In but not of the culture

By Rick McGinnis. “Social conservatives are often accused of wanting to turn back the clock, but as much as we might enjoy a film like Meet Me In St. Louis, we know with utter certainty that it couldn’t be made today. (It probably couldn’t have been made 10 years later, and a hideously winsome 1966 TV pilot based on the movie, included with the Blu-ray release, is proof that it was impossible just over 20 years later.) It can be argued that we’ve become more sophisticated (doubtful) or more steeped in irony (likely) or that we’ve simply lost the skills needed to create a confection as light but affecting as Meet Me In St. Louis (probable).”