Mystery Illustration 17


Is this 1930 image from:

1) A Surrealist art show?

2) A Paris fashion show?

3) An Artists' Ball?

4) A movie?

Answer after the jump.

Original image here.
     Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 28, 2016
     Category: Avant Garde | 1930s

Venus de Jetson ?
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 02/28/16 at 10:09 AM
Buck Roger's girlfriend ?
Posted by Virtual on 02/28/16 at 02:11 PM
I recognized it because of a debate concerning how much early Hollywood was stealing ideas from the Soviets, and doing it badly -- some people claiming that nearly all sci-fi-ish costumes in American movies were ripping off the designs in "Aelita, Queen of Mars" 1924. (For my part, I was happy the hats didn't become a fad in American movies.)
Posted by Phideaux on 02/28/16 at 02:25 PM
I would have said an art deco statue, so I guessed the Paris fashion show.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 02/28/16 at 02:42 PM
Well, I did guess a film... but I would have expected something a bit more like Metropolis.
Posted by Richard Bos on 02/29/16 at 07:25 AM
Wow. Joe E. Lewis is incredibly annoying.
Posted by Bill the Splut on 02/29/16 at 10:29 PM
Bill: I kinda think that was the point. AFAICT this isn't a clip from the original film - which has been lost - but from a comedy which used it as stock footage. Whether it's funny or not is another matter, but we're supposed to mock him.
Posted by Richard Bos on 03/01/16 at 02:47 AM
Just to clarify, the scene in the video is footage of "The Mechanical Ballet", recycled with the scenes pictured in the photo edited out and replaced with scenes of Joe E. Brown (not Lewis). In the original, Corrine Griffith plays a radiator cap. Consider this ad from 1921:
Posted by Eoin on 03/03/16 at 09:17 AM
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