Monday, October 3, 2016

State Fair (1945)

Okay, Gregory Peck has a rival in Dana Andrews (okay, so Peck is probably still my favorite leading man, but Andrews comes in close second).

I enjoyed this film. Dana Andrews is so handsome, Margie's outfits are so pretty (I mean to make some similar), the Frake parents are hilarious, and its just fun. But I thought Margie and Wayne's naivete rather disconcerting. Hers, because normally for a story like this, the guy is a Wickham or Willoughby who means naught, and his, because a grown man should not be that dumb. Also, I can understand Margie's discontent; she had a unattractive, boring, maybe suitor, and wanted a more interesting life. But Wayne had everything he wanted and needed. I think their stories show the difference between not wanting to settle versus discontent. And I am glad of the ending, even though I think early Hollywood has a desire to make everything end unnaturally happy (more on this theme). I mean more often (Roman Holiday does exist after all) than modern films and more wholly.



1 comment :

  1. Livia Rachelle,

    I think you're right about the tragic endings in silver screen films. I have never seen this one but I have seen Roman Holiday. It is probably one of the only old movies in which I feel the sad ending didn't ruin it or feel forced.

    Do you sew Livia? I have been interested in sewing for a while.

    Miranda Jo

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