April 4, 2005
When deciding what movie to do for this particular paper I faced a few issues. I knew what the requirements were, but I wanted something different and something I could have fun watching and writing as well. So, after looking around and pondering movies for weeks I finally decided on a perfect choice The 60's directed by Mark Piznarski? This movie is a wonderful production starting from 1960 and ending in 1969 covering all the different things that occurred during this unbelievable decade. The movie takes place in many different areas starring two main families; a very suburban, white family who were excepting of blacks, and a very positive black family trying to push black rights in Mississippi. The movie portrayed many historical events while also including the families and how the two were intertwined. These families were very different, yet so much alike, they both portrayed what to me the whole message' of the movie was. Although everyone was so different they all faced such drastic decisions and issues that affected everyone in so many different ways. It wasn't like one person's pain was easier to handle than another is that's like saying Vietnam was harder on those men than on the men that stood for black rights or vice versa, everyone faced these equally hard issues. So it seemed everyone was very emotionally involved. In fact our whole country was very involved in president elections and campaigns against the war, it seemed everyone really cared.
The two families were just some of those that really cared although all had different stand points and views they stuck to their beliefs and ended with more love for each other in the end than they ever started with. In the white family there was the conservative ex-marine father who loved his children dearly but wanted them to be well behaved and often was hard on them. The mother was more liberal housewife who stood up for her and her children's opinions to her husband. The oldest son Brian was a football star in high school and later goes on to join the marines and fight in Vietnam. The middle child Michael was very liberal active anti war student who marched with the blacks in the Birmingham. The youngest Katie was a young 16 year old who loved to party and have a good time. The black family was a family of good hearts and lots of hope. The father was a Priest and stood for what he believed no matter how many times he was beat up. He was the leader of the Birmingham march and afterwards had his church burnt, he led the way for the first sit ins and was beat many times for these acts but never quit he believed in fighting with happiness and that anger would get you no where. The mother was quiet and not mentioned too much but was always standing right by her husband in the marches and was right in front beside him in Birmingham. The son was an average teenager and trying to be a good man like his father but at times fell short as most kids will do.
The movie kicks off in 1960 with the election of Kennedy who everyone seemed to love dearly. He was the perfect role model of a father and a president. All under his leadership our country went through many changes and improvements such as the space race that kept everyone going and the Cuban missile crisis that scared the crap out of everyone. It was very apparent right away in the movie that any dancing remotely close to boogieing' was completely forbidden. Katie learned that the hard way when she was called out by a nun in front of everyone at a school dance her parents were called and she was punished for dancing with a black man and being too provocative, which if that same nun were to see the dancing today she would probably fall flat of a heart attack. People in these families meet almost immediately in the beginning when the sit ins were taking place and the marches were getting big. Michael saw some of the televised marches and couldn't believe his eyes...
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