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For the defeated nations of World War II, the 1950s were a time of chaotic struggle, but for the victors, it was a time of stability, growing affluence and general cheerfulness (at least on the surface). Suited dads went to work and returned home for dinner, while moms stayed at home and could be relied upon to greet the kids with a snack and a smile when they got home from school.

Sounds nice, doesn’t it? A window on this idyllic lifestyle can be seen in “Le Petit Nicolas” (released in Japan and elsewhere as “Little Nicolas”), based on the famed book series of the same name that was first published in France in 1959.

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