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The Absent Minded Professor(1967)
Director Robert Stevenson. Cast: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk. A college professor accidently invents flying rubber, or "Flubber", an anti-gravity substance and equips his Model T and his college's basketball player's shoes with it. He tries to convince the Pentagon of its value but has problems with a local crook who wants to profit from the idea. Based on a story by Samuel W. Taylor. 96 min. DVD X2756
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Accident (UK, 1967)
Directed by Joseph Losey. Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Jacqueline Sassard, Michael York, Vivien Merchant, Delphine Seyrig, Alexander Knox. When an accident kills one of his students, an Oxford professor recounts the circumstances of their meetings. But as these turbulent memories unfold, they reveal a series of shocking relationships betrayed by adultery, obsession and self-destruction in which nothing is what it seems and everything has its cost. Based on the novel Accident by Nicholas Mosley. 105 min. DVD 5796
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

The Adolescent (TV, 1954)
Directed by Roy Kellino. Cast: Ida Lupino, Robert Arthur, Hugh Sanders, Hugh Beaumont, Lewis Martin. A prep school disciplinary board member, Celia, (Ida Lupino) comes across many obstacles and threats as she seeks to uncover a troubled student's dark secret. 30 min. DVD X2330
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Art School Confidential(2006)
Directed by Terry Zwigoff. Cast: Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Matt Keeslar, Ethan Suplee, Joel David Moore, Anjelica Huston, Adam Scott, Marshall Bell, Jack Ong. Jerome goes to art school in the hopes of having his genuine ability recognized. Instead he finds that his teachers are self-obsessed has-beens and his peers are jaded and floundering. To make matters worse, Jerome finds himself being investigated for a series of gruesome stranglings. He becomes obsessed with a lovely student named Audrey, but she is more interested in the hunky Jonah, whose crude yet acclaimed paintings of cars and tanks disgust Jerome. 102 min. DVD 6468
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Autumn Marathon (Osennii marafon) (Soviet Union, 1979)
Director, Georgi Daneliya. Cast: Oleg Basilashvili, Natalia Gundareva, Marina Neëlova, Evgenii Leonov, Norbert Kukhinke, Nikolai Kriuchkov, Galina Volchek. A mild-mannered college professor finds his life made difficult by hounding students, a nagging wife, a demanding mistress, and a neighbor who insists the professor jog with him each morning at dawn. 94 min. DVD X4825
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Ball of Fire (1941)
Directed by Howard Hawks. From an original story by Billy Wilder and Thomas Monroe. Cast: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oscar Homolka, Dana Andrews, Dan Duryea, Henry Travers, S.Z. Sakall, Tully Marshall, Allen Jenkins. When a serious-minded professor and his high brow colleagues begin work on a new encyclopedia, the professor enlists the aid of a beautiful but shady night club queen to explain slang, unaware that she is on the run from the mob. 112 min. DVD X5747; vhs 999:3279
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Howard Hawks bibliography

Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Directed by Richard Brooks. Cast: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Margaret Hayes, Sidney Poitier, Vic Morrow. Film about life in an inner city high school in the 50's that was the first to utilize a rock 'n' roll soundtrack. A dedicated young teacher soon loses his idealism when he has to deal with the tensions that threaten to destroy his classroom. DVD 3821; vhs 999:973
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Blackboards (Takhte siah) (Iran, 2000)
Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. Follows a group of teachers who, after a bombing in Iranian Kurdistan, wander from one city to the next in search of students they can teach. Along the way they encounter many people of various ages and walks of life in an against-all-odds effort to help and share knowledge with anyone who is willing to learn. 85 min. DVD 3386; vhs 999:3296
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

Comb, R. "Blackboards." Film Comment v. 38 no. 5 (September/October 2002) p. 74, 76 UC users only
Danks, Adrian. "The House that Mohsen Built: The Films of Samira Makhmalbaf and Marzieh Meshinki." Senses of Cinema, vol. 22, pp. (no pagination), September 2002
Dan Georgakas. "Blackboards" Cineaste. Spring 2003. Vol. 28, Iss. 2; p. 64 UC users only
Mulvey, Laura. "Gimme shelter." Sight and Sound 11.1 (Jan 2001): 26(3)
Romney, Jonathan. "Blackboards." Sight and Sound 11.1 (Jan 2001): 41(2).
Whatley, Sheri. "Iranian Women Film Directors: A Clever Activism." Off Our Backs; Mar/Apr2003, Vol. 33 Issue 3/4, p30, 3p UC users only

The Browning Version(UK, 1951)
Directed by Anthony Asquith. Cast: Michael Redgrave, Jean Kent, Nigel Patrick, Ronald Howard, Brian Smith, Wilfred Hyde White. Andrew Crocker-Harris, an embittered, middle-aged schoolmaster ... begins to feel that his life has been a failure. Diminished by poor health, a crumbling marriage, and the derision of his pupils, the once brilliant scholar is compelled to reexamine his life when a young student offers an unexpected gesture of kindness. ... a classic of British realism. Based on the play by Terence Rattigan. 89 min. DVD X2334
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Butley(UK, 1951)
Directed by Harold Pinter. Cast: Alan Bates, Jessica Tandy, Michael Byrne, Georgina Hale, Susan Engel, Richard O'Callaghan. Butley, a professor at a London University, finds out that his wife wants a divorce, his boyfriend is leaving him and his untalented colleague is getting a book published all in one day. Based on the play by Simon Gray. 104 min. DVD 1585
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Butterfly (Butterfly Tongues)(Lengua de las mariposas) (Spain, 1999)
Directed by José Luis Cuerda. Cast: Fernando Fernan-Gomez, Manuel Lozano, Uxia Blanco, Gonzalo Uriarte. A shy young boy is brought out of his cocoon by a wise teacher who shows him the wonder of the natural world around him, amidst the growing tensions and chaos of the Spanish Civil War in Galicia. 94 min. DVD 1418 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Children of a Lesser God (1986)
Directed by Randa Haines. Cast: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco. A love story about John Leeds, an idealistic special education teacher, and a headstrong deaf girl named Sarah. At first, Leeds sees Sarah as a teaching challenge. But soon their relationship blossoms into a love so passionate it shatters the barrier of silence that keeps them apart. 118 min. DVD 427
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Awards

