The Cinematic Features Displayed in Pleasantville and The Truman Show

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The Cinematic Features Displayed in Pleasantville and The Truman Show

The following essay, which I have composed, is based on two important films of the last decade. Their titles are "Pleasantville" and "The Truman Show". Starting with the "Pleasantville", the general overview of the film's plot gets more complicated the further you get into it. It brings up several issues all of which I have commented on in this essay.

The film starts with two teenagers, David and Jennifer. David has an addiction to old reruns of a fifties sitcom also by the name of "Pleasantville". Jennifer is the complete opposite of her brother, leading a rather promiscuous lifestyle. During an argument, their TV remote
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This television show would be live twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week filming this unwanted pregnancy's life. They name the baby Truman Burbank, and the show, "The Truman Show". The film starts when Truman is in his mid to late twenties with an ideal job, wife and home in the town which is Seahaven. I will relate more to this town in the next section. All this is, from actors to the weather, is controlled by Christof, the director of the show. He controls everything around Truman and will be talked about more in the next section.

The towns of Pleasantville and Seahaven, the sets for both films are similar in ways and different in others. The main similarity is how both are supposed to be 'perfect worlds'. Pleasantville, the first perfect world, is based on what most American fifties sitcoms were truly like. They also repeat re-runs of these shows even today just like Pleasantville 'the TV show' is in the film. These sitcoms usually featured wholesome American families consisting of a father, mother and two children, a boy and a girl. Their lives were basically the same. The two children would grow up, get married and have children whilst the husband would go to work and the wife would stay at home. In Pleasantville the town, this is what the population's lives are really like. They also have tacky phrases such as "Honey, I'm Home" used

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