Hi everyone. So how’s the changing season agreeing with you? Very miserably with me. Here in Italy, we moved from a mild end of winter to a full fledged summer in a matter of a week. It’s horrible. But as we say in my parts, “Whether, luck and lords just do what they want” (it’s a dialect saying and it isn’t this polite, let me tell you). So let’s move on!
And hey! If you happen to have writte a 1920s/dieselpunk related article and you’d like it to appear in the Gang Roundup, give me a nudge. I’ll include it in the next month round up.
Of course It is one of the most iconic films of the 1920s. Of course Clara Bow is one of the most known and iconic women (but I’d say people) of the 1920s. And just let me tell you that It is, plain and simple, a good film even by today’s standards. What else do you need to go watch it??
As always, Carrie-Anne made a marvelous job of dissecting the film. Lots of info and anecdotes. I always enjoy her silent film critics for this very reason.
The sinking of Lusitania
The end of the liner Lusitania made up the stuff of legends, just like the end of the Titanic. But while the letter story is widely known, the sinking of the Lusitania during WWI is less so.
Although a civilia liner, the Lusitania took part to the war, shipping munitions and contraband destined for the British war effort. This was propably no secret for the German, that in 1915 decided to do something about it.
Crazy as it might sound, WWI was a stepping point in the history of the Western World. It changed it greatly, in bad… and good.
Author Jeffrey Walker guides us through this seminal time of our history. He touches on many aspect of the War as an event and as a factor in people’s lives. He looks at the differences between the European and the American experience of the. He also looks at what advancements the War brought about to all the communities involved.
An article packed full of info.
I stumbled upon the news of this new series really by mere chance. It’s a Netflix only production, so lucky you guys who have access to it.
It looks very intersting and quite different from the usual take on the Roaring Twenties. No surprise, since this is Spain, a very different historical context. But there are also many similarities, because flappers existed all over the world in the 1920s. Everywhere they pushed women’s awareness of their worth ahead. This is one of the very fascinating things about them.
And while we’re being international, let me present you a series I actually learned about last year. It’ss a Austrian historical commedy with more than a touch of horror. . Tobias Moretti looks like the perfect man for the part, if you ask me. He is a vampire. In 1930s Wien, he seeks Dr. Sigmund Freud’s help to fix his problematic 500.year-old marriage. Go figure!
If you have any interest in mystery stories, you know Agatha Christie. You have probably read at least one of her books (I have – and I plan to read quite a few more). In 1926 she disappeared for 11 days and even when she was finally found, she was never able (or was she never willing?) to say what happened. She claimed she lost her memory and never in her life revealed what happened in those 11 days or her reasons to disappere.
Biographers have long tried to break the mystery, but so far, no one could. There are of course quite a few theories. In 1979 one of such theories became a film.
But I suppose that, as for other mysteries of the past, we’ll have to cope with never knowing the truth.
And last month I learned about another remarkable lady.
Maude Royden “was the first woman to preach in an Anglican church in Australia when she addressed the Darling Point congregation in 1928. Not your average touring preacher, Royden smoked; she told girls to be more selfish. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the crowd at her ‘Sex and Common-sense’ lecture ‘threatened to become unmanageable’ as police struggled to hold people back from the entrance.”
She addressed women emancipation from the most male-centre place of power, a church pulpit. She advocated women pleasure in sex and the use of contraceptives. I don’t know how she managed that, but she did.
It doesn’t get much more remarkable than this!
I mean, have you seen the trailer of the new Murder on the Orient Express? I saw it the first time yesterday and it is smashing! I want to see this film!
Strangely enough, I haven’t read the book (yet) but I’ve seen quite a few film renditions and I enjoyed all of them. I suppose this speaks of how good a story this is. I’m sure that when Dame Agatha first gave it to the press it was a mind-blowing idea. Today, everybody knows who’s the murderer in this story. Well, I sure feel as everybody does, so I suppose this is a great challenge for any new production.
I’m so very excited to see what Kenneth Branagh did with Hercule Poirot. He has always had a knack for doing new things with old ideas and as you can see, this is a very different Poirot. Besides, after David Suchet, Poirot is going to be a challenge for any actor, I’d wedger. By the way, I watched a Murder on the Orient Express film rendition with Suchet this winter. Absolutely spellbounding. It kept me on the edge of my seat start to end, I mean it. If you decide to watch it, I promise you won’t be sorry.
And so this is it for this month. Well, considering until yesterday I worried I didn’t have a video to share with you this month, I think I’ve managed quite necely.