Art & Cinema of the 1920's

As I said, I am going to provide tidbits of information about the 1920’s for the remainder of this week in conjunction with our Roaring 20’s party this Saturday, April 4th, at 8pm. (Come out, we’re gonna get the game on a big screen) Here is a little information about the artistic nature of the 20’s, as well as what it was like to trot on down to the cinema.

Expressionism and Surrealism

Painting in North America during the 1920s developed into a different direction than that in Europe. In Europe, the 1920s were the era of expressionism and later, surrealism. As Man Ray stated in 1920 after the publication of a unique issue of New York Dada: “Dada cannot live in New York”.

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Painting - Expressionism - Surrealism - Man Ray - New York Dada

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The bulk of the 1920s cinema was silent. Late in the decade, early—and eventually, more advanced—sound recording technology was developed, leading into the age of what was known at the time as talkies. The first talking movie, Don Juan was made in 1926, also in that same yearmovies with Technicolor had arrived. Walt Disney produced his first cartoon during the Roaring Twenties. Al Jolson’s follow-up film to The Jazz Singer, The Singing Fool http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=110318 in 1928 made the talkies popular with a wider audience. The period also saw emergence of Charlie Chaplin and Valentino as box office draws.

Related Topics:
Cinema - Sound recording - Talkies - Don Juan - Movies - Technicolor - Walt Disney - Cartoon - The Singing Fool - Charlie Chaplin - Valentino - Box office

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