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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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I'll definitely check this one out in the next week. Thanks!

Cool! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

It's always interesting seeing films made just before cataclysmic events and trying to understand what was going on with ordinary people, or at least what the entertainment wanted to reach ordinary people with at that time. I don't mean this to be snarky, but because, as a movie-lover, I think they are so valuable to cultural historians. Of course hindsight is 20/20 but sometimes it is incredibly poignant hearing hopes and dreams expressed when we know what was about to happen in real life.

I agree completely, Retriever. Any genre of film takes on that responsibility, to be a look into the gestalt of the era it was made in. Is a given film really trying to show how it was? Or is the film trying to influence the audiences of their day into a certain way of being/thinking? Every era is a little bit of both, but in the "studio system" days, I don't think that art has ever been employed more strenuously to control the mob, ahem, I mean, "serve the public good." It is an interesting thing to try to decode.

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