Let’s start with some music from the era. What did the 1920’s look like? Well, like this and this. The first is a compilation of 1920’s era shenanigans and the second a display of photographs of aspects of daily life — from prohibition (here’s a trailer for the new Ken Burns film on prohibition) to fads, fashion and trends like flagpole-sitting. You might also consider some famous newspaper headlines and news stories from the 1920s, whether it’s the flight of the Spirit of St. Louis, the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti or the crash of the stock market. Think about the 1920’s not just as a time period that Fitzgerald wrote about – he also lived it. In a way he IS Gatsby. Along with Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and others, he is a member of the lost generation. Gertrude Stein originally came up with this idea.
Here is a video clip of the 1974 version of the film; scenes from “Midnight in Paris,” one of my favorite recent/American movies (during which my husband fell asleep!) in which F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s lives are imagined. Here’s the scene in which the main character meets F. Scott Fitzgerald.
And now, after all of this, I bet you’re wondering how you too can get your own slice of the 20’s – Brooks Brothers can help.