FILM Pleasantville (1998)
An Academy Award-nominated modern day fairy tale where two late 20th Century teenagers find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world. Their visit accidentally brings living color to a mysterious suburb trapped in a black-and-white '50s utopia.
"Nonsense Young, Lady, You're going to start your day off with a nice big breakfast,"
HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE IN THE 1950s
For young woman in the 1950s, domesticity was idealized in the media, and women were encouraged to stay at home. The following is excerpted from an actual 1950's high school Home Economics textbook:
- "HAVE DINNER READY: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal-on time. This is a way to let him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned with his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and having a good meal ready is part of the warm welcome that is need".
- "PREPARE YOURSELF: Take fifteen minutes to rest so that you will be refreshed when he arrives. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift. Greet him with a smile".
Check also the 50's woman's life in the real American 1950s sitcom 'Leave it to Beaver'