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Pleasantville and the textuality of media memory

right to comment that, quite aside from its inclusive pretensions, Pleasantville projects a resiliently white, heterosexual version of the redeemed community. The film offers a fairly mainstream dose of Hollywood liberalism. It would be wrong to suggest, however, that Pleasantville traffics in a muddled, random or idiotic narrative to advance this liberal positionality. On the contrary, the

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anchored themselves not in late-​twentieth and early twenty-​first-​ century liberalism, with its concomitant praxis of government-​driven social justice, but in an earlier and more problematic version of the American Dream that put its faith in individual action. However, such morality always has been fraught with contradiction and problems in the contested space where American exceptionalism sits. Jake, Ben and Chon all inhabit a world that is very different to the one in which Bud Fox lived. Stone’s philosophy returned again to Henry Luce’s vision of the ‘American

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Civil rites of passage

protagonists undergo a rites of passage or racial conversion. Most white directors and screenwriters espouse a liberal reformist vision in working out private salvations. But as Martin Luther King Jr. opined in Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (1967), liberalism can be ‘all too sentimental concerning human nature’, leaning towards a ‘false idealism’. Films made in our own historical moment

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