Wednesday, August 22, 2012

That looks heavy. Here, let me help you...

...into the tent so you can serve the men their snacks.

Wow, initially I thought he was going to carry the tray in for her. Can't decide if he is being a jerk by guiding the tray in and holding open the 'door' or being progressive by letting her do her job on her own. It's up to the viewer to decide, but I think that personal interpretation has evolved since this film was made and how it is seen today is different than the original, probably not conscious, intent of the filmmaker. In the 1950s  holding the door open for a lady is just what polite, well-meaning men did.

 From The War of the Worlds (1953).

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