Monday, March 10, 2008

1920's Paris Jazz Age Film Clips

(I added this post because YouTube had stopped running the film clip just before this one. Well, I guess your cards, letters & calls of complaint worked, because (perhaps fearing unrest) YouTube has re-released the clip.) Gosh, can it get much better than this?
This is part of the old introduction to the above clip:
It will give you a flavor of the times if not as much of the personalities involved from the "Lost Generation."
(It ends rather abruptly!)
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isa said...

Oh, I wish it was longer...The clip, I mean ;-)
Was that really Fitzgerald, writing in the courtyard? Cool!
And I agree with the narrator - you gain a whole new perspective on your own country when you live abroad...

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

I love the fact that everyone wore suits...oh to live in that era (well, for a bit at least!!)

Nikon said...

Hi Isabella, thanks for the visit!
I'm pretty sure that was Fitzgerald - there seems to be a lot of footage of him available, but not Hem.

Nikon said...

Thanks Summer Kitchen Interiors (!).
Everyone wore suits yes, but I'm always interested in the hats! Men wearing hats in old movies & in old photographs. Like a Bogart movie, great to look at :-)

Shionge said...

Hmmmm...imagine being born in the 20s ;)

Peter said...

I'm also a fan of Paris, which you show in a different and very nice way! Came here thanks to Isabela! I will certainly be back!

Kitty said...

Really interesting concept to try to represent a past era!
Fitzgerald and Hemmingway are my favorite authors. What a romantic time.

Anonymous said...


Just found your blog spot. I returned in January from Cuba, with legal permission to enter the country for research. While there, I visited Hemingway's home, now the Museo Hemingway, Cojimar, and other locations that he frequented, or wrote about. For example,Plaza San Francisco mentioned in _To Have and Have Not_. Hope to obtain permission to return to finish my work and also to visit other Hemingway sites. For your info, the two largest icons in Habana are Che and Hemingway.

Nikon said...

Thanks all for visiting. Isabella is working her magic!
Thanks for popping by Shionge, Peter, Kitty (with the great avatar), and anon.
Anon, you are very lucky to have that research project! I know Hem is still revered in Cuba & I'm fascinated by the Floridita & Cojimar & "The Finca." There's a nice escapist novel, "The Crook Factory" by Dan Simmons. A fictionalized account of Hem fighting the Germans from his finca in Cuba in WWII.

Anonymous said...

The Floridita is packed with tourist. If you ever get there, get the shaken daquiri--probably spelled wrong--not the blended one. Poppa would turn over in his grave if he saw that.

Cojimar is no longer the very poor fishing village--it is not rich by any means, just different. The area where his bust is displayed needs some work.

Any of the major areas where Poppa was known in Cuba is filled with tourist. I stayed in the Ambos Mundo where he first stayed and you can not imagine the amount of tourist that go to his room.

The Finca is great, but you have to know how to find it.

If I get to go back for my research, hope to get enough time--read money--to get to some of the out of the way Hemingway spots.

There is one, Castle Atres that he mentioned in Islands in the Stream. Did not try it this time, as it is a policia headquarters and thought it best not go there with a camera.
Perhaps next time I will try to get permission in advance.

Keep up the work with this blog

Anonymous said...

Another wonderful peek at the past. It was so great reading some of the comments~~so fortunate to be able to go to Cuba! I guess I'll have to watch Havana and mix up a batch of Dacquiri's this weekend as a sad substitute!


Nathalie H.D. said...

Oh wow, Nikon, what a stunning video. I'm so glad you grabbed it for us to see.

Interesting comments you mae about You Tube's policy on showing or deleting stuff. I thought everythin posted there stayed there well... forever!

GMG said...

Paul, great that you saved this one. Many oysters eaten at Le Dôme, glad to see it here! And your support team is deservedly increasing... Great job!
Have a great weekend!

Chica, Cienna, and Cali said...

i wish it did not end abruptly like that.....those were two fascinating posts in a row!!!! and it was great to go through anon's comments too!

Nikon said...

Hi Gil, thanks for dropping by, have a good trip!

Nikon said...

Hi Moi, good to see you.
Yeah, Anon has some stories to tell - funny, I never knew about the Daiguiris (sp?), LOL.
How is life?

@Anon, good to see you again.

Lc said...


Hello from Faial Island - Azores.

Come and meet our beautiful island in the middle of the Atlantic...

Leave me a comment, to keep in touch.

kayellen said...

So glad I stopped by. Love your short movie seeing Paris from the 1920's. Love the outfits they wore!

Nikon said...

@Lc - thanks for the visit!

@Kayellen, thanks for dropping by & leaving a comment, I appreciate it.

99 said...

I adore those cafes.
Your pick is "la creme de la creme" Paul!

GMG said...

Don't abuse Easter Eggs... Have a great weekend!

Nikon said...

Hi 99 - thanks for the nice words!

Hi Gil, I'll try not to abuse 'em, promise :-)

Anonymous said...

Hello again,

Have to take a break from writing and will tell you another story from Cuba. As you probably know, Hemingway organized a baseball team of young Cuban boys that lived near the Finca so his sons could play baseball when visiting. He also allowed the children of the area to come onto his land to pick mangoes, something the former would not allow. I was fortunate enough to meet and talk to one of the members of the baseball team, now in his 70s. He had many nice things to say about Poppa.

Time to get back to work!

Nikon said...

Hello Anon,
I read about that in "The Crook Factory" - a fictionalized account of Hemingway in Cuba during WWII. It's great luck to find some of the people that played!
I just read somewhere that US presidential candidate John McCain is a huge fan of Hemingway. Supposedly he's read everything Hem wrote!
Thanks for the visit, stop by anytime.

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annulla said...

Great clip. I've never seen film of Fitzgerald looking so young and handsome, and the images of Paris are wonderful. Great music, too!

Blather From Brooklyn

Helen mdk said...

The masters of Jazz.... Oh it is so pretty... When I listen to that music, I think like I travel to the past. I wish people would listen more jazz and less pop :(
But I m glad to see that there are still so many people who appreciate such good music :)

Have a nice afternoon :)

btw I love your profile picture :D

Nikon said...

Hi Cinderelen, thanks so much for the visit!
I enjoyed your blog, too.