Oddball Cinema presents A Year of Shifting Realities: a series of films whose plots involve alterations in reality or the characters’ perception of reality.
■ Title — Pleasantville
■ Director — Gary Ross
■ Cast — Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen
■ ©1998 ■ Rated PG-13 ■ 2h 4min ■ Comedy Drama Fantasy ■
A couple of modern teenagers are magically transported to the “perfect” world of a 1950s television comedy. At first they’re treated to a series of fish-out-of-water misadventures, but as they adapt to their new environment, they realize that perfection has its drawbacks, and the story turns serious. The excellent performances by the entire cast are matched by the technical wizardry: to achieve the ever-changing look of the title town and its residents, this production set the record for the most-digital effects shots of any film until “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace” was released.