Academy Award - Academy Awards, USA - Best Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

The Children's Hour. (1961)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins, Fay Bainter, Karen Balkin. When a vindictive little girl is disciplined in an exclusive girl's school, the child twists an overheard comment into slander. She accuses her teachers of lesbianism--and her gullible grandmother spreads the gossip. Outraged, Karen and Martha fight back in court, but a child's lie is hard to disprove. Wyler's earlier screen adaptation of Hellman's play (These Three, 1936) skirted the issue of lesbianism completely by making the central "problem" an adulterous heterosexual love triange in which one teacher is accused of being in love with her best friend's fiance. From the play by Lillian Hellman. (The Children's Hour: UCB Main PS3515.E343 C5 1961; UCB Grad Svcs XMAC.H477.C49 Modern Authors Collection; UCB Moffitt PS3515.E343 A6 1972; PS3515.E343 F6) 109 min. DVD 8954; vhs 999:958
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The Chorus (Les Choristes) (France / Switzerland / Germany, 2004)
Directed by Christophe Barratier with Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Marie Bunel and Jean-Baptiste Maunier. Cast: Gerard Jugnot, Francois Berleand, Kad Merad, Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Marie Bunel, Paul Charieras. Unemployed music teacher Clement Mathieu becomes the supervisor at a French boarding school for the rehabilitation of minors. Dismayed by the repressive administration, he works to positively transform the students' lives through music. 97 min. DVD 3914
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The Class (Entre les murs) (France, 2008)
Directed by Laurent Cantet. Cast: François Bégaudeau, Nassim Amrabt, Laura Baquela, Juliette Demaille, Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi. François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. As amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher's enthusiasm for the low-paying job. François insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods. Inspired by the novel Entre les murs by François Bégaudeau. 130 min. DVD X1877
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The Corn is Green(TV, 1979)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Ian Saynor, Anna Massey, Bill Fraser, Artro Morris, Dorothea Phillips. Miss Moffat is a spinster schoolteacher who inherits a house in a Welsh mining town. She finds the miners living in squalor and ignorance, and is determined to open a school to teach not only the children but also anybody from the village that is interested in learning. Miss Moffat discovers Morgan Evans, a young man with a brilliant mind who works in the coalmines. In an essay he writes about being in the mines underneath the fields where "the corn is green." Morgan becomes her prize pupil, and Miss Moffat pushes him to try for a scholarship at Oxford. Unfortunately he has an affair with a local girl that will require an additional sacrifice on the part of his teacher in order for them to realize their dream. But when he returns from Oxford and has seen what is out there, he refuses to be sent back to the life he knew in the mines. Based on the play "The corn is green" by Emlyn Williams. 93 min. DVD 7602
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George Cukor bibliography

The Corn is Green(1945)
Directed by Irving Rapper. Cast: Bette Davis, John Dall, Joan Lorring, Nigel Bruce, Rhys Williams. A portrait of a middle-aged Englishwoman who tries to improve the lives of needy, illiterate Welsh coal miners through education and learning. Based on the play "The corn is green" by Emlyn Williams. 115 min. vhs 999:648
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Dangerous Minds (1995)
Directed by John N. Smith. Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney Vance, Robin Bartlett, Bruklin Harris. Based on true events, this is the story of ex-Marine LouAnne Johnson who becomes a high school teacher assigned to a tough class of inner-city teenagers. When conventional methods fail, the feisty Ms. Johnson tries the unconventional -- defying the rules and creating ther own curriculum. In the process she instills a new self-confidence in her students -- motivating them towards their greatest potential. 99 min. DVD 853
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Directed by Peter Weir. Cast: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles. Based on true events this is the story of prep. school English professor John Keating, who, in an age of crew cuts, sport coats and cheerless conformity, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming ... "Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!" The charismatic teacher's emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm--changing their lives forever. 128 min. DVD X3081
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Hammond, Mike "The historical and hysterical : melodrama, war and masculinity in Dead poets society." In: You Tarzan : masculinity, movies, and men / edited by Pat Kirkham and Janet Thumim. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 Y68 1993)
Heilman, Robert B. "The great-teacher myth." American Scholar, Summer91, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p417, 7p UC users only
Spitz, Ellen Handler. "Carpe diem, carpe mortem: reflections on "Dead Poets Society."" Post Script, 1992, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p19-31, 13p

