The Dreamers

 

The Dreamers

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The movie :

The Dreamers is an romantic drama film drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and released in 2003. It is a co-production by cinematographic compagnies from France, United Kingdom and Italy. This movie was inspired by Gilbert Adair‘s novel called The Holy Innoncents (1988) which was inspired itself by Jean Cocteau‘s book named Les Enfants Terribles (1929).

Synopsis :

The story occured against the backdrop of the May 1968 riots. Matthew, a newcomer student from America arrives in Paris and stumble upon twins during a manifestation : Isabelle and Theo. They quickly become friends especially thanks to their enthusiasm in film. The French brother and sister decide to welcome Matthew during their parents’ holidays. Three all alone in the appartment, they lay down rules of a game which will promptly take an unhealthy and oppressive shape. They will play with fire and this joke will led them to discover and understand their own identity like a kind of initiatory journey.

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I appreciated this movie for several reasons :

First, the numerous cinematographic references : the three heroes talk about cinema and often reproduce cult scenes of different films in their own way such as Bande à Part, À Bout de Souffle, Scarface, Top Hat or Freaks and that makes me want to see some of it. Their imitations are pretty funny and in a way, The Dreamers is a tribute to the cinema.

Then, an another important point is the music. The film is immerged in a musical universe that I love : psychedelic rock, hard-rock with various artists and groups such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors…

May 68 is an interesting background that I have never seen in others movies. There is even stock footage of this time in the picture.

There are also many striking shots thanks to the lighting, the picture composition etc.

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This movie is constituted by a significant number of cultural references that makes it a truly interesting film even if I thought that it went round in circles. May 68 is here but not really operated… The story is not totally captivating even if the characters are relevant. Besides, sometimes the viewer doesn’t feel comfortable especially because of the almost perverse relation between the siblings and it becomes a kind of love triangle. This movie represents excess and the decadent youth of the 60’s, although it is not my favorite film, you should watch it !

James Dean

Vivre Vite, Philippe Besson

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The Book

This novel is a choral novel (romanticized biography) written by Philippe Besson and released in 2015. It traces James Dean’s story through various testimonies of those who have known him.

What about James Dean ?
James Byron Dean – nicknamed Jimmy Dean – better knownby his stage name James Dean, born on the 8th, February 1931 in Marion (Indiana) and dead on the 30th September 1955 in Cholame (California) is an american actor.

He begins his career with a walk-on on Pepsi-Cola advertising in 1950.

He also appears in various TV series such as Studio One, General Electric Theatre, Danger etc…

Since he is a child, he dabbles in theatre. That leads him to act in a play of Andre Gide, called L’immoraliste. Thanks to it, he knows a big success in Broadway, New York, and he is rewarded with the price of the most promising young actor of the year which propels him in the cinema world.

He was not mentionned in the credits for his four first films. It is from East Of Eden directed by Elia Kazan (1955) that he knows his first true movie success :

And it will continue with Rebel Without a Cause, Nicholas Ray (1955)

…and with his last film : Giant by George Stevens (1956)

His untimely demise reinforces the myth around him and his career. That’s why I decided to explain precisely his tragic death :

James Dean always been fascinated by motor racing : he wants to participate in a race in North California. He leaves on the morning, driving a Porsche 550 Spyder with his mechanic Rolf Wutherich. During the trip, a police control fines him for exceeding the speed limit.

James Dean is driving for four hours and suddenly, at a crossroad, near Cholame, a student called Donald Tumupseed pull out in front of him. The two cars collide violently. James Dean dies instantly, Rolf Wutherich is projected out of the vehicle whereas the student gets away only with bruises.

The « irony » of his death is that he has just finished the shooting of Giant, during which a term of his contract forbids him to participate in any motor racing and to drive dangerously. Just before his accident, he was requested for a short film about road safety, encouraging people to drive carefully.

James Dean is a figurehead of the 50's and that is why I decided to read this book. I wanted to learn more about him and to understand the infatuation around him.

There are so much interesting things in this book :
First, there are many striking sentences. Metaphors, expressions, short sentences, coarse language or great turns of phrase. I like the way of writing of the author : he takes testimonies that he has sublimated with many sentences. These ones are interesting because it exposes different point of view about James Dean. There is also fictitious « testimonies » of James Dean : pure invention of the author, which refer to various periods of his life : some trace his child's gaze on significant events such as his mother's death. This passage was really moving... others were touching for their symbolism, by the words used. The testimonies make us feel so close to his life : we are a kind of stalker. Sometimes, we can identify us to certain moments of his life.

