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Friday, 28 June 2013

Obsessed with Pleasantville

It never rains.
The highs and lows rest at 23 degrees Celsius
The fire department exists only to rescue treed cats.
Nobody ever has a harsh word for anybody else.
Everybody knows what they are expected to do and what the end result will be.
..and the basketball team never misses the hoop.

David and Jennifer

The movie is about two teenagers - twins, who magically gets drawn into the 1950s fictional, black-and-white television sitcom, Pleasantville. The show portrays a very stereotypical image of the 1950’s. In Pleasantville, both David and Jennifer are forced to take on the roles of Bud and Mary-Sue ("Sport" and "Muffin"), respectively. But as they play along in the perfect and pure little town of Pleasantville, their presence soon influences drastic changes. They accidentally, then intentionally, expose the Pleasantville residents to art, music, and the counterculture revolution, and ignite the curiosity and passion of an entire town, irrevocably changing the Pleasantville universe from a monochromatic and conservative community into a Technicolor parallel world.

What's outside of Pleasantville?
David: Oh, it doesn't matter.
Margaret Henderson: What's outside of Pleasantville?
David: There are some places that the road doesn't go in a circle. There are some places where the road keeps going.
Margaret Henderson: Keeps going?
David: Yeah, yeah. It just keeps going. It all keeps going.

The film also covertly represented the double standard for men and women. In the time of the 1950’s, women were said to stay at home. Women were supposed to stay in the house, with the kids, prepare food for the family, and have it ready for the husband when he walked in from work.
Women of this time period were supposed to look beautiful at all times, never have a bad moment, and were not to worry about a thing, especially social problems.. (something I have no problems with - it's called "keeping it together")


..and then the colors appeared!

Pink bubblegum - is there any other? :)

The (ever)green car giving a flash of color in front of Soda Shop

Something I'd love to have in my living room - green glass swan

The costume designs for Pleasantville were immaculate in replicating the styles that both men and women incorporated into their daily wardrobes in the more 'simpler' time that embodied the era of the 1950's. Tight sweaters, circle skirts and cardigans.. what's not to love?!

I'd love to walk the streets with the elephant! :)

Amazing color-combination.. I'm guessing the sweater is angora.

Most famous scene - "the umbrella" - she shines so bright, contrasting the scenery.

Ladies at their best.. every day, all the time.

Beautiful dress, and a lovely roses giving it a "pop" of much loved color.

To me - best outfit in the film. Calm, well structured, gorgeous colors
..loving her earrings!

I know it's not a reality most would want for themselves; it's a never-ending circle repeating over and over. But, I believe it's made to reassure us that there is hope — that the world we see around us represents active progress - not decay. 

♥ Pinky Honey

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