Van and Schenck–Meet Sexy.

Perhaps my favorite thing about the ’50s was its willingness, as a decade, to shamelessly adopt the styles and sounds of another time. True, it did this snobbishly, for the most part, with the view that whatever might have been produced in the way of art in the ’20s was antiquated and stale, but they can’t help digging it up, obsessing over it, and footnoting it in strange and not so subtle ways. Of course there’s television, the truncating of silent films to be played in the off-hours as a labor of love and idiocy—-‘Sure, we’ll give you NOAH’S ARK–but wouldn’t you like it so much better with this NEW SCORE complete with mickey-mousing—–What’s that? Vitaphone? Never heard of it.’ And of course the Jolson revival. Not to mention shows like “The Roaring Twenties” and an obsession with ‘flaming youth’. 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