<I'd like to read some thoughts on what people liked about The Ice Storm generally. The reason for the 1973 setting seems unclear to me -- other than to provide a different backdrop for a fairly familiar story of alientation and familial dysfunction. Political issues of the time seem to have been collapsed into decorative but fairly meaningless props and sound bites. It's not that I didn't enjoy _watching_ the movie, but I'd like to know what other people found particularly insightful about it. Megan> The film shows that major events were taking place in the USA, yet adults in one of the most affluent communities had become so hedonistic that they were neglecting their families as well as the political crisis. One child was interested in Watergate but could not get anyone else interested. Alienation, in short, was the response to Watergate, according to Ang Lee. However, my experience with New Canaan snobs is that they are too affluent to be concerned about politics, as politics is not of much interest to them compared to Wall Street, a point that Ang Lee may or may not have realized. If Ang Lee is trying to date the decline of political idealism and morals from Watergate, the timing is off. The war in Vietnam did that. Michael Haas ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.