Re: RARA-AVIS: Mad Men

From: Mary Reagan (
Date: 04 Aug 2007

I can definitely relate to your last sentence. I like the show, but it really bothers me to see the role of women in society back then. Can't imagine that sort of life.


On 8/4/07, Jeff Vorzimmer <> wrote:
> > Have any of you checked this show out yet? Great
> > pacing, moodiness, tension, detail,
> > intelligence--unlike, say, the gross-out, in your
> > face, cartoon noir of something like Sin CIty. A
> > scene in this week's episode--where a clearly
> > existentially troubled Draper, on an aborted mission
> > to pick up a birthday cake for his daughter's party in
> > progress, winds up at night, stopped at a railroad
> > crossing, a passing train reflected over his face in
> > the windshield--is one of the most chilling moments in
> > a TV show i can recall. This Mad is the shit!
> I caught the first three episodes. I think it's excellent. Has some real
> noir elements. I was also struck by the scene at the railroad crossing.
> Without so much as a word uttered about it by the character of Don Draper
> you know he's thinking about the old war buddy he met on the train at the
> beginning of the episode who referred to him by a completely different name.
> Though you don't know (yet) what it was all about.
> For the uninitiated on the list, Mad Men is a new series (apparently the
> biggest new show of the summer on any network) about guys in an ad agency on
> Mad(ison) Avenue in the early 60s. It's from the guy who produced The
> Sopranos. It's primarily about men coming to terms with changing
> times--having to accept women and minorities as equals, dealing with the
> reality that cigarettes cause cancer (the agency has the Lucky Strike
> account).
> The show has it's David Lynch-like moments where there are hints of darkness
> just below the surface in otherwise idyllic scenes of suburban houses with
> white picket fences. It attempts to show the time period as it really was,
> without romanticizing it by appealing to any kind of nostalgia. It's not a
> past that you want to return to.
> Jeff


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