In about a months time it is back to school which still makes me have a sinking feeling because I hated school. Never mind the brutal bullying I dealt with for years but that I had a hard time in math, science (I really sucked in science) and French. At least I got B's in English and Phys-Ed(believe it or not). I am pretty certain I have some learning issue which I don’t mean in a derogatory way, I'm just realistic. I think each person learns in a different way but the problem is how to teach kids in all these different ways..practically impossible but please feel free to disagree and tell me why. So, I feel bad for the kids having to go back this September with COVID19 all around, they are dealing with a lot more, never mind the teachers who have other miseries to contend with this year. Wandering Through The Shelves chose school and we all know there are many films that take place in or at school. so, without further adieu, here are my 3...
1. GOODBYE MR. CHIPS-1939
This is a very quiet film that holds your attention because it is romantic, not just the romance the young Mr. Chips has with a young lady that becomes his wife and not only because of the boarding school students he teaches but in how this school teacher views the world and the young men he teaches. He uses a calm but firm hand and has his door always open to help the kids meet their future. Robert Donat, a forgotten star who died too young, from asthma (some say a stroke) at 53, plays this teacher to perfection and nabbed the Oscar away from Clark Gable(playing Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind). It is a school professor I wish I had.
2. LADY IN WHITE-1988
I saw this movie in the theatre and rented it soon after and have not seen it since and I want to own it. It is considered a horror film but I consider it a thriller with some ghosts thrown in for good measure. In 1962, this young kid is thrown into the closet by a couple of bullies, after school and leave. The young lad falls asleep only to wake seeing a young girl, also in the closet, who is scared and disappears. The boy sees a figure open up a grate and tries to retrieve something but notices the lad and the evil man opens the closet and almost chokes him to death. The lad wakes up in the hospital, having been found by his janitor dad and you soon find out there is a serial killer afoot who killed many young children over the years. Once better, the boy goes back to school and opens up the grate finding little "souvenirs" including a class ring. I am not going to give anything more away but it is a great ghost story and thriller rolled into one from the eyes of a child. I think it is a must see.
3. SIMON BIRCH-1998
This film starts with Jim Carrey standing over the grave of Simon Birch before you go back in time to when he was a kid and friends with Simon Birch, a dwarf who is picked on in school. The kids are actually best friends and The boy's mom, played by Ashley Judd, welcomes Simon Birch with open arms when many others are scared of him because of his deformity. Simon believes he is placed on earth for a special reason and his best friend just humours him. The young kid wants to know whom his dad is but his mom refuses to tell so they both try to figure it out. This film is quite funny but also very sad and hopeful all at once. This is another film that I think is excellent even though it didn't get much love when it came out.
Now which 3 would you choose?