Category Archives: CHANGING TIMES

Movies we classify under the theme, “Changing Times,” are  movies that allow us to discuss their influence in changing societal attitudes and behavior.  We look through a lens of retrospection to try to identify a particular film’s contribution to changing times. Did the movie merely reflect life at the time, or was it instrumental in changing attitudes and behavior?

Metalious’s Peyton Place shatters illusions of 1950s

Through the decades of the 1940s and 1950s in America, societal monotony with its binary vision and easy moral choices began to change into a complex and uncomfortable nation of people, thanks in part to a revolutionary foray into areas of literary taboo in movies and in books such as Grace Metalious’s Peyton Place.

In the early 1940s, America needed women in the workforce, with her men overseas fighting Nazi and Fascist regimes. Continue reading Metalious’s Peyton Place shatters illusions of 1950s