Dead Poets Society (1989)

The Oscar-winning Dead Poets Society with Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke represents what public school kids imagine prep school to entail during a fall term: lazy strolls around a beautiful campus as a cool breeze blows and an inspiring teacher offers insight into poetry. But just as the beauty of the season shrivels up and gives way to the bitter bite of winter, this idyllic image is squashed when disapproving, close-minded administrators and parents flex their muscles. Nonetheless, autumn is portrayed in all its stunning glory so that the gold of the leaves and splendor of the season (as well as the film's poignant performances) are what we remember rather than the suffocating, oppressive powers that be.

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  1. Samantha • October 1, 2016 @ 7:53 PM

    I love The Village, one of Shyamalan’s best!

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