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Why the 1920s and 1930s are so popular right now

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Wherever you look at the moment, whether it's in music, fashion or films, you're unable to escape pieces of work that have been inspired by the 1920s and 30s. But since most of us weren't alive nearly 100 years ago, why are we all getting so nostalgic about the 20s and 30s?

Probably one of the big reasons this era has been so popular is thanks to the American period drama Boardwalk Empire. The HBO series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the famous Prohibition era. HBO took a real risk on this programme, as the pilot episode which was directed by Martin Scorsese, cost $18 million to produce. But their risk paid off, as audiences fell in love with lavish nature of the darker side of politics portrayed by Steve Buscemi. The show premiered back in 2010, but like a lot of cult shows it didn't begin to have a big, worldwide following until the series ended last year.

The success of that show led the way for the successful remake of The Great Gatsby in 2013. The movie really embraced the glamour we all love about that era, following the life of millionaire Jay Gatsby, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. The attention to the period was an important part of the movie's success, so much so that the film won both Best Production Design and Best Costume design at the Oscars.

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Since then so many different genres have been inspired by the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the world's biggest artists like will.i.am with Bang Bang and Beyonce with Dance For You have made the era sexy with their 1920s themed music videos. It's also had a big impact on the clothes we buy on the high street, with the likes of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel and Colleen Moore clearly inspiring a lot of fashion designers.

The Roaring 20s have even made a big impact on gaming. The popularity of the decade has inspired casino website Royal Vegas Casino to launch their own Golden Era online slot. The new game has brought a bit of old Hollywood glamour to the world of casino games. Pull back the red curtains that surround this slot machine and you'll find a game that wouldn't look out of place in the era. The iconic characters of the glamorous movie model, the smart gentleman and the wealthy elderly woman all feature in this fun game. Royal Vegas Casino's double feature bonus game even gives you to pick from a whole host of vintage movie posters, which have been lovingly recreated for the game, to see if you can win some extra money hidden behind one.

But maybe the real reason we're romanticising this era is because it's so easy to fall in love with. The glitz and glamour of flapper girls and gentlemen in smart suits and bowties is something so beautiful it would be a shame if it didn't continue for generations to come.


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