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Jazz Band and Mae Murray in the Silent Film Circe, The Enchantress (1924)
Mae Murray’s films exemplified Jazz Age popular culture. This still from the lost film Circe, The Enchantress, combines jazz elements, 1920s fashions, and a woman playing the role of the vamp – aspects of contemporary culture that horrified the more conservative elements of society. Universum-Film AG (UFA), the film studio located in Potsdam-Babelsberg, played an early and significant role in developing film into the popular mass medium it would become.