Education in Film

The Breakfast Club - They were five teenage students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. (DVD 1667)

Blackboad Jungle - This film depicts life in an inner city high school in the 1950’s. It was the first to use a rock ’n roll soundtrack. A dedicated young teacher soon loses his idealism when he has to deal with the tensions that threaten to destroy his classroom. (DVD 4322)

School Daze - A music-filled, off-beat contemporary comedy that takes an unforgettable look at black college life. Directed by Spike Lee.  (DVD 9104)

Goodbye Mr. Chips - A shy British school master named Mr. Chipping devotes his life to teaching "his boys" after the death of his lovely, energetic American wife Katherine. Told via flashbacks, the film features an aged Mr. Chipping looking back nostalgically at his long career, taking note of the people who’ve touched his life over the years. (DVD 3528)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Poignant, funny story of an eccentric teacher in an all-girls school in Edinburgh during the 1930’s.  Based on a novel by Muriel Spark.  (DVD 11360)

Mr. Holland's Opus - A frustrated composer comes to realize that his real passion is teaching and that his legacy is not a truly memorable piece of music, but the generations of young people whose lives he affects as a music teacher.  (DVD  4462)

Where is the Friend's House - Ahmed, a grade schooler, watches as his teacher berates a fellow student for repeatedly failing to use his notebook for his homework. When Ahmed returns home, he realizes he's accidentally taken his classmate's notebook. Against his mother's orders, he sets out in search Mohammed's house, encountering false leads, dead ends, and distractions as he attempts to enlist adults in his search.  (DVD 14948)

Horsefeathers - The fun-loving president of Huxley College (Groucho Marx) tries to keep the student body in line while attempting to keep his own body near a flirtatious floozie who is secretly trying to rig the big football game between Huxley and arch rival Darwin University. (DVD 3351)

Educating Rita - Rita, a witty, 26-year-old working class British hairdresser who decides to seek an education at Open University.  Rita needs a tutor, and she selects, an alcoholic college literature professor whose life is a shambles.  (DVD 3990)

The Paper Chase - A moving story of a first-year Harvard Law School student who comes to terms with his dreams in America’s most competitive school. Hart finds he must survive much more than the pressures, all-night cramming and insecurities he expected. He becomes fearful of a brilliant professor, who terrorizes some, inspires others and who easily seperates the men from the boys. (DVD 11367)

College - Buster Keaton stars as a scholarly young man who doesn't know beans about sports. When he arrives in college, Keaton finds that all the Big Men on Campus are jocks. To impress pretty a coed he tries and fails to join all the school teams.  (DVD 320)

High School - This documentary, filmed at Philadelphia’s North East High, depicts life in a large urban high school through encounters between students, teachers, and parents. Directed by Frederick Wiseman.  (DVD 11403)

The Browning Version - On the eve of his forced retirement, an ineffectual and embittered middle-aged schoomaster examines his life and failed marriage. Directed by Anthony Asquith.  (DVD 4939)