Yesterday's blog about neighbourly love reminded me of a 1990's film called 'Pleasantville'. Teen siblings get magically transported into a 1958 sitcom, where they find themselves in a very black and white world with old time values. What they don't initially realise is that they bring with them a hint of colour, which over time changes the inhabitants of Pleasantville in many ways. The siblings' biggest influence on this town was by way of introducing the locals to sex and books.
Pleasantville was literally in black and white. This symbolizes the innocence of the 1950's and the strongly upheld idea of conformity. Colour then became the symbol of knowledge and breaking away from the homogeneous ideals of the elders. There was an unspoken message about racism and the townspeople's idea of everyone being the same, even though the entire town is Caucasian.
|Witherspoon & Maguire as siblings|
transported back in time to 1958