Disturbing Behavior(1998)
Director, David Nutter. Cast: James Marsden, Katie Holmes, Nick Stahl, Bruce Greenwood, William Sadler. Achieve, be excellent ... and be afraid. For when the esteemed Blue Ribbon Club of Cradle Bay High take their slogans too far, things in the small coastal town begin to go wrong, Dead wrong. And when a "dark sinister force" begins turning the school's curricularly challenged into the soulless, academic elite, three "outsiders" join in a desperate race to avoid becoming insiders ... and losing their individuality forever! Special features: 11 scenes not shown in theaters ; an alternate ending ; feature-length commentary by the director, David Nutter ; The Flys' music video, where I want you ; and the original theatrical trailer. 84 min. DVD X6365
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Educating Rita(UK, 1983)
Director, Lewis Gilbert. Cast: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman. Rita, a young working-class woman in Liverpool, desperately wants an education. She enrolls in literature tutorials at a British university to escape from her dreary life as a hairdresser, as well as a confining existence at home with a husband who wants her to choose motherhood over education. Her professor is Frank Bryant, a disillusioned, alcoholic English professor who encourages his students to forsake dead poetry and enjoy life. As Rita is transformed into a free spirit, Frank is forced to confront his own life. Based on the stage play by Willy Russell. 111 min. DVD X1977
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film; Best Actor (Michael Caine); Best Actress (Julie Walters)
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical; Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

Election (1999)
Director, Alexander Payne. Cast: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik, Phil Reeves. In this satirical comedy, a hotly contested high school election becomes a metaphor for the current state of American politics. Tracy Flick, a straight-A go-getter is determined to become president of Carver High's student body. Popular teacher Jim McAllister decides to derail Tracy's obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate. 103 min. DVD 620
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Awards

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - New Generation Award (Award Alexander Payne Jim Taylor)
National Board of Review, USA - Special Recognition For Excellence in Filmmaking.
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actress (Reese Witherspoon)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Screenplay

The Elementary School (Obecná Skola) (Russia, 1991)
Directed by Jan Sverak. Ten-year-old Eda lives in Czechoslvakia. It is 1945 he goes to school with some boys who are so mischievous that they drive away their teacher. She is replaced by a tough disciplinarian who administers frequent beatings and also brags that he played an important role in the resistance to the Nazis. Despite this, the boys take to him. This gentle drama manages to get in some political points, including well-placed jibes about the development of a "model socialist state" in Czechoslovakia after the war. 110 min. vhs 999:2749
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The Faculty (1998)
Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Cast: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy, Famke Janssen, Elijah Wood, Jon Stewart. A unique thriller that blends teenage angst, cutting edge comedy, and out of this world special effects. Bonding together to save the world are a group of high school students who make a terrifying discovery that their teachers are aliens. 105 min. DVD X6362
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Directed by Amy Heckerling. Cast: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Brian Backer, Robert Romanus, Ray Walston, Nicolas Cage, Forest Whitaker. Twenty-four-year old first-time screenwriter Cameron Crowe went undercover in early 1980s as a high school student to glean an insider's perspective on the struggles of teenagers as they dealt with independence, success, sexuality, money, maturity, school, and particularly with just making it through the formative years. 92 min. DVD 6058
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Lev, Peter. "Teen Films: American Graffiti, Cooley High, Animal House, Diner, Fast Times at Ridgemont High." In: American films of the 70s : conflicting visions / Peter Lev. Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 L44 2000)
Palmer, William J. "Teen Films." In: The films of the seventies : a social history / by William J. Palmer. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1987. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S6.P341 1987; Moffitt PN1995.9.S6.P34 1987)
Schwind, Jean. "Cool Coaching at Ridgemont High." Journal of Popular Culture; Dec2008, Vol. 41 Issue 6, p1012-1032, 21pUC users only
Speed, Lesley. "A World Ruled by Hilarity: Gender and Low Comedy in the Films of Amy Heckerling." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 22, 2002 Sept-Oct UC users only

Freedom Writers (2007)
Director, Richard LaGravenese. Cast: Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton, April Lee Hernandez, Mario, Kristin Herrera, Jacklyn Ngan, Sergio Montalvo, Jason Finn, Deance Wyatt, Vanetta Smith, Gabriel Chavarria, Hunter Parrish. Dramatization of a true story about a teacher in a racially divided school who gives her students what they've always needed, a voice. Erin Gruwell comes to a southern California high school bubbling over with naive optimism. She quickly discovers that her unruly classroom is not easily won over by her good intentions. After a few floundering attempts to connect with her students, Gruwell gives them the assignment of keeping journals about their own lives. This assignment is something that the class can bite into with relish. This eventually bonds them together and pushes racial rivalries aside. Draws heavily from the published journals of the real students themselves. Special features: Feature-length commentary by director Richard LaGravenese and actor Hilary Swank; deleted scenes; featurettes; theatrical trailer; photo gallery. Based on the book "The Freedom Writers diary: how a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them" by the Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell (MOFF: HQ796 .F76355 1999). 122 min. DVD 7635
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Giroux, Henry A. "Hollywood Film as Public Pedagogy: Education in the Crossfire." Afterimage, Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p7-13, 7p UC users only
Hughey, Matthew W. "The White Savior Film and Reviewers' Reception." Symbolic Interaction Vol. 33, No. 3 (Summer 2010), pp. 475-496 UC users only
Petersen, Anne Helen. "Their Words, Our Story: Freedom Writers as Scenario of Pedagogical Reform." Film & History, Spring2009, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p31-43, 13p UC users only
Smith, Anna. "Freedom Writers." Sight & Sound, Apr2007, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p59-60, 2p UC users only

