Everything Gets Boring

Grappling with Sex Revolution Disappointment in Deep End

On Diabolique Magazine

There’s a song by Peggy Lee called “Is That All There Is,” in which she wearily reflects on the mundane reality of most of the emotions and events humans consider milestones. Tragedy, love, loss, entertainment, and ultimately death. In every case, upon enduring and coming out the other side, she shrugs and simply wonders, “Is that all there is?” Her realization, the idea that the most important events of our lives often turn out rather mundane when you step back and think about it, would make a perfect theme song for Deep End (1970, Jerzy Skolimowski), a film in which the promise of cultural and personal revolution turns out to deliver a rather drab reality.

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