History Film / DeadPoetsSociety

1st Dec '16 8:55:39 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Delaware for Vermont.
21st Nov '16 1:24:15 AM lalalei2001
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* PunchClockVillain: The writers tried to avoid the good-students versus bad-teachers angle by writing the faculty and parents as just doing their jobs and teaching the kids the way it was done at that time.
20th Nov '16 9:23:12 PM lalalei2001
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Keating's antics don't go over well with the school administration and teachers. He has at least two conversations about this during the course of the film. While the audience is set up to believe their adherence to tradition and conformity are a bad thing, both conversations drive the point home. "Free thinkers at seventeen? Teach them to learn and the rest will follow." A prep school education is designed to send the young men on to college, and trying to be an artist will only end in disappointment.
20th Nov '16 9:19:53 PM lalalei2001
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Keating's antics don't go over well with the school administration and teachers. He has at least two conversations about this during the course of the film. While the audience is set up to believe their adherence to tradition and conformity are a bad thing, both conversations drive the point home. "Free thinkers at seventeen? Teach them to learn and the rest will follow." A prep school education is designed to send the young men on to college, and trying to be an artist will only end in disappointment.
20th Nov '16 8:35:23 PM lalalei2001
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Mr. Nolan reveals to Mr. Keating that he too was an English teacher once; the scene goes on to show that the two men both believe in the value of education, both love teaching English and both believe they're doing what's best for the students at the school; the difference? Mr. Keating's ideas are those of the hip, modern generation (of the movie) and Mr. Nolan's are those from a few decades ago. This is why they are at odds.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Mr. Nolan reveals to Mr. Keating that he too was an English teacher once; the scene goes on to show that the two men both believe in the value of education, both love teaching English and both believe they're doing what's best for the students at the school; the difference? difference is Mr. Keating's ideas are those of the hip, modern generation (of the movie) and Mr. Nolan's are those from a few decades ago. This is why they are at odds.



* HateSink: Nolan's status as the resident [[StopHavingFunGuys spoilsport who gets in the way of the boys' fun and games]] is justified by the fact that Mr. Keating's "think for yourself" message and methods are at odds with his own beliefs and the pre-existing curriculum that he genuinely believes benefits them better than having a strong individual voice. Other than that, the film is mostly concerned with the boys dealing with their struggles against [[FantasyForbiddingFather constrictive parents]], [[UnrequitedLove romantic difficulties]], [[ShrinkingViolet lack of self-confidence]] or [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority chronic rebellious tendencies]]. Cameron thus serves as the lightning rod for the audience's contempt -- he's a brown-noser, doesn't like anything the others do, is constantly looking over his shoulder to make sure things don't come back to haunt him and [[spoiler:rounds it off by ratting on everyone to save his own miserable hide]]. Thus eventually Charlie decks him hard enough to cause a nose-bleed -- [[CatharsisFactor and boy howdy is it satisfying]].

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* HateSink: Nolan's status as the resident [[StopHavingFunGuys spoilsport who gets in the way of the boys' fun and games]] is justified by the fact that Mr. Keating's "think for yourself" message and methods are at odds with his own beliefs and the pre-existing curriculum that he genuinely believes benefits them better than having a strong individual voice. Other than that, the film is mostly concerned with the boys dealing with their struggles against [[FantasyForbiddingFather constrictive parents]], [[UnrequitedLove romantic difficulties]], [[ShrinkingViolet lack of self-confidence]] or [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority chronic rebellious tendencies]]. Cameron thus serves as the lightning rod for the audience's contempt -- he's a brown-noser, doesn't like anything the others do, is constantly looking over his shoulder to make sure things don't come back to haunt him and [[spoiler:rounds it off by ratting on everyone to save his own miserable hide]]. Thus eventually Eventually Charlie decks him hard enough to cause a nose-bleed -- [[CatharsisFactor nosebleed--[[CatharsisFactor and boy howdy is it satisfying]].
22nd Oct '16 5:48:30 PM erracht
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* AssimilationAcademy: ''And how.'' Weldon seems to be only a notch away from a military school. Its methods are centered on demanding total conformity to a program that puts every student on a pre-set path toward the Ivy League and eventually the Establishment. Deviating from this is simply ''not'' tolerated.

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* AssimilationAcademy: ''And how.'' Weldon Welton seems to be only a notch away from a military school. Its methods are centered on demanding total conformity to a program that puts every student on a pre-set path toward the Ivy League and eventually the Establishment. Deviating from this is simply ''not'' tolerated.
20th Jul '16 10:05:04 PM Gitman
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* MoodWhiplash: Neil experiences this when he is thrilled to pieces about getting the lead role in Macbeth, only to open the door to his dorm room and become white with fear to see his father sitting there, already waiting to scold his son ruthlessly. Even though Neil did falsify a letter of permission from his father earlier in the film, which wasn't the smartest move, the fact remains that Mr. Perry's behavior throughout the film is still displayed as [[ItsAllAboutMe thinking of his own interests rather than Neil's, given how overly strict and authoritarian he is]], which only makes Neil want to pursue acting more.

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* MoodWhiplash: Neil experiences this when he is thrilled to pieces about getting the lead a major role in Macbeth, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," only to open the door to his dorm room and become white with fear to see his father sitting there, already waiting to scold his son ruthlessly. Even though Neil did falsify a letter of permission from his father earlier in the film, which wasn't the smartest move, the fact remains that Mr. Perry's behavior throughout the film is still displayed as [[ItsAllAboutMe thinking of his own interests rather than Neil's, given how overly strict and authoritarian he is]], which only makes Neil want to pursue acting more.
7th May '16 2:12:57 PM benda
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* DisobeyThisMessage: Mr. Keating encourages his students to "think for themselves". And, mind you, he actually praises one of them when he disobeys his request ("exercising right not to walk").

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* DisobeyThisMessage: Mr. Keating encourages his students to "think for themselves". And, mind you, he actually praises one of them Charlie when he disobeys his Keating's request ("exercising my right not to walk").
7th May '16 2:12:08 PM benda
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* DisobeyThisMessage: Mr. Keating encourages his students to "think for themselves".

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* DisobeyThisMessage: Mr. Keating encourages his students to "think for themselves". And, mind you, he actually praises one of them when he disobeys his request ("exercising right not to walk").
30th Apr '16 9:39:04 AM amphiboly
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* MoodWhiplash: Neil experiences this when he is thrilled to pieces about getting the lead role in Macbeth, only to open the door to his dorm room and become white with fear to see his father sitting there, already waiting to scold his son ruthlessly. Even though Neil did falsify a letter of permission from his father earlier in the film, which wasn't the smartest move, the fact remains that Mr. Perry's behavior throughout the film is still displayed as [[ItsAllAboutMe thinking of his own interests rather than Neil's, given how overly strict and authoritarian he is]], which only made Neil want to pursue acting more.

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* MoodWhiplash: Neil experiences this when he is thrilled to pieces about getting the lead role in Macbeth, only to open the door to his dorm room and become white with fear to see his father sitting there, already waiting to scold his son ruthlessly. Even though Neil did falsify a letter of permission from his father earlier in the film, which wasn't the smartest move, the fact remains that Mr. Perry's behavior throughout the film is still displayed as [[ItsAllAboutMe thinking of his own interests rather than Neil's, given how overly strict and authoritarian he is]], which only made makes Neil want to pursue acting more.
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