American Pastoral

American Pastoral

DVD - 2017
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Seymour 'Swede' Levov, a once-legendary high school athlete, is a successful businessman married to an ex-beauty queen, Dawn. When Swede and Dawn's daughter disappears after being accused of a violent crime, Swede's perfect life is broken forever and he is left to make sense out of the chaos.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, California] : Lionsgate, [2017]
Branch Call Number: AMERICAN PASTORAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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voisjoe1_0
Aug 12, 2017

While the name of the radical group that was at the center of the story was not mentioned, I suspect that it may be the Weather Underground or The Black Liberation Army. Upon that premise, I gave the film a better rating than most critics as I lived in the mid-west city that had some of the most famous people from the Weather Underground, so I understand that part of the anti-war anti-racism movement. I felt that these two rather violent groups made it more dangerous for peaceful groups to co-exist. Even today, people often incorrectly characterize groups that merely were participating in democracy as being violent.

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dklivesey
Jul 25, 2017

Ugh. This movie was hard to watch mainly due to its stereotypical, one dimensional portrayal of women, as either unhinged, cold, saints or whores. There is also a nonsensical sex scene, which appears, most likely, for the male viewing audience.

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hammer59
Mar 20, 2017

The writer Philip Roth won a Pulitzer for the novel this film is based upon. It is darkly interesting and unique, and well worth a watch....but not nearly as original or brilliant as "The Human Stain" which Roth also wrote.

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