Art, Popular Culture, and the Classical Ideal of The 1930s (ebook)

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Art, Popular Culture, and the Classical Ideal of The 1930s: Two Classic Films — A Study of Roman Scandals and Christopher Strong by David Soren

A beautifully illustrated book that takes an in-depth look at Roman Scandals and Christopher Strong, and, as an added bonus, Dr. Soren received permission to publish the unfinished autobiography of pioneering female filmmaker Dorothy Arzner.

The 1930s were a time of contrasts. At a time when Americans had less money than at any time in their history, most movies revealed the obsession of the American people with elegance, wealth and beautiful people, so that an alien from Mars seeing most of these films would imagine that the society that had made them was entirely wealthy and not in the depths of The Depression. The 1930s were also an era of innovation in technology and design, when form began to follow function and everything streamlined, curvy and blonde was “in.” Anyone unfamiliar with the 1930s can nonetheless instantly recognize that the hairstyles, costumes, and sets have a particular look to them. The 1930s were tragic, elegant, fascinating, and fun. Enjoy discovering them through the magic of the movies.