An era of identical pink pressboard suburban houses filled with smilingapron-clad housewives. All the men wear slippers and fedoras and smoke pipesall the girls are teenaged and wear poodle skirtsand all the boys are cute, freckle faced scamps with slingshots in their pockets. Parents sleep in separate beds and only kiss each other on the cheek. With the possible exception of the gas station attendants, everyone on that list is a direct threat to the upright morals and values of the era and will not be afforded a spot in the basement bomb shelter when the Reds drop The Big One.
But for God's sakedon't say anything! Y'know, back when everything was like a sitcom from the seventies. An era of identical pink pressboard suburban houses filled with smilingapron-clad housewives.
All the men wear slippers and fedoras and smoke pipesall the girls are teenaged and wear poodle skirtsand all the boys are cute, freckle faced scamps with slingshots in their pockets. Parents sleep in separate beds and only kiss each other on the cheek.
Anyone who isn't any of these characters are either greasersBeatniksgas station attendants, or Elvis who, in this era, wouldn't be caught dead in a rhinestone jumpsuit. With the possible exception of the gas station attendants, everyone on that list is a direct threat to the upright morals and values of the era and will not be afforded a spot in the basement bomb shelter when the Reds drop The Big One.
Meanwhile, Martin Luther King Jr. The birth of rock 'n' roll took place in this era, to the horror of Moral Guardianswhich also showed a resurgence in popularity. At least that's the popular view of the real Fifties. In media, there are three versions of The Fifties. The first is the Fifties Fifties, i.
In this version, The Fifties were a suburban paradise where everyone was always happy, either forgetting the bad events that happened during the last decade or reminiscing the prosperous times of previous decades, and there were no problems except for all those juvenile delinquents running around.
Unless the local college had some commies spreading un-American values or the flying saucers are landing. The fifties uptightness was linked to real world anxieties and atom-bomb jitters, after all. Don't expect the civil rights movement to show up.
Hell, seeing actual black people is a bit of a crapshoot. The Fifties Fifties are in contemporary times a popular subject of The Parody.
The next An analysis of mccarthyism in the political cartoon is the Nostalgic Fifties of The '70s and The '80s. By that time, there were a huge number of adults nostalgic for the "simple times" of their youth and Hollywood obliged. The biggest difference between this version and the Fifties Fifties is that the rebellious teenagers are now the heroes.
We learn that all the teenagers back then liked to hang out at the local Malt Shopwhere a jukebox played Nothing but Hits. The Nostalgic Fifties are now starting to die out, replaced by other decades as there are becoming fewer and fewer writers in Hollywood who remember the Fifties Therefore, the time period, as portrayed by Hollywood, is becoming more the textbook version.
Films about The Fifties today tend more to deal with the political issues of that era civil rights, McCarthyism, etc. During this period, there were currents that anticipated trends from later decades but because of the repressiveness and censorship of the culture, they were on the margins rather than the mainstream, so modern views are more informed from this perspective.
For a glimpse of what some Americans actually living in the Fifties thought of their world, read the Time Travel stories of Jack Finney. His heroes are generally lonely, frustrated, unhappy bachelors eager to escape from their conformist gray-flannel-suited world, usually into The Gay '90s.
Likewise actual 50s film are also a good depiction, not only Hollywood but also independent films such as Shadows by John Cassavetes actually shot in 50s New York and dealt with working-class African-American characters.
Film Noir was a major genre during the Fifties, that doesn't easily fit in with any of the mainstream versions of the decade listed above, even if many 50s Film Noir actually dealt with the underbelly of crime and represented it in this period and indeed one of the key period films depicting this time is of course Goodfellas Henry Hill's childhood and teenage years.
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This includes modern noir set during the Fifties like L. Confidential or The Black Dahlia. Formerly the 50s was considered a weak era for Hollywood, these days a growing contingent considers it the greatest period of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Roughly speaking, the political decade of fifties began with the start of The Korean War in and ended with the escalation of The Vietnam War in the early '60s.
Culturally speaking, it started with the start of I Love Lucy in and ended with the release of Psycho inor arguably with the death of John F. In many ways it is one of the longest cultural "decades" since it covers the whole period between V-J Day to the Kennedy assassination Another shift was the October launch of Sputnik which launched the Space Race, the point where the decade's futurism and science-fiction dreams went into government policy.
Interestingly, the decade has triggered highly contradictory reactions among people who do not remember it well since the s.
Fifties cars are still admired aesthetically in some areas, you can still find them on the streetFifties clothes are enormously popular for costume parties, and Fifties music at least, the sort that doesn't sound like holdovers from the Forties will probably never be thought unfashionable.
In addition, many seem to view the decade, with much sadness, as a forever-vanished idyllic time that was infinitely more conservative and family-friendly although this is not what people actually living through the decade necessarily thought.
At the same time, the s is often treated as a sort of historical Butt-Monkey ; an all-purpose dartboard on which anyone who is irritated by social repression — especially if it concerns sex — can feel free to take out their frustrations. Whenever you hear of someone described as having "Fifties values," it usually isn't intended to be a compliment.
But those who wish to Flanderize an entire decade should know that the s were actually marked by great strides forward in social progress, sexual and otherwise, even if they still existed mostly on the theoretical level.
And in any case, they were a lot less repressed than the eras that preceded them.The Fabulous Fifties: An era of identical pink pressboard suburban houses filled with smiling, apron-clad alphabetnyc.com the men wear slippers and fedoras and smoke pipes, all the girls are teenaged and wear poodle skirts, and all the boys are cute, freckle faced scamps with slingshots in their alphabetnyc.coms sleep in separate beds and only kiss each other on the cheek.
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