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Films To Teach Literature With

A Listmania! list by George Connor (The Remote Parts of, Scotland)
 
Of Mice And Men [DVD] [1992]
1.  Of Mice And Men [DVD] [1992] DVD ~ John Malkovich
The list author says:
  "Faithful rendition of Steinbeck' novel. Great performances and engaging for most kids."
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [DVD] [1994]
2.  Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [DVD] [1994] DVD ~ Robert De Niro
The list author says:
  "Relentlessly OTT interpretation of the novel. Still, if there's anything teenagers go for it's overwrought emotion and needless gore."
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V for Vendetta [DVD] [2006]
3.  V for Vendetta [DVD] [2006] DVD ~ Natalie Portman
The list author says:
  "A brilliant discourse on terrorism and government control. Complete with big fight scenes and euphoric ending. Teenagers wolf it down."
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Shakespeare Retold (2005) [DVD]
4.  Shakespeare Retold (2005) [DVD] DVD ~ Nick Malinowski
The list author says:
  "Far better than the hugely over-rated-yet-de-rigeur Luhrman R&J. Short, snappy and easily understood. Ideal."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

Shakespeare: The Animated Tales [DVD] [1992]
5.  Shakespeare: The Animated Tales [DVD] [1992] DVD ~ Alec McCowen
The list author says:
  "Again, more classroom friendly than the usual cinematic Shakespeare. Twelve plays reduced to half an hour each."
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Death Of A Salesman [1985] [DVD]
6.  Death Of A Salesman [1985] [DVD] DVD ~ Dustin Hoffman
The list author says:
  "A good breakdown of a text that many pupils find confusing. Worth a go."
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Animal Farm [DVD]
7.  Animal Farm [DVD] DVD ~ John Halas
The list author says:
  "Despite its age, still a brilliantly simple and effective film. Avoid the Hallmark version which is, in every conceivable way, awful."
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Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
8.  Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ Joe Grifasi
The list author says:
  "It's a rare occasion that allows you to teach Kafka, but this sweet film really grabs the sense of humour in the text and has been very effective with older pupils."
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To Kill A Mockingbird (2 Disc Special Edition)  [DVD]
9.  To Kill A Mockingbird (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] DVD ~ Gregory Peck
The list author says:
  "It might be an oldie but it works in class. Many points of comparison with the text and good as a means to bridging from textual study to a broader analysis of racism."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Lord Of The Flies [1963] [DVD]
10.  Lord Of The Flies [1963] [DVD] DVD ~ James Aubrey
The list author says:
  "Not an ideal adaptation but far superior to the later version. Worth watching the final scenes in isolation, rather than watching the whole film."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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