Mad Men's Biggest Movie Inspirations Make The Show Even Better

Mad Men is influenced by a number of classic movies, which add further layers to the show and improve it in the process. Cinema plays a large part in the life of advertising executive and creative director, Donald Draper (Jon Hamm). He is regularly seen to spend days in movie theaters, watching the latest releases in an attempt to keep his own work relevant to the times. There are numerous movie references across all seven seasons of Mad Men, such as when Don and his wife Megan find the movie Rosemary's Baby disturbing. Their horror is lent added thematic weight by the fact its set in an apartment complex across the street from their own. Not only that, but aspiring movie star Megan becomes an analog for Sharon Tate, the murdered wife of Rosemary's Baby director Roman Polanski.



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