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The message that it brings you is wonderful!
The film is based on the short story "The Palace Thief" by Ethan Canin, which I haven't read, but intend to do.
In this new release, Kline plays William Hundert, a teacher at the very exclusive boarding academy, St. Benedictus School for Boys. His forte is Western Civilization, especially the contributions of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Hundert's authority over his freshman class is complete - a "tyranny" as he calls it, but a benevolent one. Then Sedgewick Bell, the son of a prominent U.S. Senator joins the student body and Hundert's Western Civ. A smart-mouthed rebel who neglects his studies, Bell soon gains a following among the other boys with his antics. In despair, Hundert pays a call on the Senator. Soon, Sedgewick gets a short, terse call from Dad, who essentially says, "Don't make me have to waste my valuable time again cleaning up your mess." Apparently now channeling his anger at his father with the thought "I'll show him!", the young Bell begins to apply himself. In a series of essays on the contributions of Roman emperors, Sedgewick does well enough to rank number 4 in the class, the top 3 of which will advance to the annual Julius Caesar contest, a question and answer competition before the student body, the winner of which is crowned with laurel leaves and eternal honor. Thinking that Sedgewick has turned himself around, Hundert inflates the boy's grade on the final essay to give him the number three spot. During the ensuing contest, moderator Hundert is taught hard lessons on school politics and his ability to judge another's character.Read more ›