Good Will Hunting (1997)
Directed by Gus van Sant. Cast: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård, Minnie Driver. Will Hunting is a headstrong, working-class genius who's failing the lessons of life. After one too many run-ins with the law, Will's last chance is a psychology professor, who might be the only man who can reach him. 126 min. DVD X5345
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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (UK, 1939)
Directed by Sam Wood. Cast: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills, Paul Von Henreid. For years, Charles Chipping has been known throughout Brookfield School as an austere, humorless man -- a Latin teacher who can't reach his students. But when Chipping falls for the beautiful Katherine, his life immediately changes for the better. Based on the novel by James Hilton. 115 min. DVD X4292
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McCulloch, Gary. "The moral universe of Mr Chips: veteran teachers in British literature and drama." Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice Volume 15, Issue 4, 2009 UC users only
Weales, Gerald. "Goodbye, Mr. Chips." The Quarterly of Film Radio and Television Vol. 11, No. 3 (Spring, 1957), pp. 310-317 UC users only

The Great Debaters (2007)
Directed by Denzel Washington. Cast: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, John Heard, Kimberly Elise. Melvin B. Tolson is a professor at Wiley College in Texas. Wiley is a small African-American college. In 1935, Tolson inspired students to form the school's first debate team. Tolson turns a group of underdog students into a historically elite debate team which goes on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Inspired by a true story. Special features: deleted scenes; "The great debaters : an historical perspective;" "That's what my baby likes," music video; "My soul is a witness," music video. 124 min. DVD X6464
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Half Nelson (2006)
Directed by Ryan Fleck. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps, Anthony Mackie, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Karen Chilton, Tina Holmes, Collins Pennie, Deborah Rush, Jay O. Sanders, Nicole Vicius, Denis O'Hare, Starla Benford. An inner-city junior high school teacher struggles with issues of addiction and his relationships with his students. He forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret. Special features: Optional audio commentary (by Fleck and Boden); Three deleted scenes (4 min.); Four extended scenes, including alternate ending (4 min.); Film out-takes (7 min.); Rhymefest "Wanted" Music Video. 107 min. DVD X6463
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Happy-go-lucky (UK, 2008)
Director, Mike Leigh. Cast: Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Alexis Zegerman, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Stanley Townsend, Kate O'Flynn, Caroline Martin, Oliver Maltman, Sarah Niles, Samuel Roukin, Karina Fernandez, Nonso Anozie. Poppy is a life-loving and irrepressibly cheerful primary school teacher. She is thirty years old, single, and infinitely optimistic and accepting. She lives with her best friend and flatmate Zoe in London. She is tested by a repressed driving instructor with anger problems, and, in turn, she decides to test him. She has exciting flamenco lessons, an encounter with a homeless man, an argument with her pregnant sister, and a love-affair with the social worker guiding one of her students. Bonus features: Behind the wheel of "Happy go lucky" ; Happy-in-character ; audio commentary by director Mike Leigh. 119 min. DVD X1463
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Awards

Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (Sally Hawkins)
National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Director; Best Actress (Sally Hawkins); Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Marsan)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress (Sally Hawkins)

The Hat With the Roses(TV)
Directed by Don Medford. Cast: Gisele MacKenzie, Betty Garde, Margaret Barker. In this gentle story of acceptance and love, Gisele MacKenzie stars as a lonely teacher forced to share a holiday with the one student who hates her the most. Originally presented as an episode on the television series General Electric theater on May 20, 1956. 30 min. DVD X2329

High School Confidential (1958)
Directed by Jack Arnold. Cast: Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling, Diane Jergens, John Drew Barrymore, Mamie Van Doren, Jackie Coogan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lyle Talbot. The scene unfolds in Santo Bello High School where a tough-talking, smart aleck is leader of the hot rod set and much admired by his well-meaning but naive girlfriend. But when the local crime syndicate muscles its way onto the scene, these two hot young lovers find themselves on a star-crossed path that only a caring school teacher can change. Film is noted for its "incredible" 50's slang. 85 min. DVD X889; vhs 999:221
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Higher Learning (1995)
Directed by John Singleton. Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Ice Cube, Omar Epps, Regina King, Michael Rapaport, Kristy Swanson, Tyra Banks, Jason Wiles, Laurence Fishburne. First-term freshmen from different countries, races and social backgrounds are forced to integrate when they all enroll in Columbus University. They all have their own problems, which are strained to the breaking point by prejudice, inexperience and misunderstandings. 127 min. DVD 3678
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The History Boys (UK, 2006)
Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Cast: Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Stephen Campbell Moore, Clive Merrison. Centers around eight boisterous-yet-talented schoolboys hoping to gain admittance to England's most prestigious universities. They are aided on their quest by two teachers, a shrewd young upstart and an inspiring old eccentric, whose opposing philosophies challenge the boys to confront the true meaning of education and the relative values of happiness and success. Special features: Commentary by director Nicholas Hytner and writer Alan Bennett; "History boys around the world: tour diaries" featurette; "Pass it on": 'The history boys' on screen" featurette; theatrical trailers. 112 min. DVD 7961
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The Human Stain (2003)
Directed by Robert Benton. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise, Wentworth Miller, Jacinda Barrett, Harry Lennix, Clark Gregg. Coleman Silk is a respected professor at a New England college who suddenly finds his life unraveling after a comment he makes about some African-American students is misinterpreted as a racial slur. As the scandal heats up, Nathan Zuckerman, a writer researching a biography of Silk, begins to dig deeply into Silk's life. Eventually, matters are made worse when Coleman's affair with a young married janitor named Faunia Farley is exposed. But amid the controversy, Silk must struggle to keep his greatest secret, a secret he's held for the majority of his life, from becoming made public. Based on the novel: The human stain by Philip Roth. 105 min. DVD X1748
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Beck, Bernard. "Rumpelstiltskin: The Pains of Early Retirement in The Human Stain, The Station Agent, and Bad Santa" Multicultural Perspectives, 2004, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p24-26, 3p UC users only
Castle, Robert. "Unadaptable: A Fatal Problem with The Human Stain." Bright Lights Film Journal, Feb2006, Issue 51, p27-27, 1p
Gelder, Rachel "Passing and Failing: Reflections on the Limitations of Showing the Passer in the Human Stain." Women & Performance; 2005, Vol. 15 Issue 29, p293-312, 20p UC users only

