Part Nouveau

August 22, 2010 at 6:42 am (Photo Gallery)

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The art nouveau movement began fading away just as silent cinema matured. But you can often see its influence in promotional art for films of the 1920s: conspicuous decorative designs, warm color, flowing curves and a celebration of beauty for its own sake.

At the same time, of course, the artwork had to sell a movie. But art and commerce weren’t necessarily in conflict back then.

Here’s a little selection of images reflecting the afterglow of art nouveau in the Roaring Twenties.

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– – – Christopher Snowden

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2 Comments

  1. Hala Pickford said,

    Actually I’m pretty sure the ‘A Sainted Devil’ poster is a repo…I seen it on EBay and it was made in the 80s. But most telling is it costars Bebe Daniels…who is not known to have any even bitlet of a part in the film. Poor Nita Naldi…

    But I like your point…seems fitting Hearst would stick with art nouveau in the flapper era. I like both styles honestly.

    • unkvid said,

      Both the Valentino and the Negri images are pages from Paramount’s Exhibitor Book for the 1924-1925 season. Neither film had actually been made when the book was created; its purpose was to drum up exhibitor interest for films that were in the production pipeline.

      The United Artists Exhibitor Book for the 1928-1929 season proudly announces Chaplin’s CITY LIGHTS… co-starring Merna Kennedy and Harry Crocker!

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