Thirteen Films

By Mavarine

 

Also see blog posting: Film Study – Student & Tutor Dynamics for an introduction. 

Watching and Learning…is part of the lesson 

 

TV WEBLINK: TEACHER’S PET [1958]

Starring: Doris Day and Clark Gable

Synopsis: A journalist refuses to give a lecture at an evening class for journalism as he strongly believes that the art of writing is innate, and cannot be taught. His attitude changes, however, when he sets eyes on the teacher.

 

TV WEBLINK: EDUCATING RITA [1983]

Starring: Michael Caine and Julie Walters

Synopsis: Endearingly bittersweet tale of a boozily burnt-out professor’s tutoring of (and subsequent tutoring by) a free-spirited hairdresser determined to improve her lot in life. 

 

TV WEBLINK: BORN YESTERDAY [1950]

Starring: Judy Holliday and William Holden

Synopsis: Judy Holliday plays Billie, the quintessential dumb blonde who finally gets herself some smarts. And William Holden the actor, plays the cynical journalist hired to polish Holliday up for Washington society and Broderick Crawford as Harry Brock, her rough, crooked and ambitious boyfriend.

 

TV WEBLINK: NORTH AND SOUTH [2005]

Starring: Daniela Denby-Ashe and Richard Armitage

Synopsis: John Thornton, the mill owner is taught about the classics by the vicar, Mr Hale, even though Margaret Hale, his daughter and a southerner, has newly moved to the industrial town of Milton. When the workers of a cotton mill strike, Margaret immediately takes their side, already displaying a strong dislike for the mill’s owner, John Thornton. As the conflict between Margaret and Thornton intensifies, however, Margaret finds herself doing the unspeakable…falling in love. 

 

TV WEBLINK: 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD [1986]

Starring: Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins

Synopsis: Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) and Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins) are lifelong friends who never meet in 84 Charing Cross Road. He owns the English bookstore, and Bancroft’s character mails him a request for a book. Correspondence and a relationship begins. Contently and confidently married, Hopkins responds as an older brother might, and the two grow to cherish each other despite the distance.

 

TV WEBLINK: THE PAPER CHASE [1973]

Starring: John Houseman and Timothy Bottoms

Synopsis: Expecting only the basic pressures of attending Harvard Law School, a serious, hard-working student finds himself the fearful adversary of the schools most imperious, sarcastic professor. Their relationship grows even more complex when the boy discovers that the girl he’s in love with is the professor’s daughter.

 

TV WEBLINK: THE DA VINCI CODE [2006]

Starring: Audrey Tautou and Tom Hanks

Synopsis: While lecturing in Paris, noted Harvard Professor of Symbology, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is summoned to the Louvre by French police to help decipher a bizarre series of clues, left at the scene of the murder of the chief curator, Jacques Sauniere. Enter Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), gifted cryptologist and Sauniere’s grand-daughter.

 

 TV WEBLINK: DIRTY DANCING [1987]

Starring: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey

Synopsis: It’s the summer of 1963. Frances aka ‘Baby’, is seventeen and innocent from a middle-class background, and on holiday with her parents in the Catskills mountain resort. She meets Johnny, the hotel dance instructor in the traditional step techniques, and is mesmerised by him and his dance style. She soon becomes Johnny’s prize pupil, in dance and in love. And where did the working-class learn to dirty dance this way? In the basements back home. ahem

 

TV WEBLINK: COPENHAGEN [2002]

Starring: Daniel Craig, Stephen Rea and Francessa Annis

Synopsis: Based on three characters turning and talking to each other in a room. The explanation of the physics has an interesting epistemological bent, given that the direction and nature of time is both discussed as a physical problem and a historical one. With regards to this film,  it manages to capture exactly what it is to be an intellectual. 

 

TV WEBLINK:  ANNE OF GREEN GABLES – The Sequel [1988]

Starring: Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie

Synopsis: Five years after coming to Green Gables, Anne is about to start teaching at her old school, set on inspiring youthful minds and hearts with ideals and ambitions. But some of her pupils only respond to very different methods. In Anne of Avonlea we catch up with Anne.  Anne is delightful in her ideals and her everlasting optimism, but even Anne can have her bad days (or “Judas” days) and there are a few laugh-out-loud moments where Anne just can’t help but get it all wrong! Meanwhile the young orphan Davy and the ‘Avonlea Improvement Society’ bring their own headaches for a harum-scarum, outspoken girl trying to grow up.

 

TV WEBLINK: THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES [1996]

Starring: Barbara Streisand, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, George Segal, Mimi Rogers, Brenda Vaccaro and Lauren Bacall.

Synopsis: Rose Morgan (Streisand), is a shy, plain, middle-aged English literature professor at Columbia University, Rose begins to feel her loveless life is empty. Then there’s Gregory Larkin (Bridges), a Columbia Mathematics teacher who feels sex complicates matters between men and women, is looking for a relationship based on the intellectual rather than the physical. When he overhears Rose’s lecture about chaste love in literature, he becomes intrigued and asks her out, and is impressed by her wit and knowledge. The Twin Prime Conjecture!!

And if you like maths, these movies are also for you: MATHEMATICS IN MOVIES 

 

TV WEBLINK: STAND AND DELIVER [1988]

Starring:  Edward Olmos, Lou Philips, Rosanna DeSoto and Andy Garcia 

Synopsis: Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country’s top algebra and calculus students.

 

 

TV WEBLINK: LE DÎNER DE CONS [1998]

Starring: Thierry Lhermitte and Jacques Villerret

Synopsis:  It is good to know what makes people tick, as in watching and learning as well as being studious, and this lesson starts in the classroom, which comes in useful in the office environment and translates into the rest of one’s life too. You need your wits about you at all times!

For the Dinner Game is about a meal that happens every Wednesday night with a few guys.  There is a game coupled with the meal: each one of them has to bring an “idiot”. The game consists in making the idiots talk about their ideas and passions (the male intellectuals vs the wealthy males) so that the hosts can have a good laugh.  At the end they will choose the “idiot of the evening”. One of the hosts has invited his idiot home first, so that he can be studied first, and then go to the dinner together, but unfortunately he gets a severe pain in his back due to an accident that day and can’t go to the “meal of idiots”.  Even worse is the fact that the idiot tries to help him all the time, and naturally does everything wrong and aggravates every situation.

 

Theories, Formulas, and Models make for interesting plans….when practiced their insightful.


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