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Old 07-13-2018, 03:31 PM
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Death On The Nile time period?

TCM is promoting itself, and they have a Backlot member saying that they had a movie night on which they showed Death On The Nile. As part of the festivities, the guests dressed up in 1930s attire. I know that the book came out in the '30s (1937, I think), but the costumes in the film clips appear to be from the 1920s. So when do the events in the movie take place?
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:17 PM
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The book definitely takes place in the '30s. The late '30s, to be precise. My guess is that the guests were a little off on their costuming.
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I don't remember the Poirot books being that specific as to time, and I don't think you can just go by when it was published.

Was there something in the book that placed it in time? It's been a long while since I read it.

As for the film, there was a car in an early scene that might have set the early time limit on when it was to take place. I barely remember but I think it was definitely a 30s car.
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Old 07-13-2018, 08:08 PM
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Checking a few clips on youtube, the one character that seems dolled up in 20s clothes is Angela Lansbury's, who is supposed to be a penniless drunk, so she may just be wearing what she has left from the old days. Maggie Smith's suit and Jane Birkin's dresses are very 30s mid-calf styles, and I think the same can be said for the other young women (Mia Farrow, Olivia Hussey) although I couldn't find clips of them in daytime clothes. Bette Davis was wearing what an old woman would wear, neither stylish nor easily dated.
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Old 07-13-2018, 08:29 PM
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I believe the film refers to the Chrysler Building, and the book to Prohibition, in ways that fairly well announce “yeah, this isn’t the 1920s”.
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I don't remember the Poirot books being that specific as to time, and I don't think you can just go by when it was published.
Sure you can. Aggie wasn’t writing time travel novels.

With Golden Age detective stories, I always figure...if no dates are given....that the story takes place in the year before publication. When the author was writing it.
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