Is it cheating to celebrate National Poetry Month by watching a movie about poetry? It depends on the movie. Here are ten classics about poets and poetry—from “Dead Poet’s Society” to “Il Postino.”
DEAD POETS SOCIETY
Now Playing: THE QUIET AMERICAN, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, and THE EXTERMINATING ANGELS plus more Sundance Channel premieres
Leading up to the holidays this year, we’ve got the gift of five fantastic films for you this week including three novel adaptations and three Sundance Channel premieres. It’s a Festivus miracle! Hey, at least we didn’t give you a pink bunny suit like your Aunt Clara always does. Sit back, relax, and celebrate the season with these films and a nice highball of your favorite hard spirit mixed with a thimble of eggnog – what, that’s not how your family drinks it?
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There have only been a handful of good films made about the special, untouchable – nay, rare and sacred union that sometimes forms between a teacher and his/her students. There was Robin Williams as Mr. Keating in Peter Weir’s 1989 DEAD POETS SOCIETY and Maggie Smith in THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE in 1969, but before both of those there was Sidney Poitier as Mr. Thackeray in TO SIR, WITH LOVE. This film actually came to mind when I was thinking about love-related films, what with Valentine’s Day around the corner. But while everyone else is losing their heads over Romantic love, let’s take a look at another kind of love – the platonic, born-of-respect, sometimes tough and often powerful love between students and their teacher.