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Splendor in the Grass Splendor in the Grass is a remarkable film written by playwright William Ingle and directed by the infamous Elia Kazan Dirks 5 The film embraces daring controversial topics of the time - sexual repression and neurosis The public received the film with applause and concern Ingle was nominated for best original screenplay on one hand yet on another issues found within the context of the film were of a disturbing nature for the time period The film is set in a rural southeast Kansas town in the 1920s and 30s at the start of the depression It is also the setting for an intense first love between Deanie Natalie Wood and Bud Warren Beatty and the devastating consequences to repressed sexuality constricted by society However with all the reprimands the film received a rather unnoticed component of the film is quite disconcerting The element of male superiority Bud Youre nuts about me arent you Youre nuts about me Deanie No Bud Bud He pushes her down to her knees in front of him At my feet slave Deanie Bud dont Bud youre hurting me Bud Tell me you cant live without me Say it Deanie I do love you Bud And you cant live without meAnd youd do anything Id ever ask you anything Deanie I didnt mean to hurt you She lies on the floor curled up protectively Deanie I was just kidding I thought you knew that Deanie I cant kid about these things Because I am nuts about you and I would go down on my knees to worship you if you really wanted me to Bud I cant get along without you Dirk 8 This scene occurs when Deanie denies Bud all intimacies except for kissing and he becomes sexually frustrated This passage from the script shows just how domineering and oppressing Bud is to women - even the woman he claims to love unconditionally
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