Book Talk: Drawings of Hollywood 1920-1939 by Alan Daniel
Looking back on pre-modern times, one cannot help but reminisce on what once was — the dawn of innovative works through the magic of motion pictures. Alan Daniel’s, Drawings of Hollywood 1920 – 1939 nostalgically reviews the era covering the flappers, Hollywood horror, fashion, romance, and famous personalities. Readers can get real entertainment value, plus a well-considered view of the critical and innovative years between the two world wars, from Alan’s new book.
Compiling vintage pictures and transforming them into artwork using modern technology turns out to be inventive and entertaining. The technique introduces an artist’s viewpoint into the era using materials directly from the 1920s and 30s. The exacting “truth” of the lens is annotated by the individual view of the artist leaving a quite different impression of these vital and fun years in our history.
Readers will get a glimpse of a world now lost, the two decades between the transforming world wars of the 20th Century. The 1920s saw unprecedented prosperity, which, in turn, gave Americans more access to entertainment. Technological advancement coincided with the Hollywood stars’ growing popularity adding to studio profits, which fueled more technology and the increasing wealth of the studios and their stable of stars. During the 1920s, the studio stars thought the gravy train would never end. This also fits into the youth rebellion of the 1920s era which Alan dovetails into WWI and the 1930s downturn that stunned Hollywood, showing what was going on under the shimmer of the screen and beauty on full display in the movies.
It is interesting to note that the ever-growing number of film buffs for moving pictures in the late 1920s led to the putting up of more movie 'palaces,' accommodating an audience with thousands, which was built every year between 1925 and 1930.
Movie fans can look into the glamor of Greta Garbo, Lilian Gish, Barbara La Mar, Clark Gable, and others, but also how their new fashions and actions reflected both themselves, made anew in the transitioning world, and their new attitudes toward life that spread to millions of fans. The stars both changed the culture and reflected that changing world in their outward joy of living. The flapper flaunted a new identity in fashion, dance, and music favoring a young style. The fashion metamorphosed from the Victorian style (1914 – 19180 into the flappers of the 1920s-1930s. As we can see in Alan’s array of drawings from the flapper and Victorian age, a comparison of styles shows the tremendous and important changes in mindsets that changed the world of the future – that is, our world.
After much thought of how history unfolds in the 1920s, I could not agree more that Drawings of Hollywood 1920 – 1939, reflects the dominance of technology in the film industry complimented by incredible creativity that was driven by new attitudes toward life and culture. The freedom of the motor car and freedom for women. The flicker of the new movies and the grace and glamor of the 1930s. As Alan’s book shows us, it is an artistic and cultural experience worth reliving.
Reviews and What Readers Say
" This book was a window to the past, a chance to read and see some of those who acted in the early days of the movies , what they looked like, what films they were noted for, along with a snippet of their life. Between World War I and World War II we experienced both economic prosperity and depression. America was in a period of change. The industrial era was upon us, and in many cases, working down on the farm was replaced with urban living and working in a factory. The world was getting smaller as the technology of the day was exposing us to changes that on so many levels, changed people's lives. Traditional social mores were challenged. In the midst of this environment, Hollywood arose. Among other things, people were introduced to men and women movie actors, some of whom became popular, lived glamorous lives and wore the clothing fashions of the day. This book is a bit of a look back, giving us a relaxing and entertaining read along with impressive drawings and included renderings. A sweet taste of some Hollywood history."
— Glengary, Amazon Readers' Review
Review by Liza L.
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