Cinema Paradiso

“No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight of the soul.” – Ingrid Bergman

How I agree with the quote when every time I see a good movie only to get swayed away to a different sphere. There have been many movies which have infringed on my educational bent of mind. So massive has been the impact that I have many a times mentally replaced myself with John Keating just for the heck of it.

This post will be dedicated to the movie that has influenced my opinions on teaching and learning to quite an extent. From time to time, I might create more such posts to update you about the wonderful universe that cinema is and how far can it influence an individual’s view on education. So here I go –

Dead Poets Society

Starring  Robin Williams as the non-conformist professor John Keating, this movie discusses about the life of pressurized students at the prestigious Welton Academy, the mission of which is – tradition, honor, discipline and excellence. Prof John with his extremely unorthodox method of teaching is a surprising breath of fresh air. I still laugh heartily at the page ripping scene.

Another endearing highlight of the movie is the use of Walt Whitman’sO Captain! My Captain‘ by professor Keating to encourage students to challenge the norms.

Albeit the movie ends with a sad note, I can never forget the whole essence of it. The way a teacher can mold the clay that a student’s mind is, is strongly depicted through this movie.


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