UnderTheChristmasTree LOVES all things vintage and when it comes to 1920’s movies (and some Christmas ones at that) we can’t help but feel all razzle dazzle!
We have picked our top ten movies…yes, just ten, because the list could go on for decades, of our all time favourite releases surrounding the period, so grab yourself some giggle juice and see what films we thought were simply the bees-knees.
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1. It’s A Wonderful Life: and isn’t that just so! Set in the twenties there’s no surprise here for this topping our countdown. The film tells the story of poor George Bailey (James Stewart) who is at his wits-end and starts to contemplate taking his own life at Christmas! However when an Angel called Clarence is sent to help, he shows George exactly what life would have been like if he never existed. A heart-warming family show which will make you feel all gooey inside, we always watch this at least once..ok twice…..fine three times over Christmas!
2. Singin’ In The Rain: We bet like us, you are already thinking of Morecambe and Wise’ hilarious sketch from this famous movie, however the film was also a musical comedy which starred Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds which protrayed performers caught up in the transition from silent films to “talkies”. Another classic and we just wish we could dance like Debbie and Gene!
3. Big Buisness: Starring two of the most renowned comedians of all time – Laurel and Hardy! The plot sees Stan and Ollie (Laurel and Hardy) go door to door to sell Christmas Trees but when when they get into a feud with a grumpy would-be customer, James Finlayson, things go from bad to worse. A fun, light-hearted 1920s Christmas movie however it is a silent film!
4. Chicago: Set in the twenties this film really does have all that jazz. The latest remake stars Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The musical explores the celebrity world, full of scandal and corruption – if you can sit through this and not dance then you are a better person than us!
5. The Great Gatsby: Even though its difficult to imagine a 3D version with Jay-z singing in the background, this twenties movie is an absolute classic. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio who playes Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan who plays Daisy in a dazziling tale of how one man’s millions can, and will, turn into a tragedy of impossible love and incorruptible dreams. Looking for inspiration for a 1920’s themed Christmas party? Look no further and buy this DVD.
6. Little Red Riding Hood: Created in 1922 we just had to mention a Disney film somewhere in the list and Little Red Riding Hood is an all time favourite. Part of the Laugh-o-gram series, this was one of the first ever Walt Disney cartoons – This fact alone gives us the excuse to pop this film into the DVD to watch.
7. Chariots of Fire: A British historical film telling the story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics, one a Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God and another who is an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice. The perfect Sunday film to put your feet up with and cheer on the underdogs.
8. Evita: Cue standing at the top of the stairs belting out ‘Don’t cry for me Argentina’….or is that just us? This Musical drama film based on Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical of the same name about Eva Perón is in at number 8. `
9. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Originally based on the 1922 short story about a man who ages in reverse. The latest adaption stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett as his love interest, we know what you are thinking- we picked this only becuase of Brad…well..we do love to swoon a bit.
10. Some Like It Hot: The great American comedy of all time, according to the American Film Institute and we have to say it did give us a giggle or two. Still holding up today, this timeless classic has three main characters Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state by dressing up as females with the help of Sugar Kane (Marilyn) but as you’d expect, more complications set in.
The twenties were filled with ‘Old Hollywood’ glamour and movies which were either set in or made during this fashionable era are no exception.
These old timers are big classics and we simply love them. Fancy a 1920’s night in? Why not get the popcorn out and slam on a few of these fun DVD’s.
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