Tony Kaye’s “Detachment” has my vote. It’s easily my favorite film of 2012 so far.
Let’s discuss that film here, as well as other movies about teachers.
What are some of your favorites? :)
Nothing beats the fourth season of The Wire
Twenty-Four Eyes (Kinoshita Keisuke)
Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray)
The Forest for the Trees (Maren Ade)
I definitely want to watch “Detachment” sometime soon, since I found out not too long ago Xbox Live’s Zune has it. As far as teachers go, a great, unsung dark comedy is Bobcat Goldthwait’s “World’s Greatest Dad.”
The Piano Teacher
The worst are any of those dreadful inner-city teacher turns the kids around amidst hostility from administrators flicks, and any movie with a teacher who inspires his students with poetry.
The Karate Kid
Half Nelson is the film Detachment tries to be without Gosling to stare at.
Madchen in Uniform (Sagan), Twenty Four Eyes (Kinoshita), If (Anderson), Kes (Loach), all excellent left-liberal leaning films- maybe they should be screened in schools for interesting discussion-, and also The Man who Had his Hair Cut Short (Delvaux). The Happiest Days of our Lives is fun.
Three French films come to mind:
It All Starts Today
To Be and To Have [documentary]
Girlfriend In a Coma
I have to say the absolutely best teacher I had was one of those “teachers who inspires his students with poetry.” I was struggling in HS and an administrator pointed me to a poetry class that was amazing. Most students felt the same way and he was the most popular teacher in the school. This was 30 years ago. The teacher would be restricted these days due to the movies he showed us and some of the language and ideas we dealt with.