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Splendor in the Grass
Splendor in the Grass is a 1961 Technicolor romantic drama film that tells a story of sexual repression, love, and heartbreak, from which the character Deanie suffers. Written by William Inge, who appears briefly as a Protestant clergyman and won an Oscar for his screenplay, the film was directed by Elia Kazan.
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Although this is set in the 1920s, this was made in 1961. This seems very '60s. At work seems to be a lot of dramatized sexual revolution precepts. Most obviously the Freudian notion that delayed sexual gratification will drive you insane; that marital sex is stultifying duty; that men can only relate to women as virgins or whores. There is a "rebel without a cause" (also starring Wood) sort of precursor to the baby boomer realization that parents are imperfect and can't be blindly trusted.
Above all, The plot is is so extreme and jolting, It's hard to watch, and it's hard to believe. Does anyone want to watch beautiful sensitive Natalie Wood destroy herself, for the most amorphous and apparently out of character reasons? And do I care about the warren Beatty character, who is so self-absorbed that he thinks not being able to have his cake and eat it too is such real suffering he actually discusses it with a doctor. Is it just me or does Beatty always play these "you're so vain" characters?
As someone born long after this, it is an interesting look back at odd antiquated thinking, of both the 1920s and 1960s.