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If... (UK, 1969)
Director, Lindsay Anderson. SEE Children, Teens, and Families in the Movies & TV
In & Out (1997)
Directed by Frank Oz. Cast: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Wilford Brimley, Bob Newhart & Tom Selleck. When a former student, now a moviestar tells the world during the Ocars that a high school teacher is gay, the man tries hard to assert his manliness. 93 min. DVD X5518; vhs 999:2014
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Karla (Carla) (East Germany, 1963)
Directed by Herrmann Zschoche. A young idealistic teacher, just starting her career in East German schools, discovers her students hide their true thoughts and only say what they are expected to say. The young teacher tries to encourage open discussions about taboo topics, attempting to break down the walls of suspicion and cynicism. Her superiors view her actions with unease and eventually intervene to discipline Carla. This film was labeled nihilistic, skeptical and hostile by the Unity Party of Germany (SED) and only in 1990 was it shown in cinemas. 128 min. DVD X1856; vhs 999:2613
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Lean on Me (1989)
Directed by John G. Avildsen. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, Alan North, Lynne Tigpen. Fact-based story of high school principal Joe Clark, who armed himself with a bullhorn and a Louisville Slugger and slammed the door at Eastside High in Paterson, New Jersey to keep trouble makers out and serious strivers in. Parents fought him, teachers fought him, but lots of kids loved him. Clark turned Eastside around, becoming a nationally hailed symbol of tough-love education. 109 min. DVD X4302
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Like Stars on Earth: Every Child is Special (Taare zameen par)(India, 2007)
Directed by Aamir Khan. Cast: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tanay Chheda, Sachet Engineer, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma. Eight-year-old Ishaan can't seem to get anything right in class and gets into more trouble than his parents can handle. They pack him off to boarding school to 'be disciplined,' and his art teacher, Nikumbh, realizes that something is wrong and sets out to discover what it is. With time, patience, and care, Nikumbh helps Ishann find himself. Special features (Disc 2): Deleted scenes; the making of Like Stars on Earth; panel discussion on children; feature commentary by director Aamir Khan. 165 min. DVD X4933
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Miracle Worker (1962)
Directed by Arthur Penn. Cast: Anne Bancroft (Annie Sullivan), Patty Duke (Helen Keller), Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine, Kathleen Comegys. Based on true events this is a dramatization of the struggle of a Boston teacher, Annie Sullivan, to communicate with and teach the deaf, blind, and mute child, Helen Keller. Based on William Gibson's play. 106 min. DVD 627; vhs 999:2929
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Miracle Worker (TV, 1979)
Directed by Paul Aaron. Cast: Patty Duke Astin (Annie Sullivan), Melissa Gilbert (Helen Keller), Diana Muldaur, Charles Siebert. A dramatization of the true story of the struggle of a Boston teacher, Annie Sullivan, to communicate with and teach the deaf, blind, and mute child, Helen Keller. Original television drama made in 1979. Based on William Gibson's play. 98 min. DVD X5239; vhs 999:957
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Monster on the Campus (1959)
Directed by Jack Arnold. Cast: Arthur Franz, Joanna Moore, Judson Pratt, Nancy Walters, Troy Donahue, Phil Harvey, Whit Bissell. A paleontology professor acquires a newly discovered specimen of a prehistoric fish. While examining the find he is accidentally exposed to it's blood, turning him into a murderous Neanderthal. 79 min. DVD 7477
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Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Directed by Stephen Herek. Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, W.H. Macy, Alicia Witt, Jean Louisa Kelly, Olympia Dukakis. The story of a serious musician who reluctantly enters the teaching profession to remain afloat financially and discovers that his true passion is teaching. 143 min. DVD X6364
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Mr. Peepers(TV)
Cast: Mister Peepers: Wally Cox, Tony Randall. Hank McCune: Hank McCune, Hanley Stafford, Florence Bates. Presents two early 1950s television comedies. In Mister Peepers Robinson Peepers, a shy high school science teacher and his sister take a brief vacation; then school begins again. In the Hank McCune show the dim-witted Hank buys a television from credit sharks. Originally produced for television in the early 1950s. 60 min. Video/C 9663

Mr. Peepers(TV)
Cast: Wally Cox, Tony Randall, Jack Warden, Patricia Benoit, Jenny Egan, Ruth McDevitt. Journey back to Jefferson Junior High with Mr. Peepers, that shy, quiet, slow-moving science teacher whose efforts to do the right thing always seemed to backfire. Includes the first 26 episodes from this early classic televison sit-com. DVD 4863

