Some programs and films evoke the 1960s, while others reflect anxiety, with artists to choose between the escape and the harsh reality
every point of view, seeing the highly acclaimed film by Jeff Nichols
shelter is an unforgettable experience. Its central character, Curtis LaForche the Midwest of the working class trying to hold your family, work and mental health in rural Ohio, is increasingly haunted by apocalyptic dreams that appear to be leaching into the world real.
The public looks at life and the universe in its own file LaForche in a film that is soaked with the two images of the supernatural and the problems of every day America lost his job and can not afford health for your family. The film vibrates with the uncertainty and apprehension of the end of American way of life. Critics have hailed as a masterpiece of the great recession and economic crisis. is not the only film to reveal the impact of the recession in almost all cultural aspects of modern life in the U.S. new age of anxiety. With unemployment stuck support by 9% - and the real figure much higher - and nearly 50 million people live in poverty, not surprising that there is a cultural concern. The meaning of these days, is also evident in Rise of Planet of the Apes
, where super-intelligent monkeys and deadly microbes, respectively, are about to end humanity.
However, pessimism is not the only cultural response to the recession. There is evidence of a renewed desire to the certainties of the 1950s and 1960s, when - in the popular mind at least - a good solid work was abundant, the U.S. plants manufactured products exported around the world and was a dream of suburban white picket fences, picket lines, no signs of foreclosure. Of high street fashion trends in retro cocktails in the renewed popularity of facial hair for men is a cultural desire to look back and ignore the difficulties. The influence of the hit series
Mad Men , created in 1960 a new York advertising agency, it is almost impossible to exaggerate. Central male character is a man, Don Draper, has become a cultural symbol. The number of curves Joan Holloway has changed the modern visions of female beauty. The journey of the series in simpler and more robust "Golden Age" is not alone. It was followed by shows like Pan Am , celebrating the life and Glamorise stewardess in the 1960s, when flying was far from crowded hell it is today. At the same time, remakes of old TV shows like classicThe Man from UNCLE
are in the works, which also dates from simpler times.
"There is a tendency to watch television storytellers of the past when the present times are difficult. The public must be removed from the current configuration to provide a means, in a sense, change the location of reality, "said Professor Jeff McCall, an expert on popular culture in DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
not just television shows seeking an escape to a happier past. The Cleveland Institute of Art exhibition shows a Master of abstraction of mid-century artists, Robert Mangold, Julian Stanczak and Ed Mieczkowski All painted very abstract, often Op art, famous for their color pieces bright, bold bright and lack of social context. "Art is a totally optimistic," said gallery director Bruce Cleveland Checefsky. Opening the show was a great success with Checefksy described as probably the most popular in the last decade. It has a simple explanation. "The outlook is so bleak that people look back at 60 and art when there was at least a sense of optimism. It was amazing the amount of people coming through and I think it reflects trends, "he said.
much of the "golden age" being desired is mythical. The years 1950 and 1960 may have been a time of economic progress, but it was also a period of homophobia and sexism deep racism, all on display for Don Draper. "I'm not sure
Mad Men Draper or a character representing the time a" better ", said Professor Dann Pierce, a communications expert at the University of Portland, Oregon. McCall agreed. "The 1960s were turbulent indeed in many ways, including a Cold War, the Cuban missile crisis, assassinations, riots urban and Vietnam. This is not necessarily a long time to review, "he said.
But not all cultural responses to difficult moments of escape. Another way is to address the problems. Today, banks and large companies are the villains in movies and television series. As the Communists and Soviet spies were sick during the cold war and terrorists are the enemies during the years 1990 and 2000, is now the lords of high finance who make cultural achievements.
Oliver Stone Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
, who brought the devil figure in 1980 of Gordon Gekko, a
in 2011, the role of financial sector crisis is being studied and, in general, a severe test passes. The list of films of the last two years is long and includes
, where the enemy is a bank, to comedies like the other guys
Despicable Me skewer impromptu jokes which banks and bankers, including children's films.Music was as simple nostalgia in the form of the immense popularity of Western movies and radio programs, such as