Therefore, the time period, as portrayed by Hollywood, is becoming more the textbook version.Films about The Fifties today tend more to deal with the political issues of that era (civil rights, Mc Carthyism, etc.) and less with its teen culture.(Whenever you hear of someone described as having "Fifties values," it usually isn't intended to be a compliment.) But those who wish to Flanderize an entire decade should know that the 1950s were actually marked by great strides forward in social progress, sexual and otherwise, even if they still existed mostly on the theoretical level.And in any case, they were a lot less repressed than the eras that preceded them.Roughly speaking, the political decade of fifties began with the start of The Korean War in 1950 and ended with the escalation of The Vietnam War in the early '60s.Culturally speaking, it started with the start of in 1960, or arguably with the death of John F. In many ways it is one of the longest cultural "decades" since it covers the whole period between V-J Day to the Kennedy assassination (1945-63).
We learn that all the teenagers back then liked to hang out at the local Malt Shop, where a jukebox played Nothing but Hits.
Shifts in this period include 1955-57 as TV ownership reached a tipping point, tailfin cars got REALLY wild, women's skirts got shorter in reaction against the neo-Victorian "New Look" that had started in the late '40s, Rock & Roll started getting serious radio play and the first wave of Baby Boomers reached Junior High.
Another shift was the October 1957 launch of Sputnik which launched the Space Race, the point where the decade's futurism and science-fiction dreams went into government policy.
The Nostalgic Fifties are now starting to die out, replaced by other decades as there are becoming fewer and fewer writers in Hollywood who remember the Fifties...
and many of these writers are the of those former "rebellious teens", and take a somewhat more jaundiced view of their parents' upbringing.