Sunday, December 29, 2019

The Roaring '20s on Film on Turner Classic Movies This January

Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box
Okay, I honestly don't believe the new decade will begin until January 1 2021 (if you want to know why, read this post), but I am looking forward to the TCM Spotlight on the 1920s each Wednesday in January. The Roaring '20s features movies both made during the Twenties and movies made later that are set in the decade.

The fun begins on January 1 2019 with Gangsters Part I, which features such films as The Roaring Twenties (1939), The Public Enemy (1931), The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960), and other films. On January 8 2019 is Gangsters Part II, which includes Some Like It Hot (1959), The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), Scarface (1931), and Al Capone (1959). January 15 is dedicated to Prohibition & Bootleggers. It features such films as The Wet Parade (1932), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), and The Purple Gang (1959). January 22 is devoted to Speakeasies & Nightclubs. It includes the films Incendiary Blonde (1945), Bugsy Malone (1976), Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), and others. January 29 is dedicated to Flappers. It features such films as Our Dancing Daughters (1928), Why Be Good? (1929), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), It (1927),  and Pandora's Box (1929).

As far as I am concerned this is a stellar lineup. My only complaint is that I wish they were showing Pandora's Box earlier (it airs at 2:30 AM Central). For me, at least, on the screen Louise Brooks was the archetypal flapper, so that if Turner Classic Movies is spotlighting flappers her films should be front and centre. Regardless, I have always been fascinated by the Twenties and I looking forward to the TCM Spotlight on the Roaring Twenties. I am sure other TCM fans will be as well!

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