I was aware that it was a period film when we were shooting, only we were making it in the present. I knew there would be things that distinguished the years from one another, though actually I thought there would be more examples in the culture. What happened is that it was really only apparent in the technology. I thought there’d be parts where you went, “Oh, that’s so mid 2000s!” But it’s all in the games, cellphones, computers. There’s no car that drives by and makes you think “That’s so 2004!” There are no hairstyles or clothes that really leap out at you. If you were to start in 1970 and go to 1982, you’d begin with hippy rock, then punk would it emerge, then it would get New Wave-y. Cars would have changed significantly. That didn’t really happen here.
Kiki de Montparnasse by Man Ray. c. 1928.
"Her companion for most of the 1920s was Man Ray, who made hundreds of portraits of her. She is the subject of some of his best-known images, including the notable surrealist image Le violon d’Ingres." source.