Wonderland (1997)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Social History  |   Release Date - Jan 21, 1997 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A hilarious documentary about the planned community of Levittown, New York. O'Hagan conducts interviews with longtime and one time Levittown residents (like rock singer Eddie Money and Zippy the Pinhead cartoonist Bill Griffith), in an effort to explain how architects and developers took the idea of a suburban paradise to extremes. The community's elderly residents recall a time when beneath the bland surface of Levittown, its houses equipped with all mod cons, behaviors like wife swapping were commonplace. One mid-life Levittown "survivor" spends most of his days on a shrink's couch, as he attempts to unravel the mystery of life after Levittown. It's well-crafted, poignant poke at suburban planning and how ironically, it was meant to make life a little easier.

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community, housing, suburbs, town