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33 Days: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being Ordinary People™

January 31, 2011

1979's Kramer vs. Kramer

1979’s Best Picture – Kramer vs. Kramer and Ordinary People (Best Picture the following year) signaled the end of the domination of those The Unbearable Whiteness of Being Ordinary People™ movies as forgone Oscar winners. Oh sure, their marriages, divorces, affairs and reversals of fortunates still require complex treatment on screen – I see you, Rabbit Hole – but gone are the days when these explorations were considered an event. Nowadays these portrayals of whiteness on the skids are relegated to Lifetime or the Hallmark channel. But there was a time when they once reigned supreme.

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  1. February 1, 2011 6:13 pm

    I think Kramer vs Kramer was much more that the angst of Whiteness on the skids. I think that it completely symbolized its times. Gone was the pretense of Ozzie and Harriet and into a world in which women demanded more out of like than being the little woman who cared for the child while the husband went off to work. It also was ahead of its time in the sense that it showed Dustin Hoffman being a caring and doting dad beyond giving the lecture to the children after returning home from work. He had to engage because he had not choice but to much as hopefully today’s dads are doing. I know people like Phylis Shafly used the movie to make a commentary on the ways in which feminism was ruining the nation in her mind but I think it gave us a glimpse of what was to come.

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