Gilded Age at the Movies

Bob Godfrey

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The need for exaggerated body language and extended facial reaction shots to compensate for the lack of dialogue are very characteristic of the silent era of movie-making. For one of 'our' early talkies, the 1929 Titanic-inspired Atlantic, the decision to add sound was made after production was under way. As a result there are many moments of unintended hilarity, the best of which can be found at 40-45 minutes into the running time - an experience not to be missed!
 

Lee Gilliland

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Another Gilded Age film that did a wonderful job on the feel of the period was Somewhere in Time, although the story line got a bit questionable, at least for my tastes.
 
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Oh- you will want to watch it again and again- such lovely 1912 costumes- the film was nominated for a costume Oscar- it went to TESS! I have seen the film over 100 times and still love it. Jane's photo hangs in my hallway. Excess within Control! When I see you in Newport- I will show you the REAL Elise McKenna- actress Maude Kiskadden Adams- America's Sweetheart from 1896-1915.
 

robert warren

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Disney's Pollyanna set in 1912,and captures small town life very well.Filmed in 1960,this film is pretty accurate with the sets and costumes.My Fair Lady which takes place around 1913, and The Age Of Innocence which takes place from 1878-1911.The new version of The Music Man(2003) which also captures the spirit of age, and does a great job with sets,costumes,and the locations.Other recommendations are San Fransisco,Ellis Island(tv miniseries)The Elephant Man, as well as any film involving the London of Sherlock Holmes.These are just some films that take place during the late 19th early 20th centuries.
 

robert warren

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Just thought of another- Ragtime ,made in 1981,takes place in 1906 to the start WW1. Deals with the Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White shooting as well as Jim Crow racism and middle class family life.Elizabeth McGovern of Downton Abbey plays Evelyn in all her dimwitted glory.Mary Steenburgen who was running scared of Jack The Ripper and H G Wells 2 years before plays a quiet but strong matriarch.Sets ,costuming and background music very reminiscent of 1906, as well as the Lower East Side of NY.
 
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The 1929 movie makes no attempt to be 1912. Everything is 1929's, including the band playing 1929 jazz.
The DVD does have a redeeming of an audio re-enactment of the U.S. inquiry proceedings.
 

robert warren

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So true.I found this movie to very painful to watch.What's up with the scene of all these flappers and other people getting roped off as the ship is sinking?Easter Parade hardly attempts to be 1912 either.There were no shoulder pads and open toe shoes in 1912!!!!!Also hairstyles and hemlines are very 1948 not 1912.For anyone who is interested, the book, Hollywood And History chronicles every period film set in ancient to modern times.Does a great job covering all flaws in period films,from make up to costuming.