"Paris in the Twenties” is an episode of the CBS News documentary series “The Twentieth Century” originally airing April 17, 1960. Hosted by revered newsman Walter Cronkite, the program looks at Paris in the 1920s, a playground and cultural center for Americans. There are several scenes of Parisians celebrating in the streets in the years following World War I starting at mark 02:52 and artists in the street creating masterpieces (mark 03:54). It was in Paris that Ernest Hemingway wrote “The Sun Also Rises” (mark 06:15) and other members of the “lost generation” of expatriate writers, artists and musicians including Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, and e.e. cummings came to apply their craft. Janet Flanner of The New Yorker (mark 00:45) recalls Gertrude Stein (shown posing for a statue at mark 07:15) and Alice B. Toklas with clips and stills of them in their Paris apartment. Alexander Calder is shown at work creating a mobile at mark 07:25, and we see Samuel Becket and James Joyce starting at mark 08:00. Artist Man Ray describes a Dada film event starting at mark 08:58 and Flanner returns at mark 11:06 to discuss Pablo Picasso’s life in Paris. Cronkite charts the influx of wealthy American tourists to Paris and the growth of the international set, leading to the “Americanization of Paris” (mark 16:00). We see scenes of the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees, watch entertainer Maurice Chevalier sing to a group of tourists at mark 18:00, and visit the Folies Bergere at mark 18:23 to watch Josephine Baker. Charles Lindbergh lands at Le Bourget Airport in 1927 (mark 19:00) following his historic flight from New York, and citizens protest the executions of anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti at mark 19:30. The film also clips of Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, Harpo Marx, Bennett Cerf, and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
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