|re: But no one producing this movie is *depending* on a "young filmgoer" audience|
|Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 10:29 am EDT 04/16/21|
|In reply to: But no one producing this movie is *depending* on a "young filmgoer" audience - Chazwaza 05:02 pm EDT 04/15/21|
|"They keep casting Gypsy with a 55-65 year old Rose. They cast Follies older and older to communicate "age", where they were written to be 50. But age isn't now what it was then, especially with actors, and 50 in 2021 isn't what 50 was in 1970."
Of course not -- but 75 is not, and never will be, equivalent to what 50 what. Or, rather, you'd have to go back many hundreds of years for it to be equivalent, at least in terms of life span.
"I don't think there's anything in the text of Sunset Boulevard that makes her being 60s/70s inconceivable or makes the plot and emotions not work. Perhaps some will say it makes it even more interesting."
There is much in the text and plot of the film and the show, as written, that makes a 75-year-old Norma inconceivable. In the film, and I believe in the show, Joe confronts Norma at one point by coming right out and stating that she's 50 years old, not a decrepit, elderly relic. As conceived, the tragedy of Norma is NOT that she's a superannuated, delusional woman lost in reverie over her past, but that she's still a vital, late middle-aged woman who has been marginalized by tremendous changes in the film industry. The original screenwriters COULD have written about a 75-years-old Norma, in which case the story and her relationship with Joe would probably have been quite different. But that's NOT what they wrote.
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