Don Quixote – all the optimism a teacher needs

In his blog post “La Mancha and the Heart of a Teacher” Pete Reilly draws a parallel between how Don Quixote, the famous ‘knight of woeful countenance’, sees Aldonza and how teachers (should) see their pupils:

I believe it is essential for teachers to have the heart of ‘Don Quixote’, the Man of La Mancha. Don [...]

Medienerziehung und Effis Schicksal

Deutschlehrer (ebenso wie die Lehrer anderer Sprachfächer) freuen sich grundsätzlich über Verfilmungen von Lehrplan-Klassikern, geben sie doch Illustrationsmaterial für den Unterricht in seiner attraktivsten Form: In der Vorführung von Ausschnitten aus Filmen, die selbstverständlich didaktisch begründet und methodisch vor- und nachbereitet sein will, kommt der Unterricht dem magischen Ort Kino am nächsten und wird nun [...]

Bloody hands and ironed shirts

This is what you get if you watch the DVD “Critical Guide to Macbeth and King Lear” – great stuff! There are good excerpts from a movie where the actors use lovely Scottish accents; unfortunately we aren’t provided with the actors’ names for the “Macbeth” half (no, it’s not the Polanski, nor the one with [...]

Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen. Does this name still ring a bell with young people today? Most of them will have heard one of the cover versions of “Hallelujah”. But have they heard of and listened to “Suzanne” … this international anthem of dreamy and somehow romantically-minded teenagers? I wonder. Look here for “Suzanne” on YouTube.
The poetic quality [...]

The dark side of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

In today’s New York Times, Wendell Jamieson writes about the classic Christmas movie, James Stewart and Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and emphasizes how it’s not mainly a sugary-sweet feelgood movie, but

a terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams, of seeing your father driven to the grave before his time, [...]

40 Inspirational Film Speeches in 2 Minutes

Are you feeling tired, exhausted, unable to cope with the demands of a harsh reality? Shrug it off, and get an energy boost through forty inspirational film speeches in two minutes ;)

via Open Culture – thank you!

Being Bond is good for you

The Chronicle Review has an entertaining article on why most men would like to be like James Bond:
James Bond as Archetype (and Incredibly Cool Dude) – The author, Michael Dirda, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author of the memoir An Open Book (W.W. Norton, 2003), for example.

In a nice allusion to a famous [...]

Bilderrätsel … (mit 5 Tipps – aufgelöst)

… für die Germanisten und/oder Filmfreunde unter den Lesern. Wer ist die junge Frau auf diesem Bild, und welche Rolle spielt sie hier? (-> Tipps stehen unter dem Bild)

1. Tipp: Der Film (wie auch die zugrundeliegende Novelle) spielt nicht in der Stadt.

2. Tipp: Tipp 1 kommt auch im Titel des Films (und der Novelle) vor.

3. [...]