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"P.J. O'Connell (PA)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 3 Feb 1994 18:21:42 -0600
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  Robert Withers <[log in to unmask]>  writes:
> At the risk of starting one of those annoying endless strings of
> film-title messages, I'd like to ask for help in thinking of a certain
> kind of film that I might use in my "Film for Education Majors" course at
> Brooklyn College.       "The Four Hundred Blows" was a landmark film not
> only because the freshness of its style and personal nature, but because
> it presented a compelling, realistic look at the real-life problems and
> experiences of a young person.  There was humor, but also emotional
> brutality, and a sense of longing for something better.  But it's a
> little remote, in time and culture, from my students at Brooklyn in the
> '90s.  I'm trying to think of American (or maybe British or Irish, though
> that's another whole kettle of fish) films that show kids or young people
> confronting serious real-life problems, not "movie-genre" problems like
> in "True Grit" or "Home Alone."  I'm thinking of films maybe like "Out of
> the Blue," or perhaps "Sounder," but I can't think of too many.  I'm
> interested in films where the child is a central character, and the film
> conveys the child's point of view, not just films where children are
> supporting characters and suffer.       There are some films I haven't
> seen or haven't seen in a long while that maybe fit the bill, such as "To
> Kill a Mockingbird," "The Quiet One," and "The Learning Tree."  "My Girl"
> was an interesting recent film about a young girl dealing with issues of
> self-esteem, parental love-life, and death.       I'll be happy to
> collect responses and repost, if you want to respond directly to my
> e-mail address -- [log in to unmask] -- [log in to unmask] - - but of
> course many on this list like to go public.
   Consider HBO's THE REAL WORLD?; it's hokey psuedo-documentary, but it may
come closer to what the kids identify with (and what you want) than the
slicker stuff.
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