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1920's Popular Entertainment
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Relating to the Great Gatsby
There was a big boom in the entertainment industry during the 1920's. Many people had money, and they turned to entertainment to use up the money. During this decade many new types of entertainment were being developed such as film and inventions like cars. It was also a period where many people became famous such as Charlie Chaplin by his unique talent.
Films became well-known in the 1920's.
By the mid 20's the film industry became a big business.
There were 20 Hollywood studios near the end of the 1920's due to the high demands of film.
Silent films were main product of the film industry.
Near the mid 20's they produced movies with sound (ex. The Jazz Singer).
Over time, they became more organized (incorporating writing, directing, costuming, makeup, etc.).
The Big Five Studios: Warner Bros., Paramount, RKO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
The Little Three Studios: Universal, United Artists, CBC Film Sales, Columbia Pictures which became Columbia.
Examples of attractions: Broadway, theaters, amusement parks.
Broadway became packed with people in the 1920's.
Signs that lit up were put on old buildings which attracted more people.
Theaters played a part in attracting people due to the amount of movies.
During the late 20's people turned to amusement parks to also entertain them (roller coasters became famous).
Number of a few famous people: Charlie Chaplin (actor), Al Jolson (actor), Josephine Baker (entertainer), Louise Brooks (Dancer).
Mickey Mouse was created in late 20's by Walt Disney.
The radio: First built radio was the "Crystal Radio" then mid 20's the "Vacum Tube Radio" was built along with newer models.
Radio provided people with news, bulletins, advertisements and music.
Roughly 3 million Americans owned a radio.
The telephone: The telephone included a speaker, a handle connected to a hand-held reciever.
For calls out of the city, you would tell the call operator the address your calling and they would make connection.
The car: First car with engine created during the 1700s, during the 1920's there was a high demand of cars.
Due to the high demands of cars, car industries grew.
A number of different types of music were popular during the 1920s, but some of the most popular and enduring songs were those of the ragtime, jazz and Broadway musical tunes.
Bathtub gin and underground distilleries(where liquor is manufactured) supplied people with rough and ready liquor, which were made into elaborate cocktails, in order to hide the alcohol's abrasiveness and impurities.
Maraschino cherry mash and sloe gin were popular. (Popular liquors)
The big band and the guests all in 1920's attire (flapper dresses, helmet hats, fedoras, boas, beads, spats, suspenders, etc.). The men with slicked back hair, the women with spit curls. The images of the speakeasy, hip flasks, marathon dances, art deco, rumble seats, candlestick telephones, Tiffany lamps, bathtub gin.
Gothic, Renaissance, Romanesque, and Byzantine architecture.
Inspired from nature and geometric decorative flourishes
Eg.the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building.
Venues featured natural woods, lamp shades made with colored glass and low ceilings.
Popular Entertainment During the 1920's
By: Zakir & Amandip
The Great Gatsby Quotes
“By seven o’clock the orchestra has arrived, no thin five-piece affair, but the whole pitful of oboes and trombones and saxophone and viols and cornets and piccolos, and low and high drums.” (Fitzgerald, 40)
“Once there they were introduced by somebody who knew Gatsby, after that they conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks.” (Fitzgerald, 41)
“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whispering and the champagne and the stars. At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his motor boats slit the water of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam. On the week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight.” (Fitzgerald, 39)
“On the buffet tables, garnished with glistering hors-d’ oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold. In the main hall a bar with real brass was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know from another.” (Fitzgerald, 39-40)
“The opera is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher.” (Fitzgerald, 40)