A Day in Roaring 20s Biarritz | AI Colorized Film

Time travel movie takes you back nearly 100 years using deep learning AI to roaring 20s Biarritz France.
The original silent footage was kindly provided by the Moving Image Research Collection in the University of South Carolina. Full details below.

Two flapper swimsuit models in Biarritz 1928
Two flapper swimsuit models in Biarritz 1928

Film – Années folles ( Roaring 20’s) in Biarritz 1928

Filmed in and around the old Grand Hotel Bar Basque and the cafes and beaches ( Grande Plage) of Biarritz in July 1926 and September 1928.

The original silent footage supplied by MIRC was AI enhanced by Glamourdaze. Firstly colorized, frame by frame, using AI deep exemplar-based colorization techniques. Then cleaned and upscaled to 4k 60fps. Finally a soundtrack was added.

Two flappers model swimsuits – Biarritz 1928. Original Footage © MIRC
swimsuit models - flappers in Biarritz 1928
Two girls modelling swimsuits outside Bar Basque Biarritz in 1928

The film begins with two swimsuit models posing outside Bar Basque, Grand Hotel Biarritz. They are the quintessential flappers.

Bar Basque - Grand Hotel Biarritz 1920s
Bar Basque – Grand Hotel Biarritz 1920s

Bar Basque was part of the original Grand Hotel ( now the refurbished Hôtel du Palais.) A very popular social spot in the roaring 20s. Conveniently located right beside the beach. Sadly there is little to be found on the web about this now long departed bar.

Grande plage Biarritz 1928
La Grande Plage – Biarritz 1928. Original footage c. MIRC

Roaring 20s Biarritz – AI Restored Film Scenes from 1926 to 1928

The film includes several scenic views of La Grande plage and Miramar beach “Plage du Miramar.

Biarritz 1926 - Striped tents on the beach
Biarritz 1926 – Striped tents on the beach. Silent BW footage © MIRC University South Carolina

Many things have changed in the last 100 years, but those little striped tents are still to be seen.

sun bathers on the beach in Biarritz 1928
sun bathers on the beach in Biarritz 1928

There are several intimate shots of sun bathers and swimmers on the beaches.

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Cafe bar La Potiniere – Biarritz 1928. Image © MIRC University South Carolina/ Glamourdaze

We get a a glimpse of a cafe bar called La Potiniere with shots of tourists relaxing outside.
Then a scenic view of a main street in Biarritz in 1926.

1920s cafe bar La Potiniere Biarritz
La Potiniere Cafe bar – Biarritz 1926. Image © MIRC University South Carolina
Gathering on the promenade Biarritz 1926
Biarritz promenade 1926. Image © MIRC University South Carolina/ Glamourdaze

Here’s a lovely shot of two women on the promenade. Why folks had their seats facing away from the sea and the sun, is anybody’s guess!

Promenade in Biarritz 1926
Promenade in Biarritz 1926. Image © MIRC/ Glamourdaze

The final shots are above the Le Casino Municipal. In the roaring twenties, that’s where you gambled away your fortune!

Le Casino Municipal Biarritz 1926
Le Casino Municipal Biarritz 1926. Image © MIRC / Glamourdaze

Finally, at sunset, we bid farewell to our short 1920s vacation in Biarritz.

The Original Silent Black & White Footage – MIRC

Biarritz scenes–outtakes. (Fox News Story B3450…B3455.)
Fox Movietone News Collection.
Moving Image Research Collections.
University of South Carolina.

Early autumn brings crowds to Biarritz–outtakes.
(Fox News Story C7120…C7122.)
Fox Movietone News Collection.
Moving Image Research Collections.
University of South Carolina.

That’s all ! © Glamourdaze


Street traffic and 1920s automobiles - Biarritz 1926. © MIRC Glamourdaze
1920s automobiles. A street scene in Biarritz 1928. © MIRC Glamourdaze

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