Notes on a Scandal (2006)
Directed by Richard Eyre. Cast: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy. Barbara is a cynical schoolteacher who is close to retirement. Sheba is a younger, attractive woman, who joins the faculty as an art teacher. Barbara watches her from afar and has nothing but caustic things to say, but she finds herself reaching out to Sheba. Sheba responds by inviting her to dinner at her house to meet Sheba's lecturer husband and their two children. Later, when Barbara discovers that Sheba is having a sexual relationship with a 15-year old student, Barbara realizes that knowledge of this secret gives her power over Sheba which she can use for her own purposes. The tenuous relationship between the two women reaches a crisis point when Barbara's cat is dying and she asks Sheba to go with her to the vet. Sheba chooses to go with her family to see their son in a play instead. In revenge, Barbara sets in motion the scandal that will rock both their lives in ways they never imagined. Special features: Commentary by director, featurette, conversation with Cate Blanchett and Bill Nighy, in character with Cate Blanchett. 92 min. DVD 7375
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Porton, Richard. "Trusting the Text: An Interview with Cate Blanchett." Cineaste, Spring2007, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p16-19, 4p UC users only
Walter, Bronwen "Including the Irish: taken-for-granted characters in English films." Irish Studies Review; Feb2011, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p5-18, 14p UC users only

The Nutty Professor (1963)
Directed by Jerry Lewis. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman, Med Flory. To improve his social life, a nerdish, near-sighted professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love. 107 min. DVD X5291
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Dale, Alan S. "Jerry Lewis: The Once and Future King of Comedy." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
Krutnik, Frank. "Jerry Lewis: The Deformation of the Comic." Film Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 12-26 UC users only
Liebman, Robert Leslie. " Rabbis or Rakes, Schlemiels or Supermen?: Jewish Identity in Charles Chaplin, Jerry Lewis and Woody Allen." Literature Film Quarterly; 1984, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p195, 7p UC users only
Polan, Dana. "Being and Nuttiness: Jerry Lewis and the French." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring84, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p42-46, 5p, UC users only
Rapf, Joanna E. " Comic Theory from a Feminist Perspective: A Look at Jerry Lewis." Journal of Popular Culture; Summer93, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p191-203, 13p UC users only
Selig, Michael. "The nutty professor: a "problem" in film scholarship." Velvet Light Trap. (Fall 1990): p42 UC users only Shaviro, Steven. "Comedies of Abjection: Jerry Lewis." In: The cinematic body / Steven Shaviro. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .S484 1993)

Oleanna (1994)
Directed by David Mamet. Cast: William H. Macy, Debra Eisenstadt. The tormentor becomes the tormented when a shy student, Carol, turns the tables on a manipulative professor in this provacative portrait of sex, power and betrayal. What begins as a simple meeting between teacher and student, spirals out-of-control when Carol files sexual harassment charges against the professor setting in motion a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse with shocking, devastating results. 119 min. vhs 999:1473
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One Eight Seven (187) (1997)
Directed by Kevin Reynolds. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, John Heard, Kelly Rowan, Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez. Dedicated high school science instructor Trevor Garfield is a man with a passion for learning. Garfield is skilled, smart, committed: the total package as a teacher. But he's also human. And what he confronts in a school turned increasingly into a battlefield may be more than he can bear. Maybe he'll quit teaching ... or caring ... or maybe he'll take justice into his own hands. 119 min. vhs 999:3067
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Our Miss Brooks (TV)
Cast: Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Robert Rockwell, Richard Crenna. Contents: Home cooked meal (25 min.) -- The big jump (25 min.). Two segments from the 1950s television comedy of English teacher Connie Brooks as she clashes with the principal Osgood Conklin and struggles with her infatuation with the biology teacher. In Home Cooked Meal Connie accidentally locks Mr. Conklin in the school's lunchroom freezer. In the Big Jump nobody wants to jump off the roof of the school into a net as a Civil Defense demonstration, so Connie gets the job. Originally produced for the 1954 television program. Video/C 9661

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Ryan, Patrick A.; Terzian, Sevan G. "Our Miss Brooks: Broadcasting Domestic Ideals for the Female Teacher in the Postwar United States." NWSA Journal Volume 21, Number 1, Spring 2009 UC users only

The Paper Chase (1973)
Directed by James Bridges. Cast: Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman, Graham Gickel. Making it through the first year of Harvard Law School is tough enough without making an adversary of your most important professor. That, however, is exactly what a hard-wording student does, and then, to further complicate matters, he discovers that the girl he's in love with is the professor's daughter. 112 min. DVD 1663
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Dillon, J. T. "Paper Chase and the Socratic Method of Teaching Law Comments." Journal of Legal Education, 529 (1979-1980) UC users only
Stillwaggon, J. "Legal, Tender: The Deferred Romance of Pedagogical Relation in The Paper Chase." Studies in Philosophy and Education Studies in Philosophy and Education UC users only
Trier, James. "Inquiring into ‘techniques of power’ with preservice teachers through the 'school film' The Paper Chase." Teaching & Teacher Education, Jul2003, Vol. 19 Issue 5, p543, 15p UC users only

