Thursday, September 3, 2015
Thursday Movie Picks!-Teachers
Every week there is a topic that you have to showcase 3 films that you have seen and talk about. They can be great films, films you love or hate but they must adhere to the topic. This week the topic is Teachers. This was created over at Wandering Through The Shelves and you can find the rest of the participants there. Who knows maybe you will want to join:)
So here is my list.....
1. The King and I-1956
You know, this was my Dad's favourite film! A man who worked in the lumber industry all his life and was a veteran of World War 2, loved this film! It's very loosely based on a true story where a teacher travels to, then Siam (now Thailand), to help teach the King's many wives and his many children, Western culture. Now can I say, I don't care a rat's ass about political correctness here because it is a beautifully photographed film with great performances and wonderful music. My dad's and my favourite scene is when the King introduces all his children to the teacher (played by Deborah Kerr). Yul Brynner reprized his Broadway role as the King and won an Oscar for this role. In fact, later in life he toured in it and I had the privilege of seeing him in this role in the early 1980's.
2. Teacher's Pet-1958
I enjoy this movie so much because it is light but quite funny. Doris Day is a teacher who asks old-fashioned reporter, Clark Gable to talk to her journalism class. He writes a nasty letter which she proceeds to cut up in her class room while he is present (at his boss's insistence). It showcases old vs new style of journalism with romance thrown in. Gig Young is hilarious as Day's boyfriend (love the drunk scene).
3. The Miracle Worker-1962
I was going back and forth between "Goodbye Mr. Chips" to "To Sir, With Love" and another film which I am saving for later but my mind kept coming back to this riveting film about Annie Sullivan who teaches Helen Keller sign language. Realizing how big Helen Keller became, it is hard to imagine that she was this wild child who didn't even eat from her own plate. Helen Keller would not be known today if it was not for the teaching of Annie Sullivan. Powerful performances keep you enthralled in this story.
So these are my three. There are newer films like "Good Will Hunting" and "October Sky" and one film, "Dead Poet's Society" I still have to see but I chose the three above.