‘Pleasantville’s Themes of Repression Remain Potent 20 Years Later

Not every film is made to stand the test of time, especially those commenting on specific socio-political events or struggles. A film can become dated for a myriad of reasons, some of which are out of the filmmaker’s control. So with the 20th anniversary of writer/director Gary Ross’ film Pleasantville already here—a movie I love, but haven’t seen in quite some time—I was curious to revisit the comedy/drama to see how well it holds up. While the basic premise finds a pair of 90s teenagers being transported into the black-and-white world …
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