Here at The Thirsty Barber, we love anything that revolves around the Roaring Twenties. With the cold and rainy weather making its way over, cosy movie nights are a must. So for those evenings where you just want to stay in, here are our 3 favourite films set in the 1920s:
The Great Gatsby
In this film, not only is the setting in the 1920s, but it was also published within the decade too, serving as an appraisal for its own era up-close. Written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, the novel follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story works around the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his obsession with the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan.
It explores various themes to create a portrait of the Roaring Twenties, which has been described as a cautionary tale about the American Dream. The film is defined by its decade and a strong sense of nostalgia, and is surely one of the best and most popular films set in the 1920s.
This British musical gangster film is set in New York City, loosely based on events in New York and Chicago during the Prohibition, and only features child actors. Director Alan Parker lightened the subject matter for the children’s market, although it was still based on real life gangsters like Al Capone and Bugs Moran.
This film was the perfect response to the Motion Picture Production Code in the mid-1930s which took the edge off Hollywood cinema, particularly for any unappealing representations of the ‘20s. The musical allows us to look back on the era with fondness, imagining a falsely innocent time.
A more recent film set in the ‘20s is this American musical comedy/crime/drama based on Chicago the musical. It explores themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Chicago during the Jazz Age, and revolves around two murderesses; a vaudevillian and a housewife, who find themselves in jail together while awaiting trial and fight for fame.
The film won six Academy Awards in 2003 – a year after release – and was the first musical to win Best Picture since Oliver! Back in 1986.
And if the jazzy soundtracks don’t make you want to get up and dance, then be sure to head over to The Thirsty Barber in St Julian’s for a night of great music, delicious drinks, and a guaranteed good time.