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But "Pleasantville" is about fantasy and reality, not the 1950's and the 1990's. The characters take on color not because they are discovering sexuality but because they are becoming whole human beings rather than imaginary characters in an unchanging idyllic world. This is no less true of David/Bud and Jennifer/Mary Sue than it is of the citizens of the town. The symbolism of the fruit, paralleling the Biblical story of emerging human awareness and its divinity, is powerful. Contrary to those who see the knowledge of good and evil as an affront to God, "Pleasantville" reminds us that it is this knowledge that makes us like God, possessing of a divine nature that other animals lack. As to the charges that the film glorifies irresponsible sexuality, I point out that Jennifer/Mary Sue only achieves color when she stops having sex and discovers that there is more to life than the shallow pleasure-only morality she had previously embraced. One must be sexual to be whole, but one cannot be whole if one is only sexual.
So see "Pleasantville", but be warned: it will challenge you in ways that few stories do.
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I showed excerpted parts of the film to my students as an intro activity to The Giver, and it was perfect! Read morePublished 22 days ago by konjurer
Wish it were a little bit more funny and had a more suitable ending. Spoilers alert: Tobey should have stayed (he was in his element) and Reese should have returned to show her... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Used it for compare contrast with 1984! Good 'ol Dystopian literature! Students really enjoyed watching it for the FIRST TIME!Published 27 days ago by T. C.
This movie begins with two teenage siblings, a boy and girl, who don't appreciate what they have
This is in both the physical and metaphorical sense. Read more
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