Engineer Mark Thackeray arrives to teach a totally undisciplined class at an East End school. Still hoping for a good engineering job, he's hopeful that he won't be there long. He starts implementing his own brand of classroom discipline: forcing the pupils to treat each other with respect. Inevitably he begins getting involved in the students' personal lives, and must avoid the advances of an amorous student while winning over the class tough. What will he decide when the engineering job comes through?Written by
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This film stands as one of my all time favorites. What I love about it is its simplicity. I just gets my heart. I can't tell you how great a feeling it is to enjoy a great screenplay, devoid of ridiculous 90's special effects. There's no Bruce Willis with an oversized machine gun improbably hosing down 37 ninjas. It's a story from the heart brought to the screen crisply and cleanly. The cinematography is that fantastic semi-gritty 60's style, coupled with an amazing amount of deep-focus shots a la Citizen Kane (watch for them!). Make no mistake about it, this is not at all shot like a made for TV movie, the shooting is fresh and the editing subtly evocative. In short, it's not canned Hollywood garbage.
Regrettably, there seems to be a shortage of this type of film, and I dare say that kids today are probably unfamiliar and unable to appreciate this type of product. Why do I think this? Maybe those kids are raised with the non-stop accompaniment of digital effects in every commercial and tv shows and would frankly not have the patience or introspection necessary to enjoy the film. Maybe they see it strictly as a 1967 period piece, which it isn't, because they lack a real understanding of how fine stories and emotions can be told in any time period. Anyhow, what a great movie.
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