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If, like me, you spend many of your evenings living vicariously through the characters on your TV screen, then you will appreciate my excitement at the arrival of a new free satellite channel on British TV called Sky Atlantic just chock full of great American shows.
The current favourite in our household is Boardwalk Empire. It's like an Irish Sopranos set in the roaring 20s during prohibition in America. Steve Buscemi, who I love as an actor and who until now always seemed to be in a supporting role is brilliant as drole Nucky Thompson who runs Atlantic City, rubbing shoulders with criminals, corrupt politicians, corrupt businessmen, er, actually you'd be hard pushed to find anyone who wasn't corrupt in some shape or form!
After the 50s, I think the 20s is possibly my favourite era. My first idea of the 20s came from the 1976 movie, Bugsy Malone with a young Jodie Foster and Scott Baio - ah the splurge guns!! I love the flapper dresses and the cigarette holders, the cloche hats, the long beads and the strappy Mary Jane shoes. Despite the fact that alchohol was banned, the whole era seemed so decadent, the speakeasies, the Charlston, the fact that women were cutting their hair short - the bob is synonymous with that era. I get the idea that women seemed to enjoy themselves and literally loosen their morals and the style of dresses during that time (I'm not passing judgment or advocating that lifestyle, I'm just saying that's the impression I get!)
F. Scott Fitzgerald once asserted that “it is rather futile to analyse flappers. They are just girls, all sorts of girls, their one common trait being that they are young things with a tremendous talent for living.”
For this flapper girl, I figured she should have an ostentatious French Poodle to go with her ostentatious flapper dress and feather boa! She's walking along the boardwalk and if you look closely, you can even see a wee Nucky Thompson in his red checked suit standing in the background!!