The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

DVD - 2005
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A study of the generation that lived through the depression, fought in WW2, and believed that success could be measured through material accumulation.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2005]
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Man 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 152 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container +,1 booklet. --


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An ur-document of postwar U.S. culture and its promise for a rational civilization, THE MAN IN A GRAY FLANNEL SUIT shows how truly far we have fallen in the last 60 years. This film is necessary viewing for anyone who, like me, plowed through all seven seasons of MAD MEN. MAD MEN's creator Matthew Weiner obviously used GRAY FLANNEL as a jumping off point. What struck me, besides the beautiful sets and deep colors, is the strength and rationality and confidence of our culture coming out World War Two. We were winners. Yes, we might be struggling with mental illness, PTSD, financial insecurity, vicious coworkers, shrew-like spouses, children hypnotized by television but we were rational and we had the ability to think through and solve our problems. Lee J. Cobb as the judge in Gregory Peck's small Connecticut town is amazing, as is Frederic March as the corporate captain of a giant broadcaster. Peck is at his zenith. Jennifer Jones is cloying but she is supposed to be. Watch this film if only to see for yourself that another world is possible (sadly, it is six decades in the past). My only warning: it is two-and-a-half hours long!

C20T11 May 17, 2016


Nov 25, 2012

too many plot lines unravel in this otherwise well produced film, the acting is throughout superb, the cinematography remarkable, the story too episodic and convoluted


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Mar 18, 2012

A New York executive defies convention and decides his family is more important than his career in this post-war melodrama.
Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Fredric March, Marisa Pavan, Lee J. Cobb, Ann Harding, Keenan Wynn, Gene Lockhart

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