Art Deco and cinema

Yesterday and today

Authored by: Lucy Fischer

The Routledge Companion to Art Deco

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9781472485144
eBook ISBN: 9780429032165
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Filmmaker Woody Allen was born in 1935, in the heyday of the Art Deco mode. Of course, he would have come of age in the 1940s, when the style was fading from the American scene. Nonetheless, many of his films transpire (fully or partially) in the 1930s—for instance, Sweet and Lowdown (1999), about a jazz guitarist, and Zelig (1983), about a “chameleon” man with multiple personalities. 1 Some of these movies, like Bullets Over Broadway (1994), set in the New York City theater world, relish in an Art Deco mise-en-scène. We can see this in the film’s costuming, décor, and its version of nightclub musical numbers (Figure 18.1). Figure 18.1 Art Deco décor in <i>Bullets Over Broadway</i> (<a href="#CH018_CIT00022">Woody Allen 1994</a>).

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