Gidget Movie Analysis

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In the post World War II era, America experienced an escalation in the economy of the middle-class dwellers. Owing to the fact that the country pulled through the war unscathed and well fortified, restored American confidence in capitalism. Thus South California – the center of surf culture, after the onset of the Cold War had developed an aerospace industry. With that, the promise of a leisurely way of life, with respect to surfing to the veterans etc. helped improve surf culture by means of technological advancements; fiber-glassed shell surfboards, wetsuit enhancements and wave forecasting, also paving way for the youth culture to take it for themselves for leisure. From the novel published in 1957, the Gidget franchise contributed to the…show more content…
As a figure of freedom and redemption from the demands of work and family, the movie served to market surfing as a lifestyle choice – favoring a hedonistic nature of surfing for teenagers. Popular surf culture promoted the exhilarating aspect that was placed squarely in the laps of South Californian adolescents, routing to their ‘feel-good’ factor as a religious experience founded with tremendous pleasure. Based on the real story of his daughter, Kathy Kohner, author Fredrick Kohner was fascinated by his teenage daughter’s stories about life on Malibu beach and most importantly, the maneuver of surfing paradise. In the movie, Francine Lawrence aka Gidget projected numerous positive attitudes towards the sport, saying, “you can’t imagine the thrill of shooting the curl. It positively surpasses every living emotion [she] ever had” while regaling her experience to her parents goes to show the reason of the fun-in-the-sun feeling from actively catching waves. Her character in the…show more content…
As a spectacle of sheer pleasure, the Gidget sphere spawned numerous materials of surfing in pop culture, that was embedded as an ideal image of how one desires to live, also grounding surfing as a responsible sport to manifest how wholesome and productive surfers were. Women’s surfing, though solely the fashion had changed that spiked economic industry till the late 20th century, still slid an increase of new generation female surfers into the
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