Archive for April 27th, 2020

by Sam Juliano

As we near the end of April there are more than encouraging signs.  The fearful death number has actually dropped from 342 to 106 from Saturday to Sunday here in New Jersey.  That is by far the most drastic change over a two-day period since this horror began, and while even one death is terrible the numbers in the Garden State are going in the right direction in a big way.  Otherwise we are largely hunkered in as usual aside from the grocery and medicine runs.  Wishing everyone continued love and safety!

With schools nationwide shut down indefinitely, I thought I’d put together a list of my Top 25 favorite films primarily set in boarding schools, grade schools and Universities. Anyone wishing to put together their own lists of any number up to 25 is encouraged to do so in the comments. Of course some of you will list a good number of my own canonical choices but may opt to add others to conform with your own taste. My numerical list is for a drama and to denote a slight preference but basically I love all the films on this list comparably.

1. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939; UK)
2. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975; Australia)
3. Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987; France)

4. Anne of Green Gables (1985; Canada)

5. Wild Reeds (1994; France)
6. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969; UK)
7. Zero for Conduct (1933; France)
8. A Separate Peace (1972; USA)
9. Indignation (2016; USA)
10. Les Diaboliques (1955; France)
11 Twenty-Four Eyes (Japan; 1954)
12. Young Torless (1966; Germany)
13. Election (1999; USA)
14. The Outcast (1962; Japan)
15. Child’s Play (1972; USA)
16. The Children’s Hour (1961; USA)
17. The History Boys (2006; UK)
18. If……(1968; UK)
19. Quand on a 17 ANS (France; 2016)
20. The Freshman (1925; USA)
21. Stolen Kisses (2016; France)
22. Dead Poets Society (1989; USA)
23. Tea and Sympathy (1956; USA)
24. Les Disparus de St. Agil (1938; France)
25. The Chocolate War (1988; USA)

Horse Feathers, Tom Brown’s School Days, If…….., Carrie (Di Palma), Elephant, The Chorus, To Sir With Love and The Browning Version barely missed the list.


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