Modernity is about all things new. Fashion, technology, music, these and more industries depend on innovation and improvement to appeal to consumers. There is, however, another side to progress, one drawn to the allure of the old. Vintage clothing never seems to go out of fashion. Films often recycle classic stories from literature, cinema, and even mythology. Some of the Disney live-action remakes that have emerged, like The Jungle Book (2016) and Beauty and the Beast (2017), started as culturally rich books before being adapted for the big screen. People enjoy bringing the mystery and glamour of the olden times to the present by experiencing things that have persevered through the ages. Here are some examples of activities that have defied time.
There is little that conveys old-school class like a good film from the 20th century. Casablanca (1942) and The Godfather (1972) are two of the most famous and quoted productions of all time. And when has a wet day gone by without Singin’ in the Rain (1952) springing from someone’s lips? Watching such films is a well-known popular pleasure that UK businesses have not failed to accommodate. The over 100-year-old Phoenix Cinema, one of London’s first picture houses, regularly offers what it calls “Cinememories”, comprising screenings of unforgettable classics. This building and its contemporary films have endured thanks to the public’s refusal to let them and their historic value go.
Fortune-telling still exists for the same reasons that old cinema does. People love it. Genuine Readers help to open minds and aid people on their journeys to self-discovery. Originating from 14th century Europe and developed with the help of specialized decks, including the most popular set designed in 1910 by Arthur E. Waite and Pamela C. Smith, tarot readings are a trademark practice among psychics. The beautifully illustrated cards of the Major and Minor Arcana have always been just as fascinating as the practitioners’ accuracy when discerning details about personal lives and futures. Online tarot services like TheCircle have achieved popularity because of this unique insight they offer.
In addition to films and psychics, classic fun can be found in actual games passed down from generation to generation and country to country. One such pastime is charades, a tricky game that was an entirely different challenge in the 18th century. An assumed French invention, it used to involve posing a riddle of a word or phrase by describing its syllables independently through prose or verse. Its journey through British and American society transformed it into today’s mute activity enjoyed at parties across the globe. Old fashions are still around due to their fulfilling qualities, such as intellectual fun, that modern entertainment may lack.
All these forms of pastimes have matured with age, fame, and technology. People’s appreciation has carried them into the 21st century and caused them to merge into a highly satisfying experience. The charm of old worlds shines through the modern, whether on physical or digital pedestals, reinvigorating fashions along the way. If it has not already, this pleasing cycle is unlikely to end.