Sex & the City 2, real world, soap with thin hope.

4 Jun

Freshly Pressed today includes:

Sex And The City, which I would be happy to watch if I were paid £100 per minute, was a TV situation comedy, set in New York City, about spoilt rich American ladies, obsessed with fighting the years, and achieving orgasm.

Apparently, it was made into a movie, and a follow-up movie is now out. The action seems to have been re-located to one of certain isolated pockets of wealth that flourish for the moment, let us say, twixt Africa and India. Did this work? One defender says:

Except for documentaries, movies have always been about escapism. In the darkest days of the 1930′s depression, Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers films, for example, flourished. They all took place in luxurious locations with glamorous fashions, champagne toasts . . and people flocked to see them. Lighten up!

To which comes the reply:

…the characters that Fred and Ginger portrayed were not only representative of an economic aspiration but also of a social ideal. They were (for want of a better word) genteel (if only on screen), the type of people you could look up to and want to emulate. The SATC crowd are for the most part portrayed as narcissistic, self-indulgent brats – which is a tragedy because a little more thought to the idea would give it a dimension that might add some longevity to it.

Soon, the whole SATC concept will be visibly dated and consigned to the trash – unlike Fred and Ginger who will probably dance the night away for years (if not generations) to come…

My point would be that the ordinary working class people in the 1930s accepted without question that they had a station. In USA, they defined it in terms of “anyone can make it” followed up by a guilt-free determination to enjoy it if they ever got it.

In UK, we were still only half way from the rigid class sytem that saw 6 million domestic servants before 1914, and still 2 million after 1918. On both sides of the Atlantic, the motor industry, amongst other technologies, had been perfected, enabling economic giant stepping.

And in USA, alcohol prohibition enriched low-life thugs into becoming the new aristocracy.

After 1945, the Yanks immediately began enjoying the boom in consumerism made possible by even more new, or upgraded, technologies, spun off from war. It was giant leaping time.

After 1945, we working-class Brits had to wait for affluence. It took years of rationing and re-payment of the Yanks. But we had the Welfare State so we felt less and less intimidated by toffs. The younger generation no longer “knew their place”.

By 1957 we had full employment and money to spend on frivolous things, in the same spirit as the rich, even though on a somewhat less extravagent level.

Now, the Anglo-Saxon world, Pan-Anglia, whatever, is slowly trending down the prosperity chart. It is increasingly coming to occupy a humiliating lower-class status amongst modern nations.

The natural number one, China, still has more to learn before she is way ahead as USA used to be. But I do not believe that China (ruthless and pragmatic) can be stopped by subversive phenomena such as Separatism and Corruption.

I will continue to shun the many sit-coms and soaps showing on the many satellite TV channels here in UK, let alone any movie versions!


2 Responses to “Sex & the City 2, real world, soap with thin hope.”

  1. Vincent June 4, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    One of your best-ever pieces! Nothing to add.

  2. Vincent September 5, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    I have little to say about ALL of the above, since I AGREE with it whole-heartedly. But I would like to add an example of Britain emulating Hollywood in that far-off Art Deco period. It’s another of my clips, I’m afraid… – STYLE! Lasts forever.

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