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Nuria

I really like it. It's avery interesting point of view

Amelia

Thanks for this! I think you're right, that Easy Living encompasses this feeling to a T. I just made a long lesson plan for 9th grade Social Studies about the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl and I used a lot of music and film clips to teach the lesson. One thing that was hard to explain was this division, and since i didn't live through the time period, I felt as if I couldn't rightly justify it.

Kathy Zadrozny

Amelia - I definitely feel weird talking about it too since I didnt go through it or have surviving family members from this time period. But this type of perspective allows you to understand the significance of certain actions or intentions in movies. Im starting to notice the class gap more in more in other old media - like in The Honeymooners. I just saw an episode the other week where Alice was complaining about the sink; no water was coming out from it because the upstairs neighbor was washing the dishes. I live in a pre-war building, but thank goodness we dont have those kind of pluming issues!

Jesse

Interesting point of view. I thought I remembered reading somewhere that the gap between the lowest and highest quartile of income are larger now than they ever have been. I think you're right that a lot of things that were once considered luxuries are now commonplace (cars, household conveniences) and furthermore we see representations of modern luxury all the time on tv. Luxury has lost its awe, I think.

Kathy Zadrozny

I'd be interested to read the article about today's class gaps, if you remember where you saw it.

I'm not sure if I got it across well in my post, but I think that the inequality then had more to do with domestic labor than it does now, since
the middle class is so endowed with modern marvels
like washing machines. I find it hard to not take for granted the technology we have now when watching old movies. Sometimes I even find myself thinking just call him! before I realize the movie I'm watching is based before every household had a phone. :) The normalcy of these technologies now also make us forget just how much of a luxury these things were then. I definitely agree with you that luxury is a lost awe - I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing though.

Ant

Here's a story on income disparities as of 2007 in the NYT. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/29/business/29tax.html
And a more recent study covered in the Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/14/income-inequality-is-at-a_n_259516.html
Also, one of my favorite books on working-class women in the early 20th c. is Joanne Meyerowitz's Women Adrift.

Kathy Zadrozny

Thanks for these links!

Izzy

Scuse me, I'm stumblng upon your blog just now & love it!
You are absolutely right - the movies we love did NOT represent reality - even the shopgirl was glamorous to the audience.
To give you an idea - when my uncle recalled driving up a one-lane road, he mentioned the mule. This was in about 1940. When he went off to WWII, he said, "I realized not everyone slept on cornhusks".

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