It's a Big Country
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With spacious skies, amber fields and alabaster cities gleaming, with E Pluribus Unum and red, white and bally-hoo, It's a Big Country celebrates the USA with a star-studded array of eight slice-of-life vignettes. Among highlights: a train passenger (William Powell) sets another traveler (James Whitmore) straight about how America defies simple description; an elderly widow (Ethel Barrymore) seeks to be counted in the census; a documentary montage lauds African-Americans; a saddled-up lone star (Gary Cooper) drolly extols the Lone Star State; and Icarus Xenophon (Gene Kelly) finds love (with Janet Leigh) and wrath from her Greek-loathing father (S. Z. Sakall). The stars shine brightly over this big, grand, heart-tugging country.
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There is the sanitized vision of the 1950s, one of all-American goodness and fairplay, and the revisionist image of the 50s, an uptight, racially, politically and religiously intolerant society seething with prejudice and hatred. (It will be interesting to see how the early 21st century will be perceived by our grandchildren.)
This film attempted to acknowledge that amidst all that seething prejudice, the ideals of brotherhood and fairplay were alive and well, and to remind its audience that those were the ideals to be embraced. Since films can only be made in the here and now, the makers of this seem to us a little self-consciously tolerant and celebritory of differences in the American melting pot. Maybe we're a little more cynical or hyper-critical of intentions now, but we're not nearly as smart as we think we are. I so hope our grand children will tell us so loudly and clearly one day (as theirs will them LOL).
Anyway, the film's heart is in the right place even if, to us, it's message of tolerance is a little heavy handed. Maybe that's not such a bad idea sometimes, particularly when thinking of the social history of the time. And any film whose message is 'we're all in this together, trying to make the country and the world a better place' is OK by me.
Enjoy it as a time capsule of its time and place, because you admire some of its stars, as proof that people living at the time were well aware that everything in their world was not perfect even as they celebrated the belief that it could be.
And cut the past some slack. You're going to need the same compassion for your own times and beliefs one day.