Arts and Culture of the 1920's

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Arts and Culture  of the 1920's

by Anjolie Falbo

The jazz age was a large part of the new culture that emerged from the 1920's. The term "The Jazz Age" came from F. Scott Fitzgerald who used it to describe the vivacious "anything goes" era that was a feature of the 1920s.

During the Jazz Age many Political, Economic and Social changes came to be after Americans set aside theyre old ways in order to embrace the rapid growth in culture, social changes on modernism, and the flamboyant lifestyles that came with the new era.

The word "wireless" today means technologies like Wi-Fi and bluetooth for internet and electronics to use. In the 1920's it used to just be a tool used by the military, shipping industry, communications services, and amateur operators to send messages of any kind via radio waves without wires.

When sound was added to films for the first time, Hollywood studio began making two different versions of their motion pictures. Sometimes the plots differed in each version such as an alternative take, reversed sequence, or changed endings. A major example is the motion picture "All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), which had a silent version and one with sound.

Arts & Cultureof the 1920's

Genres that existed at the time included melodramas and biblical epics by Cecil B. DeMille, to Westerns, horror films, gangsters and crime films, war films, the first feature documentary or non-fictional narrative film, to romances, mysteries,and comedies. ( from the silent film masters such as Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd.)

1920s radios or "wireless" offered listeners the same things they'd hear in real life, such as opera in theaters, orchestral performance, etc. They could also hear things you'd find in a newspaper like the weather, news, stock market closing prices, farm updates, home management advice, etc. They even went as far as to add bedtime stories for children.

Motion pictures or "talkies"

Jazz Age

Jazz Age

Radios or "wireless"

Radios or "wireless"

Motion pictures or "talkies"


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