11/11/16

THE TERRIFYING TWENTIES PT. 2: NUDITY IN TURQUOISE



Above are various and sundry color excerpts from the 1929 Florenz Ziegfield production "Glorifying The American Girl". As with our previous example of the demented nature of 1920s entertainment, we are treated to things that one just doesn't see anymore in the elysian pastures of American popular entertainment--the butterfly costumes alone! The sound and the picture don't seem to have much to do with each other but the raw nudity is a bit shocking--I have a feeling that this excerpt reel is literally comprised of the parts of the film that had to be excised for television sale in the 1950s, turning up in the closet of the forgotten editor who performed the butchery years later. In this sense it reminds me of the beautiful ending of 'Cinema Paradiso', where the reel of forbidden kisses is discovered and screened in the forlorn and abandoned theater...

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