I got the impression to learn so much thing in one book, but I couldn't remember all. Once the book finished, I should have liked it to continue. That's the only negative point according to me : it is too short. Such as James Dean's life.

« Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse » Willard Motley, Knock on Any Door

FUNKADELIC – MAGGOT BRAIN


Listen to the music while reading this article ! 🙂

THE BAND

Funkadelic is an american funk band founded in 1964. Initially known as The Parliaments, it began music in the hair salon of George Clinton, the leader of the band and change its name for Funkadelic in 1970. It is active from 1964 to 1981, and during this time, 13 album are released, the members of the group go through drugs problem, they change their band name twice... The group evolved but one of their musical piece is timelessness : Maggot Brain.

MAGGOT BRAIN

Maggot Brain is derived of the album also called Maggot Brain, realeased in 1971. The story behind the song is as legendary as mysterious. It lasts ten minutes, essentially composed of an electric guitar and a drum in the background. Eddie Hazel, guitarist of the band perfom Maggot Brain from beginning to end. Only George Clinton's voice is heard as an introduction and shortly before the end.

Here are the lyrics :

Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time 
For y'all have knocked her up. 
I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe 
I was not offended 
For I knew I had to rise above it all 
Or drown in my own shit. 

Come on Maggot Brain 
Go on Maggot Brain

If we refer us to the legend, the musical piece was created on drugs (LSD more precisely) and George Clinton asked Eddie Hazel to play as if his mother had just passed away. There is an another version of the story : Maggot Brain was composed to accompany Jimi Hendrix's soul who died a year ago.

Eddie Hazel recorded that song in one shot with a Wah-Wah pedal and a delay pedal if I'm not mistaken.

This piece of music represent a cosmic travel and the culmination to a state-of-mind which transcends all that human can imagine.

Maggot Brain was also played during the funeral of Eddie Hazel on 22, December, 1992.

Classified 60th on the 100 greatest guitar songs of all times by Rolling Stone magazine, Maggot Brain is one of the guitar solo the most crushing and masterful in the world.

In my view, this song is bewitching, captivating and aerial. It makes me feel a lot of thing that I couldn't describe. I love listen to this musical piece, it is one of my favourite. I feel the same thing when I listen to Before The Beginning of John Frusciante. Besides, he said he was inspired by Maggot Brain to record his song. It is featured on his 2009 album called The Empyrean.

There is also a recent song of Childish Gambino present on his new album Awaken ! My Love called The Night Me And Your Mama Met which reminds me of Maggot Brain. By the way, I think all his new album was inspired by Maggot Brain album.

Through my research about this beautiful song, I stumble upon a cover of Maggot Brain with a violin. According to me, it is wonderful.

If you have 10 minutes to lose, please, listen to Maggot Brain. And if you have 30 minutes to lose, listen to the other music I have introduced in this article. All are amazing.

On the road, Jack Kerouac

On the road, Jack Kerouac, 1957

The author :

Jack Kerouac, born in 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts, is a an american writer and a poet. He comes from a French-Canadian family.
Student in Colombia, sailor during the World War II, he meets in New York, in 1944, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, with whom he leads a bohemian life at Greenwich Village. Alcohols, drugs, sex, homosexuality, parties, jazz bop, he hangs out with his friends from New York to Mexico, via New-Orleans, Denver, San Francisco… His walk of life is totally the opposite of the « traditional », conformist american life. He dies in 1969, at the age of 47, ravaged by loneliness and alcohol.

The Beat Generation :

The Beat Generation is an artistic and literary movement born in the 50’s in the USA. The expression is used for the first time in 1948 by Jack Kerouac to discribe his circle of friends to John Clellon Holmes. There are many books depicting this movement : Howl, Allen Ginsberg (1956) ; Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs and obviously On the road by Jack Kerouac. Some members of the Beat Generation showed their homosexuality and it made a scandal in the puritan America. For example, Howl and Naked Lunch became the object of trials which allowed to develop the publishing world and the sexual liberation of the next generation. The three authors have influenced the youth walk of life of the 50’s – 60’s. The Beat Generation indirectly inspired May 68, the opposition to Vietnam war and Woodstock. It also illustrates the great commitment to big spaces, nature and spiritualities.

