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Colorful Beauty

 

            Pleasantville is trying to portray society in a way that
can be perceived that the world is beautiful. In the beginning of the movie it
shows the viewer how ugly the real world is. When introducing the 1950’s show
Pleasantville, its conveyed to be a perfect little world where nothing goes
wrong and everyone is just constantly in a happy state of mind. This world rapidly
changes from black and white to color which are considered to be imperfections.

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I think the color represented a certain beauty that Pleasantville needed to be
truly pleasant.

It
begins with David and Jennifer who are siblings and are present-day teenagers, both
with different levels of high school popularity. David, is socially awkward, is
a shy and withdrawn guy. On the other hand, Jennifer is an aggressive extrovert
who sometimes can be really superficial. David really loves watching Pleasantville,
a 1950’s black and white sitcom and he wants to watch the marathon that will be
coming on soon. But, Jennifer wants to watch a concert on television but
it hits on the same day and time where the marathon will be released, so of
course the classic feud of brother and sister arguing on who get to watch what
happens. And this causes them to break their remote control. Then mysteriously,
an old television repairman suddenly showed up and gave them a remote control.  Which
transported them into the television set and now they play as bud and Mary Sue
on the show. 

Now they do things from their world and
introduce them into Pleasantville. So every time things do not come about the
way they should be in the show, Pleasantville happens to change from black and
white into colon.  This consists of people’s faces and its
surroundings. It also depicted communal protests in art
earlier in the 1950’s. Pleasantville was to mimic how the 1950’s society looked
like. There is a standard in the Pleasantville community intended that everything
and everyone has to be uniformed. If this standard was not followed, the community
will go against the offender.

For
some the citizens in Pleasantville, they didn’t understand that color has a
deeper meaning than it just being change.  They did did not dwell on
its literal aspects and attributes as for its ornamental purposes and
beauty. Color highlighted development in art during the 1950’s where
paintings of Picasso and other famous artists during his time were shown in
some clips. The characters in the film portrayed people in the 1950’s where
some get to agree with the new art while others remained to be on the same
standard, the only standard that they were accustomed to which caused rioting,
anger and hate.

Pleasantville
had created a different mindset that does not want change, into a place with an
open mind to explore new ideologies. The flaws in art led to a discovery
of a fresh kind of beauty that despite not being perfect, because of it creates
something just absolutely beautiful. Beauty is something that not everyone adheres
the same understanding because its depends on that one specific person. Not
everything that looks one way may look the same to others. Like in the movie, the
black and white was the standard existing in the town of Pleasantville. The
shades of gray were considered the pleasant one. In the eyes of Jennifer,
everything seemed extremely bland. But for the community, it was beautiful.

When things came into color, some people felt uncomfortable. It seemed
almost ugly for them to see some color. The people in Pleasantville upon seeing
diner owner’s artworks, they rioted over his art. And they didn’t find any
in looking at it because they sought it to be ugly. But at the end of the movie
after everyone and everything has been colorized, the people of Pleasant saw
and embraced just how much more beautiful all of these changes actually were.

 

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