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Films To Teach Literature With

George Connor
 
Of Mice And Men [DVD] [1992]
Of Mice And Men [DVD] [1992]
"Faithful rendition of Steinbeck' novel. Great performances and engaging for most kids."
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [DVD] [1994]
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [DVD] [1994]
"Relentlessly OTT interpretation of the novel. Still, if there's anything teenagers go for it's overwrought emotion and needless gore."
V for Vendetta [DVD] [2006]
V for Vendetta [DVD] [2006]
"A brilliant discourse on terrorism and government control. Complete with big fight scenes and euphoric ending. Teenagers wolf it down."
Shakespeare Retold (2005) [DVD]
Shakespeare Retold (2005) [DVD]
"Far better than the hugely over-rated-yet-de-rigeur Luhrman R&J. Short, snappy and easily understood. Ideal."
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales [DVD] [1992]
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales [DVD] [1992]
"Again, more classroom friendly than the usual cinematic Shakespeare. Twelve plays reduced to half an hour each."
Death Of A Salesman [1985] [DVD]
Death Of A Salesman [1985] [DVD]
"A good breakdown of a text that many pupils find confusing. Worth a go."
Animal Farm [DVD]
Animal Farm [DVD]
"Despite its age, still a brilliantly simple and effective film. Avoid the Hallmark version which is, in every conceivable way, awful."
Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"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."
To Kill A Mockingbird (2 Disc Special Edition)  [DVD]
To Kill A Mockingbird (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
"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."
Lord Of The Flies [1963] [DVD]
Lord Of The Flies [1963] [DVD]
"Not an ideal adaptation but far superior to the later version. Worth watching the final scenes in isolation, rather than watching the whole film."