Mad Men Count Down

Madison AvenueOnly a few more days and perhaps we will know something of the future of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and the cast of characters linked to the fledgling ad agency formed in the last episode of Mad Men, Season Three. No question where I and many others will be this Sunday evening at 9 PM. But whether you’re waiting on your hold for Season One, Two, or Three, or you’re one of the first Maddicts from the Summer 2007 premiere of this Emmy-winning AMC drama, you might enjoy slipping into the aura of the era with these late ‘50s—early ‘60s movies with a Manhattan setting. How well do these movies tell the real story of Madison Avenue? Of New York? Or of America 50 years ago?  

 

The Best of Everything (1959) – women working at a publishing house struggle to balance love, career, security and identity in this treatment of Rona Jaffe’s best-seller

The Apartment (1960) – Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine star in Billy Wilder’s comedy with a deeper message about workplace relationships and conflicts

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – classic Audrey Hepburn from the Truman Capote novella, offbeat and very, very stylish

West Side Story (1961) – unforgettable Romeo and Juliet story of Puerto Rican immigrants retold musically by composer Leonard Bernstein, starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) -- based on Sloan Wilson's novel of a World War II veteran who struggles to readjust to suburban family life and find meaning in his work

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