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Old 11-09-2007, 12:44   #21
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Probably not. Perhaps I should remove it from the list.
You can away with Oldboy though cos it's not in English.
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Old 11-09-2007, 12:44   #22
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North by Northwest (1959) - already mentioned. I assume this is for a school project - for the love of god show them this film.
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"Fury" (Fritz Lang) is an archetype of this theme & has a powerful message to make about prejudice & the mob mentality...more relevant I'd suggest for a school showing than a random Hitchcock, whose amoral films use the "wrong man" scenario as a vehicle for suspense rather than as a looking glass into human behaviour. Presumably you'd like the theme to be the focus of the kids enquiry...I think Hitchcock will possibly entertain them but I doubt Cary Grant or Robert Donat's playboy's dilemmas will strike a chord in this age we live in, "The Wrong Man" would be a more appropriate film, but if I were a teacher I'd whip a bit of Spencer Tracy on their ass.

It depends what the film screening's intent is.

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Old 13-09-2007, 22:37   #24
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Baring in mind what's going on with the McCanns and that whole trial by media circus, wouldn't it be a good time to screen "A cry in the dark" to illustrate a very similar case? A superb film too that should interest and cause debate amongst any half intelligent 15 year olds.
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Baring in mind what's going on with the McCanns and that whole trial by media circus, wouldn't it be a good time to screen "A cry in the dark" to illustrate a very similar case? A superb film too that should interest and cause debate amongst any half intelligent 15 year olds.
Bear in mind that we don't know that the McCann's are not guilty & they are now suspects, though this adds an interesting ambiguity to the subject.

I think you're quite right that a case history film like that would grab them more & would provoke debate, rather than a Hollywood thriller. "A Cry In The Dark" would also echo that recent Australian backpacker case, the english woman whose boyfriend was killed.

I'm not sure kids watch b&w films these days, I'm sure they'd laugh & poke fun.

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Old 13-09-2007, 23:10   #26
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The Life of David Gale - fits the bill perfectly and I really can't stress how good it is.
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Thanks for more ideas - I'd forgotten Gale - I enjoyed that. I've never seen the Streep film. That's the dingo one right?
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Old 14-09-2007, 00:29   #28
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An innocent man. Cracking film starring Tom Selleck.
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Old 14-09-2007, 00:33   #29
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How about Hitchcoks's Saboteur?
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Old 14-09-2007, 03:42   #30
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If you can't make up your mind, why not go with Wrongfully Accused. It's a masterful post-modern summation of the entire genre... or something like that.

I'd steer clear of North By Northwest, personally. Though that's mainly because I hate the movie. (I can't stand Cary Grant's smug, leering protagonist, the Neanderthal sexual politics, the inane set-pieces, the adolescent sexual "innuendo" and wince-worthy "banter", or the fake soundstage look-n-feel of the whole film.) And don't get me started on the idiocy that is David Gale.

There's always the adaptation of Kafka's The Trial (or the Orson Welles version, if you think the kids are up for it). Doesn't get much more classic than that!

Leslie Nielsen or Kafka... Would anyone even know the difference?

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Old 14-09-2007, 06:06   #31
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But... but... NBNW has a baddie called VanDamm! And has Martin Landau jealously gaying up the place.

How about To Kill a Mockingbird? Shirley all kids are made to watch this in school anyways.
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I've never seen the Streep film. That's the dingo one right?
Yup!
You should totally go with this as it's so relevant to what's happening at the moment!
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enemy of the state. GREAT film

will smith and gene hackman work really well together

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Thanks for more ideas - I'd forgotten Gale - I enjoyed that.
It's strange isn't it, but everyone I've spoke to either hasn't heard of it, or really enjoyed it. Every so often I'll drop it into a movie conversation just to see if there's any reaction - sometimes you get the blank "I haven't seen it" stare, otherwise you're met with "Oh yeah, I though that was great".

I've never come across such a predictable pattern of behaviour with any other movie.
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Consider the run broken, 'cause I saw it, and I hated it. As I mentioned in passing above, David Gale is one of the most insultingly stupid films I've seen. Its take on the capital punishment issue is so banal that the filmmakers should have been sent back to remedial social studies class, and the twist is both utterly predictable and completely unbelievable.
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An innocent man. Cracking film starring Tom Selleck.

Good film, but it has to be said if selleck didnt have a poncey hairdo none of it wouldnt have happened.
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I also thought of An innocent man being the best one. But To KIll a Mockingbird is a superb suggestion, and I'd say probably the best one (no worries aobut pesky shower scenes there!). All depends on the 15yr olds, whether their open minded to watching a b&w film.
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