Tag Archives: American Provincialism

The Odd Charm of Simple Uninformed Honesty

Maybe it started with Brigitte Bardot in 1956 and that film And God Created Woman. Bardot was really something. Or maybe it started a few years earlier with Leslie Caron in An American in Paris – as she was something … Continue reading

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Make Mine a Cosmopolitan

Those of us out here who grew up in the fifties in Pittsburgh seldom think of going back – we all left for a reason. The world was elsewhere. One of the actors out here, who grew up in Pittsburg, … Continue reading

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Cracks in the Armor

Americans don’t get around much. Sure, Johnny Cash sang I’ve Been Everywhere, Man – not a bad patter song, if you can imagine Gilbert and Sullivan going Country – but in that song everywhere was, save for two Canadian cities, … Continue reading

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