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This review is from: Goodbye Mr Chips  [DVD] (DVD)
This is a timeless classic which could be remade many times over in almost any time period:the sets and costumes are very basic,the story being set in a Public School where all the pupils wear uniforms and the teachers wear robes/cloaks over their contemporary clothes.
Most of the film is set within the confines of the school,so little is seen of the outside world and the changing times bar gossip by the boys of major events(the Franco/Prussian war,the Boer war,the Great War etc.).
The only major departure from the school is Mr Chipping's holiday and meeting with his future wife in Austria.
And that is the turning point in his life;from staid,cold and uninteresting teacher 'Chips' is transformed into a bright caring person that the pupils come to admire and love.
Superb performances by Robert Donat and Greer Garson(in her first screen role)as Mr and Mrs 'Chips'.
My only gripe is the annoying,stylized colour illustration of Donat and Garson on the front of the dvd jacket:it is obviously studio artwork as they never appeared together in the film without his obligatory moustache(to age him)and the film is totally in black and white.