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Old 08-27-2023, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Cida View Post
Actually, I don't think you're correct about movies.

It seems to me that in earlier movies there were quite a lot of unhappy endings - Harriet Craig's husband walks out on her, Charlotte Vale will never get to marry the man she loves, Marguerite Gautier dies, the Joad family meets with disaster, kindly Christopher Cross ends horribly, the loving elderly couple part forever in Make Way For Tomorrow.

However, in the 1960s, it's true that the Hays censorship code was abandoned, and it was no longer "required" that the good guys win in the end or the the girl's purity is respected and rewarded. I agree that you can usually tell whether it will be a happy or sad ending, but that's partly because there are a lot of other clues along the way, in the writing, the music, and all that.

In general, though, Americans tend to opt for happy endings.
I realized that I should have added: Nevertheless, you're right that things did change in the 1970s. Filmmakers became more experimental, for one thing.

You might be interested in the documentary, "A Decade Under the Influence."

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Old 08-28-2023, 09:07 AM
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I hated "The Boy In The Striped Pajamas" ending.
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