Our Town

Our Town

DVD - 2003?
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Classic film fraught with human drama, family conflict, marriage, life, and death in a small New Hampshire town during the early years of the 20th century.


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Sep 15, 2013

With the wistfulness of its sentimentality revved right up to "full-throttle", Our Town (from 1940) was a very starry-eyed and nostalgic look at the everyday comings and goings of the good citizens living in a quaint, little, New Hampshire town, set in the year 1910._____ This was an idealistic, "Norman Rockwell" type of setting where nobody felt the need to lock their doors and everybody knew everyone else's business._____ And even though, on the immediate surface, things appeared to be squeaky-clean and picture-postcard perfect, around every street corner there existed the underlying drama of family conflicts which inevitably came to light._____ Far from being what I would consider great entertainment, Our Town (now 70+ years old) has definitely lost a lot of its initial charm and sentimental-edge due to these fast-paced days of jaded attitudes that we now live in - But, all the same, this film was a sensitive and fairly intriguing look at an idealistically "innocent" age that has long ago faded away, never to return._____ Filmed in b&w (with a 90-minute running time), this fond reminiscence of yesteryear was based on Thorton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name.


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