Thursday, April 17, 2014

Classic Films of 1967 Edition of What Would You Do?

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Gee, I have realized I have not done an installment on my What Would You Do? film series in sometime. So today I bring you Classic Films of 1967 Edition of What Would You Do?

Valley of the Dolls

The story of Valley of the Dolls  follows three ambitious career women who are trying to make something of themselves. The three women quickly bond and we watch how each travels along their path in their careers as well as witness their triumphs and failures.

One of the girls is named Neely O'Hara (Patty Duke) who has a talent for singing. Neely is mistreated by the lead of the show named Helen Lawson (Susan Hayward) and is eventually fired because Lawson sees Neely as a threat. When Neely becomes a big star herself she ends up treating other like Lawson did.

What Would You Do?

Would you have done just about anything to further your career? Would you let yourself turn into the very thing that you hated most?

The Graduate

The Graduate was the top film of 1967. It starred Anne Bancroft who plays Mrs. Robinson who seduces a recent college graduate by the name of Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman). Benjamin has no direction in his life and allows the seduction to happen but what he didn't expect was to fall in love with Mrs. Robinson's daughter, Elaine (Katherine Ross). At the end of the film Ben has broken it off with Mrs. Robinson and Elaine is getting ready to marry someone else. Ben finds the church and escapes with Elaine hand in hand.

What Would You Do?

First off, would you have an affair with one of your parents friends? That is a big question. Then would you have pursued a relationship with the person you had an affair with's child? Would you have continued to pursue them even when they were getting married to someone else? I think Ben needed time to reflect on why he was making such major life mistakes that did eventually alter the lives of so many.

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde was actually considered a landmark film at the time because it included sex and violence in a way that attracted younger audiences. The film is based on the true story of criminals and fugitives, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

Set in the middle of the Great Depression, we following Bonnie as she meets Clyde and decides to leave her job as a waitress and take up a life of crime with him. Eventually their actions catch up to them and eventually they were killed.

What Would You Do?

Would you have left your job as a waitress during the Great Depression in order to run off with some guy you just met? I don't care how cute the guy is, that is borderline nuts! Would you have entered into a life of crime because you were bored? Would you have stayed with that same person knowing they were heading down a path of violence and death?

Barefoot in the Park

Barefoot in the Park is based on a play written by Neil Simon. It stars Robert Redford as the uptight husband named Paul and Jane Fonda as the fun-loving wife named Corie.

Corie and Paul are two very different people and one day Corie thinks to herself that they are too different to be together. She finds Paul to be cautious and she wants to be carefree. Before she realizes this she asked him to go walk with her barefoot in the park. Paul thinks that is a mad idea and declines. Which leads to after Corie kicks him out of their tiny apartment Paul gets drunk and walks all over the park barefoot. The tables are turned and it is Corie who is cautious and Paul who is carefree. They eventually reconcile.

What Would You Do?

I just ask you this..would you walk barefoot in the park to prove a point to the person you loved?

1 comment:

  1. Though I wouldn't (ever!) sell out my soul for a job or for any reason, for that matter, I would consider going barefoot to prove a point (especially on a tropical beach :D).

    ♥ Jessica

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