La Pianiste (Klavierspielerin; The Piano Teacher) (Germany / Poland / France / Austria, 2001)
Director, Michael Haneke. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel. The story of Erika, a middle-aged classical piano instructor who is trapped between her rigid passion for music and her suffocating home life. She escapes her life with nightly voyeuristic wanderings and self-inflicted masochistic experiments. 125 min. DVD 1684; DVD 7710 (dubbed German soundtrack)
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Jury; Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert); Best Actor
César Awards, France - Best Supporting Actress (Annie Girardot)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (UK, 1969)
Director, Ronald Neame. Cast: Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Gordon Jackson, Celia Johnson. A teacher in a 1920's Scottish girls' school captivates her students with her fascist ideals and free-thinking attitude. Based on the play by Jay Presson Allen ; adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark Main (Gardner) Stacks PR6037.P29 A6 2004). 115 min. DVD X6358
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Farber, S. "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" Film Quarterly, Spring 1969, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p62-63, 2p UC users only
Frankel, Hannah. "Passing the screen test." Times Educational Supplement, 4/11/2008, Issue 4783, special section p8-11, 4p UC users only
Heilman, Robert B. "The great-teacher myth." American Scholar, Summer91, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p417, 7p UC users only
Kael, Pauline. "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." In: Going steady. Boston, Little, Brown [1970] (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995 .K23 1970)
Neame, Ronald. Straight from the horse's mouth : Ronald Neame, an autobiography / Ronald Neame, with Barbara Roisma Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA TR849.N43 A3 2003)
Robertson, Judith Patricia. Cinema and the politics of desire in teacher education (Dissertation University of Toronto (Canada), 1994.) UC users only

R.P.M.: Revolutions per Minute (1970)
Directed by Stanley Kramer. Cast: Anthony Quinn, Ann-Margret, Gary Lockwood. An exploration of the turbulent 1960's set in a small-town university campus. F.W.J. Perez (Quinn) is a sociology professor who has earned a reputation as a liberal with a free-wheeling lifestyle and a sultry co-ed mistress (Ann-Margret). Perez finds himself in the middle of potential campus violence when a radical student leader (Lockwood) forces the university to appoint Perez as president of the school. Perez the long-time activist must then find a way to prevent the impending campus violence himself or call in the police to do it for him. 90 min. DVD X5545
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Rampell, Ed. "The Whole World was Watching: Power to the People Pictures." In: Progressive Hollywood : a people's film history of the United States / by Ed Rampell. New York : Disinformation ; St. Paul, MN : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.P6 R34 2005

Rushmore (1998)
Directed by Wes Anderson. Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams, Bill Murray, Brian Cox, Seymour Cassel, Mason Gamble. Max Fischer, a 10th grader at elite Rushmore Academy is editor of the school newspaper and captain or president of innumerable clubs and societies, but is also one of the worst students in the school, with the treat of expulsion hanging permanently over his head. Max's world is rocked when he falls for elegant 1st grade teacher, Miss Cross, and then finds himself in competition with a wealthy older man for her affections. 93 min. DVD 145
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Awards

American Comedy Awards - Funniest Supporting (Bill Murray)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Supporting Actor

Sango Malo (Cameroon, 1991)
Directed by Bassek ba Kobhio. A new high school teacher brings turmoil to a rural Cameroonian village when he introduces sex education and vocational training into the curriculum. He also starts agricultural and marketing cooperatives for villagers that the students work on as part of their education. 93 min. vhs 999:672

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Haynes, Jonathan "Returning to the African Village. Jump Cut /40, Mar 96; p.62-66.
Lequeret, Elisabeth. "Ne pas etre necessiteux, ca gene". [Interview with Bassek ba Kobhio] Cahiers du Cinéma no557 May 2001. p. 79.

A Single Man (2009)
Directed by Tom Ford. Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult, Ginnifer Goodwin. After the death of his longtime partner, a British college professor in Los Angeles struggles to find meaning in his life. As he dwells in the past, he begins to contemplate suicide. A series of events and encounters will lead him to question if there really is a meaning to his life after all. Based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood. Special features: Optional audio feature commentary by director, Tom Ford ; optional subtitled feature commentary by director, Tom Ford ; featurette, The making of a single man (ca. 16 min.). 100 min. DVD X3884
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Son of Flubber(1967)
Director Robert Stevenson. Cast: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn ... [et al.]. In this sequel to "The absent minded-Professor," Professor Ned Brainard's discovery of flubber hasn't quite brought him - or his college - the riches he thought. The Pentagon has declared his discovery to be top secret and the IRS has slapped him with a huge tax bill, even if he has yet to receive a cent. He thinks he may have found the solution in the form of flubbergas, which can change the weather. It also helps Medfield College's football team to win a game. 103 min. DVD X2756
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Stand and Deliver (1987)
Directed by Ramon Menendez. Cast: Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosana DeSoto, Andy Garcia. Jaime Escalante, a math teacher at East Los Angeles' Garfield High School, refuses to write off his kids as losers. He cajoles, pushes, wheedles, needles, threatens and inspires 18 kids to become math whizzes. Then they take the National Advanced Placement Calculus exam with surprising results. 103 min. DVD 9513; vhs 999:272
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Teachers (1984)
Directed by Arthur Hiller. Cast: Nick Nolte, Jobeth Williams, Judd Hirsch, Ralph Macchio, Allen Garfield, Lee Grant, Richard Mulligan. Comedy mixes with biting social commentary in this look into a high school where the teachers are as misfit as the rough bunch of students they are supposed to teach. The school is being sued by an ex-student who was graduated without learning to read or write.98 min. DVD X4947
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To Sir, With Love (UK, 1966)
Directed by James Clavell. Cast: Sidney Poitier, Christian Roberts, Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall. A novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60's. 105 min. DVD 4534; vhs 999:721
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Mitchell, Claudia. Reinventing ourselves as teachers: beyond nostalgia / Claudia Mitchell and Sandra Weber. London ; Philadelphia, PA : Falmer Press, 1999. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])

