodies cinema in the 1920s, although the story is set at the end of the decade. George Valentine is an iconic silent movie star, but his career may not have survived the advent of speakers and the stock market crash of 1929.

the artist It’s shot in monochrome with a 4:3 aspect ratio, but it’s not completely silent, with three scenes containing sound. The film also pokes fun at how silent actors transition into speaking roles. Language barriers were not a problem for foreign actors in Hollywood or France during the silent era. Once films adopt the voice, even an accent can limit an actor’s former range. Valentine’s French accent only becomes noticeable in one line said at the end of the film.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Gene Kelly in the best musical of the 1950s, Singin in the Rain
Loew’s, Inc.

singing in the rain is a film about three artists from the silent era who are busy making the transition to speaking. When a new movie Fencing knightHowever, it looks like it’s going to flop, so it’s decided to recast it as a stage musical. Unfortunately, the lead actress can’t sing and needs to be dubbed, but she’ll fight hard before letting the real singer get the credit.

singing in the rain is an actual jukebox of 1920s songs, including the title song. The film also highlights how silent films and talkies often had very different productions. Physical actors had to switch to a more rigid style, especially since hidden microphones limit movement. one shot from Fencing knight It was ruined by the clatter of pearls. Audio monitoring became a bigger problem after the silent era, when cynics could get productions as loud as they wanted.


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