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This review is from: Picnic: Restored (DVD)
One of my all-time favorite movies, "Picnic" embodies what a 1950s director like Joshua Logan could do with the limitations put on him not only by the watchdogs of the film industry but also by the social contexts of the times. The setting of Midwestern Kansas smalltown is a perfect metaphor for the clash between the superficial, outwardly values of the times and the raw, below-the-surface desires and passions that must be kept in check. The clash between age and repression--beautifully depicted by Rosalind Russell--and youth and possibility--seen in the characters of Kim Novak and Susan Strasberg--is another refreshing insight subtly created by the script and the director.
The 1950s shown in the film may have been repressive, but were they not a far gentler,more humanly meaningful times when the tensions of life were the sources of creativity and larger possibilities.