Early 20th Century Settings

What’s up with the latest crop of movies set before the 1950’s. Is it a cultural yearning for times before the excessive consumerism that the 1950’s brought or is it some old “those were the good old days” when folks knew their place and/or had direction? What is Hollywood up to? with exception to the first one, Flyboys, I believe the other three are all set in the 1940’s.

Flyboys (2006)

Plot Outline: The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country’s first fighter pilots. (view trailer)

The Black Dahlia (2006)

Plot Outline: An adaptation of James Ellroy’s novel about two 1940s L.A. cops who head up the hunt for the killer of starlet Elizabeth Short. (more) (view trailer)
Hollywoodland (2006)

All the King’s Men (2006)

Plot Outline: Based on the Robert Penn Warren novel. The life of populist Southerner Willie Stark, a political creature loosely based on Governor Huey Long of Louisiana. (view trailer)

Hollywoodland (2006)

Plot Outline: A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, TV’s Superman. (more) (view trailer)

Do you know another one to add to the group?

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6 thoughts on “Early 20th Century Settings

  1. I can’t think of others for our charming era, but there seems to be a tradition of harking back to the 40-50 years relative to production; The Untouchables, Paper Moon, Bonnie and Clyde. (Of course I have just made this up, because films like The Sting, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, were made at least 60-70 years after the settings). But maybe its to try and funnel oldies back into the cinema; I heard that when Birth Of A Nation was shown there were many oldsters in tears — because they were seeing events they’d personally lived through.I’d love to see someone trying to rehash that film, likewise The Philadelphia Story, Double Indemnity, Mr Topper, His Girl Friday, or Now Voyager — they’d be completely awful — but interesting.

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  2. “The School for Scoundrels” which originally came out in 1960, with classic British comedy cad, Terry Thomas.Lord knows what this new US version will be like.

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  3. I know, especially since I think they are using Billy Bob Thornton! </></>Here is another one from yesteryear. I think I am erected with patriotism….</></>Flags of Our Fathers

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