Film Theory: Middle-Brow Ideology, Sensibility (Friendly Persuasion, Places in the Heart)

Oct 16, 2022

The notion of making films that will appeal to and please the largest possible audiences, and will offend no one.

Razor’s Edge (1946): high-faluting work, about the search of meaning and significance.

Friendly Persuasion (1956): a film about homespun, of tasteful pathos, often nostalgic for the uncomplicated past.

Places in the Heart (1984): a work of encrusted gentility, smooth meticulousness, humanity

Kael: Robert Benton’s gentle presentation muffles the town’s rough edges. His craftsmanship is like an armor built u around his refusal to outrage or offend anyone,