Tesis (Thesis) (Spain, 1996)
Directed by Alejandro Amenábar. Angela is preparing a thesis on violence and the media. Figueroa, her project director, accidentally discovers a film and on the following day he turns up dead. Angela follows her curiosity and gets in up to her neck. 126 min. DVD X6162; vhs 999:1803 (vhs has no English subtitles) (PAL)
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Torment (Hets)(Swenden, 1944)
Directed by Alf Sjöberg. Written by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Stig Jarrel, Alf Kjellin, Mai Zetterling, Olof Winnerstrand, Gosta Cederlund, Stig Olin, Gunnar Bjornstrand. A dark coming-of-age drama about a boarding-school senior, Widgren, terrorized by his sadistic Latin teacher. When Widgren falls for a troubled local girl, Bertha, he finds himself caught up even further in a web of emotional mind games. 101 min. DVD 7570
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21 (2008)
Directed by Robert Luketic. Cast: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Spacey. Ben Campbell, a highly intelligent, student at M.I.T. wants to transfer to the Harvard School of Medicine, but learns he cannot afford the $300,000 for tuition. Ben is introduced into a small but secretive club by his math professor Micky Rosa. The club has four other students who are being trained by Micky in the skill of blackjack card counting. Intriged by the desire to make money, Ben joins his new friends on secret weekend trips to Las Vegas where, using their skills of code talk and hand signals, Ben makes hundreds of thousands of dollars winning blackjack. Ben only wants to make enough money for the tuition and then back out but his greed and arrogance put Micky, as well as the group, on the radar of a brutal casino security enforcer, named Cole Williams. Cole holds a personal grudge of some kind against Micky which threatens to undo everything the students have learned and earned. Based on true events. Special features (Disc 1): Filmmaker commentary -- (Disc 2): Digital copy of featurette ; 21: the advantage player ; the cast explains the game of blackjack and card counting ; money plays: a tour of the good life: featurette that explores the clothes, luxuries and locations shown in the film. 123 min. DVD X25
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Twenty-Four Eyes (Nijushi no hitomi)(Japan, 1954)
Director: Keisuke Kinoshita. Cast: Takamine Hideko, Tsukioka Yumeji, Kobayashi Toshiko, Igawa Kuniko, Tamura Takahiro, Ryu- Chishu-, Natsukawa Shizue, Urabe Kumeko, Kiyokawa Nijiko, Naniwa Chieko, Akashi Ushio, Amamoto Eisei, Takahara Toshio. An elegant, emotional chronicle of a teacher's unwavering commitment to her students, her profession, and her sense of morality; a simultaneously sober and sentimental look at the epic themes of aging, war, and death. Based on the novel Gensaku Tsuboi Sakae by Sakae Tsuboi. Special features: new video interview with Japanese cinema historian and critic Tadao Sato about the film and its director; theatrical teasers; a booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Audie Bock and an excerpt from a 1955 interview with Kinoshita. 156 min. DVD X1471
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Under Cover of Night (1937)
Directed by George B. Seitz. Cast: Edmund Lowe, Florence Rice, Nat Pendleton, Henry Daniell, Sara Haden, Dean Jagger. Four murders stun a university campus. Which college professor is committing murder in order to gain a coveted position? Detective Christopher "Criss" Cross follows each baffling clue to trap the criminal. 70 min. vhs 999:3937
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Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Directed by Robert Mulligan. Cast: Sandy Dennis, Patrick Bedford, Eileen Heckart, Ruth White, Jean Stapleton, Sorrell Booke, Roy Poole. Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher with a can-do attitude at New York's inner city Calvin Coolidge High. Crowded classes, broken windows, lack of chalk and books are only a few of the problems she will have to face. Based on the novel of the same title by Bel Kaufman. 124 min. DVD X6391
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The Wild Party (1929)
Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Clara Bow, Fredric March, Marceline Day, Shirley O'Hara, Adrienne Doré, Joyce Compton, Jack Oakie, Jack Luden, Phillips Holmes. Wild girls at a college pay more attention to parties than their classes. But when one party girl, Stella Ames, goes too far at a local bar and gets in trouble, her professor has to rescue her. Gossip linking the two escalates until Stella proves she is decent by shielding an innocent girl and winning the professor's respect. 75 min. DVD X6240
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Dorothy Arzner bibliography

Wit (2001)
Director, Mike Nichols. Cast: Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Audra McDonald, Jonathan M. Woodward, Harold Pinter. An English professor, who alienates her students, has always had control over her life. That is until she is diagnosed with a devasting illness. She agrees to undergo a series of procedures that are brutal, extensive and experimental. No longer a teacher, but a subject for others to study, she discovers that the fine line between life and death can only be walked with wit. 99 min. DVD 836
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Zéro de conduite (Zero in Conduct) (France, 1933)
Directed by Jean Vigo. SEE Children, Teens, and Families in the Movies & TV

Zotz!(1962)
Produced and directed by William Castle. Cast: Tom Poston, Julia Meade, Jim Backus, Fred Clark, Cecil Kellaway. Jonathan Jones is a language professor whose sedate life changes dramatically when he finds an ancient coin with magical powers. He attempts to make the secret available to the US government, but is brushed off as a lunatic. The discovery becomes the interest of foreign agents, who attempt to steal the secret any way they can. Based on the novel by Walter Karig. 86 min. DVD X2206
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