Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

You guys! If you like old (and I mean really old) cinema, I’ve got a treat for you! I found the full 1920 horror silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on YouTube so I immediately thought I have to share if with you! The film is available there completely legally, as it is not part of the public domain. Must-see for old cinema enthusiasts!

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The film is based upon Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. It was directed by John S. Robertson, produced by Adolph Zukor, written by Thomas Russell Sullivan, Clara Beranger and Robert Louis Stevenson (novel), and the film was starring John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Charles Lane and Nita Naldi.

Summary

The scientist Dr. Jekyll discovers that there is a second, evil personality residing in every human being. With a potion invented by himself, he releases his own personality, turning into a monster. With each passing day, this second persona takes control of his life, leading him toward the inevitable fall.

 

The movie!

Production Trivia (from Wikipedia)

  • The early part of Jekyll’s initial transformation into Hyde was achieved with no makeup, instead relying solely on Barrymore’s ability to contort his face.
  • In one scene, as Hyde reverts to Jekyll, one of Hyde’s prosthetic fingers can be seen to fly across the screen, having been shaken loose by Barrymore’s convulsions.
  • In the short Renaissance flashback memory sequence, where Hyde is explaining to Gina about the poisonous mysteries of his secret ring, set pieces and costumes were brought from “The Jest”. That was a hit play in which John Barrymore had starred with brother Lionel Barrymore on Broadway in 1919 before shooting this picture.
  • John Barrymore hauled many of his prized potted plants from his apartment to the set to appear in scenery in the movie.

Party like a flapper!

 

party like a flapper

While window-shopping before Christmas, I had a reflection. In mainstream fashion, it seems that New Year’s Eve is the only occasion when wearing sequins is à la mode.

Personally I like to add a little sparkle to all my outfits (and end up unintentionally doing so more often than not… kids, glitter is impossible to get rid of).

The end of the year seems the perfect occasion to go a little decadent – and what’s more decadent than a Great Gatsby-inspired, 1920s-themed outfit? Here you have some inspiration to help you channel your inner flapper:

Rule 1. Show those legs!
Rule 2. Loose waist hides the post-Christmas happy belly (not that it needs to be hidden!)
Rule 3. Make it sparkle!
Rule 4. Sensible heels mean you can dance all night!
Rule 5. Reuse Christmas tree decorations for a fun outfit!

party like a flapper

  1. 1920s Style Paprika & Gold Seven Voyages Beaded Reproduction Flapper Dress, Unique Vintage
  2. 1920s Style Black & Silver Deco Beaded Forster Flapper Dress, Unique Vintage
  3. 1920s Style Blush Geometric Sequin Deco Beaded Flapper Dress, Unique Vintage
  4. Black and Gold Gatsby Art Deco Style Evening Clutch Bag, Vintage Peppercorn, Etsy (basically you need a clutch which is a) sparkly, b) tasseled or c) both)
  5. Ruby Shoo 20s Belle Pumps in Platinum, Top Vintage (these are going to my personal wishlist, too!)
  6. Long Pearl Effect Rope Necklace, Claire’s (hint: you can use faux pearl bead Christmas tree garlands – I do!)
  7. Turban, Partybox (other colors also available but isn’t this silver amazing?!)
  8. 1920s vintage inspired wedding flapper headband, Gatsby Lady, Etsy
  9. Charleston Art Deco Headdress N83, Star Crossed Beauty, Etsy

 

Need some music for your stylish party? Why of course I have some suggestions!

And remember, have fun!