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Pleasantville is a fantasy comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by Gary Ross

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Shannon O?BrienAuchmuty High School ?Pleasantville? is a fantasy comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by Gary Ross. Two teenagers find themselves in a 1950?s programme where their influence begins to change that complacent world. The key elements of the plot are the turning point and climax. The turning point is when the fire occurs, this occurs when Betty learns about sex. This affects Pleasantville as they have never seen anything like that before. Also the fireman because they did not know what fire was and did not know what to do when it came to putting it out. The climax of the film is when everyone changes to colour towards the end. This happens when David and Mr Johnston are not given lawyers to keep the court ?pleasant.? That way the mayor gets the decision he wants. The courtroom is segregated and the grey scaled people are separated from those in colour. ...read more.

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Her change was then when she was reading a book in her room instead of going to have sex. Jennifer puts her education first and also shows a positive change and she doesn?t feel obliged to do what others want her to do. One of the main characters in Pleasantville that shows use of characterisation through their change is George, Bud and Mary-Sue?s father in Pleasantville, who is one of the later changes towards the end. Before the change George is a stereotypical male, he is the type of man who goes out to work and comes home and expects his wife to have made him his dinner. George is still black and white when it comes to Bud and Mr Johnson?s court case. George?s change happens as Bud tells him that Betty is up in the tiered seats with the ?coloured? people. Bud tells him to look at Betty and think of how he misses her and that he loves Betty as his wife. ...read more.

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The scene with the rain is also an exact duplication of the ?Garden of Eden? story. The tree with the apple represents the ?Tree of Knowledge.? Margaret, like Eve, picks the apple from the tree and gives it to David who, like Adam, eats it. It immediately begins to rain and thunder for the first time ever in Pleasantville, representing God?s angry judgement when he banned Adam and Eve from the garden. The film ?Pleasantville? represents the positive and negative effects of change. He does this by using a plot containing a turning point and climax in the film, characterisation of main characters looking at how they are at the outset of the film, how they change and how they react to the change and theme to create a central idea and message throughout the film. My opinion of the film is that is gives a clear message of sin and prejudice but positive connotations also. The film effectively shows both positive and negative effects of change well. ...read more.

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