Literary, Theatrical and Film References: It's a Mad Men World
Posted Oct 23, 2007 @ 4:11 PM
Posted Oct 23, 2007 @ 5:55 PM
"Never on Sunday" and "Butterfield 8" are also on the must-see list, I think. "Exodus," anyone? "A Face in the Crowd"? "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter"?
Oh, and definitely "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
Posted Oct 23, 2007 @ 9:02 PM
I think "Executive Suite," "Lover Come Back," and a few Hitchcock's--at the very least, "Psycho," which was mentioned on MM, and "North by Northwest," which featured Cary Grant as an ad man accused of murder--should be included as well. MW mentions "Dear Heart," starring Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page in one of his interviews. And, of course, we can't forget about La Dolce Vita, which provided the visual reference for Roger Sterling's midnight ride of Mirabelle. "Patterns" and "Madison Avenue" are two lesser known movies from the time that deal with some of the same themes of isolation and trying to get ahead in business.
The "Twilight Zone" and "Bewitched" are obvious television fare, as are the Danny Thomas Show, and possibly the Dick Van Dyke Show as well.
Posted Oct 24, 2007 @ 9:54 AM
I agree The Fountainhead movie may be the way to go if anyone's interested in Ayn Rand; Atlus Shrugged is 1000+ pages. If you watch the film, you can compare Don Draper to the American icon Gary Cooper and decide if you think Don is an Ayn Rand hero. I don't think so, mainly because of the episode Hobo Code. (That's a compliment to Don in my opinion.)
If Rand's books are checked out at the library, a new video game named BioShock may be the reason. Video gamers are actually reading up on her. Strangely, both BioShock and Mad Men are set in 1960 and are about advertising and Ayn Rand, although BioShock emphasizes the latter. I couldn't believe the similarity when I watched Mad Men, which is the only tv show that's ever grabbed me. BioShock was just named game of the year, and I expect Mad Men to win something too.
Here's something about great advertising campaigns, icons, etc.:
Posted Oct 24, 2007 @ 2:17 PM
And even though the visual style of Mad Men is nothing like that of the French New Wave, there's something about Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows (troubled kid seeks escape through creating his own fantasy life in movies, books, and lying about dead mothers) and Shoot the Piano Player (talented, mysterious pianist walks away from his old life and starts another life under another name--although in this case he goes from upper-class to lower/working-class) that reminds me of Don.
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Posted Oct 24, 2007 @ 3:41 PM
The "Twilight Zone" and "Bewitched" are obvious television fare
The Twilight Zone, yes, but Bewitched didn't come on the air until 1964. Unless you mean for the advertising angle?
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Posted Oct 24, 2007 @ 9:55 PM
And I love the idea of discussing the French New Wave as it pertains to MM. All that existentialism and angst--they're perfectly suited.
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Posted Nov 9, 2007 @ 9:10 PM
The first is The Girls Who Went Away, about women who's babies were adopted during the 50s, 60s and 70s. I make a point of not saying "gave up thier babies" because it's clear that very few of these women were given a choice. They suffered from guilt, shame, ostracism, post-partum depression, post traumatic stress, and the belief that there was something wrong with them, because they were all told they'd "forget it and move on." They never did, but they could never talk about it with anyone, so they all suffered alone.
It's a heartbreaking book.
The second is Manhatten Memoir by Mary Cantwell. Mary Cantwell grew up in Bristol, RI and went to New York and worked at Mademoiselle and Vogue in the 1950s. Several elements of her story have popped up in MM- her going to a psychiatrist and finding out that her husband was being told everything that happened in her sessions. Finding herself trapped in marraige she really didn't intend. A husband who sort of sleazes his way into a better job. Even a higher up in her office name Joan. There was also a lot of talk about people coming to New York and changing their names. Becoming a new person. It's pretty good, but a bit slow going. She has a lovely way with words, though.
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Over Thanksgiving weekend, I watched early The Pink Panther movies to get a minor pre hippies 1960's fix. Great scenes (sets, clothes) in bars where they keep trying to kill the Inspector. There was a love of the International then in America, partly because we were the World Leader. A time before when people where just about to stop caring about World's Fairs.
I so wanna see Joan dressed like a Parisian. Sorry for straying off topic.
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I love that Don was reading The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe. It was such chicklit!
Peggy's arrival in the office in the Pilot reminded me quite a bit of Hope Lange's first day at work in The Best of Everything -- from the direction of the scenes to the content. Of course, as part of her journey now we see a slight update, i.e. more sex but overall, very similar.
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Now I am quietly waiting for
the catastrophe of my personality
to seem beautiful again,
and interesting, and modern.
The country is grey and
brown and white in trees,
snows and skies of laughter
always diminishing, less funny
not just darker, not just grey.
It may be the coldest day of
the year, what does he think of
that?I mean, what do I?And if I do,
perhaps I am myself again.