April 15th, 2006

Dead Poet’s Society

As I work my around to this time zone, I watched Dead Poet’s Society today, not having seen it since 1989.  It’s almost like seeing it for the 1st time after all these years.  Superb movie and some gr8 messaging about living life fully and going for it.  I reckon so many times I see folks “living lives of quiet desperation”, including myself.  Even though it is Hollywood and all that garbage, I like the message and how it left me feeling inspired.  O Captain my Captain! 🙂

5 Responses to “Dead Poet’s Society”

  1. Mary says:

    The teacher here is exceptional – inspirational, energetic, creative and, above all, caring.

  2. Slip says:

    Did you know DPS was written by a high school student?

    Everyone loves a good inspirational Teacher movie. Perhaps because people had one or wish they had.

    Here are some others:
    To Sir with Love
    Lean on Me
    Stand and Deliver
    Mr. Holland’s Opus
    Up the down stair case
    Man without a Face
    Blackboard Jungle
    The Emperor’s Club
    even Teachers was pretty good

    However, some teachers usually dislike some of these movies. Teaching is always much much harder than it is portrayed in the movies.

  3. Jenjenjen says:

    Tom Schulman wrote “Dead Poets Society.” Sold the screenplay in 1988…The film was made in 1989. Schulman was born in 1951….
    Pretty old high schooler…..
    check out the quote below from an interview with Schulman:

    What inspired you to write Dead Poets Society? It is just such a great film.

    I was in that place, The Actor’s and Director’s Lab, I had a great teacher there, and we would bring this teacher in every six weeks or so to review the work. This man was an amazing teacher. After every class all of us would go out and say we have got to do something relating to this class, and we were very excited and we wanted to change the world.

    I started thinking about writing a script about an acting class, the teacher, and the influence of that teacher on his students. But after awhile it seemed like all the students were the same characters, so I started thinking back and I remembered a teacher I had when I was a sophomore in high school, an English teacher, who was also a very inspiring teacher. So, I sat [the situation] there and the character, the boy who wants to be the actor, was the only vestige of that first script. I think I found that the English teacher was a better mouthpiece and he could say more interesting things than an acting teacher.

    http://www.creativescreenwriting.com/spw/tschulman3.cfm

  4. sean says:

    Thanks JenJenJen. Teachers like you inspire me as well.

  5. Liz says:

    Before I began staying home with my boys, I would watch Lean On Me every year before school started. As a teacher, that is my absolute favorite movie. I’d get so excited about starting another year filled with so my goals, opportunities and possibilities. I find that flick very inspiring.

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