After his first book in 1950, The Town and the City, he develops a new write technique, very spontaneous that will lead the publication of On the road in 1957 : it was written in only three weeks. It is considered as the manifesto of the Beat Generation. It is an autobiographical novel where Sal (Salvador) Paradise, a student and a writer, is Jack Kerouac. Sal, the narrator, just got divorced, meets Dean Moriarty, released from prison, with who he travels accross the USA hitchhiking, by bus or car. Their trip begins to the west, passing by California, then the to east and to the South. Each step of their travel is made of new experiences : meetings, parties, various jobs and problems.

I have like read this book : the characters wander aimlessly, they lived without thinking about their future. On the road offers numerous meditation about life, death, love, friendship… We can also see it through Sal’s monologues. They live from hand to mouth, meeting people, questioning themselves, unending race to find money, food and a place to stay. This book reminds me of Into The Wild at some point (even if the main character is not really here to have fun). Besides, the fact that the road brings aventures, discoveries, meetings makes me want to travel accross a country.

«  Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road. 

The Author
Olivia Rosenthal is a french writter, novelist and playwright. She was born in 1965 in Paris. She studied in Jules-Ferry high school (1975-1982) and did a preparatory class in Henri-IV high school. Then, she got into the Ecole Normale supérieure in 1984, obtained an aggregation in modern literature in 1987 and a doctorate in 1992. She was elected a literature lecturer in 1993 in Rennes University. Since 1999, she teaches at the University of Paris III. She created with Lionel Ruffel and Vincent Message one of the first masters of literary creation of higher french education.

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The Book

« Mécanismes de survie en milieu hostile » is a bildungsroman and a thriller written by Olivia Rosenthal and released in 2014.

The novel begins with a fantastic story which turns into a nightmare. Then, we are immersed in the thought of a young girl who is completely confused after a family tragedy. Follow the story in a countdown with an endless and oppressive game of hide-and-seek. There are also others action which challenge the woman. She is confronted with her deepest fears: death, silence, mourning… She is facing the hostility of the outside world which obliged her to create coping mechanisms.

A distinguishing feature of this book is the alternation between the main story and an almost scientific story, written in italics. The link between the both story is deep and implicit and it’s very baffling.

This is one of my favourite book for several reasons : First, the original content and the change in stories. I have learned unexpected things thanks to this book and you should read it to discover that. For example, what I remember is a passage about the decomposition of bodies. It seems to be murky, but it was truly interesting. Despite this disgusting subject, it captured me. After reading this book, we question ourselves, how could we have act in this situation ? That also sends us back to metaphysical questions, our relation about death, childhood, bereavement mixed up in a scientific analysis.

While reading this novel, we are totally lost, destabilized, absorbed in a foreign world, questioning ourselves about life and death. It’s a puzzle to put together and the end enable us to stop stressing, to stop the suspense. Everything becomes highlighted.
Olivia Rosenthal, through this work, shows us our fears and our anxieties (such as death, confinement…) to learn how to survive and to cast our demons out. She tests her reader with destabilizing situation and involved him with a first person narrative.

The Shining


Not very original but today I’m going to talk about one of the classic book :

The Shining

Shining is a horror novel written by Stephen King and published in 1977.

Jack Torrance, a recovering alcoholic, a failed writer and a former teacher decided to get his life back and to find a job. The Overlook Hotel is a mysterious place located in the mountains. It is closed in winter. Only a janitor leaves there during this time, totally isolated from the rest of the world because of the climate condition. Jack is wired as the guardian and brings with him his wife, Winifred (Wendy) and their son Daniel (Danny) who is five. Danny is an exceptional child and very grown up for his age. He has supernatural power called The Shining. As soon as he arrives in the Overlook, he sees frightening things especially when Tony, his imaginary friend visits him when he faints. Who are these persons in his visions ? The body of this murdered woman ? What are these strange noise and party’s music ?

In 1980, Stephen King sees his novel made into a movie, directed by Stanley Kubrick with Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd. It is considered as a classic horror film.

To avoid any spoilers if you haven’t read or seen The Shining, I advise you to stop your reading because I’m going to compare the two works.

I loved reading that book : it was thrilling and suspensful, and I also adored the characters and the way that King showed their relationships.

We can see through Jack’s eyes that he loves his son, he is accomplice with him. This aspect is not really developed in the film whereas in the book there is an important passage showing it: he gives a hornet’s nest to Danny after learning that Jack had one in his room when he was a child.

Love and hate between Jack and Wendy is more exploited : Even if she loved her husband, she is still mistrustful since the accident when Jack broke Danny’s arm. This tragic episode is indeed often reminded through Wendy’s thoughts.

An another important difference between the two works : there is no maze in the book but only booxwood animals which come to life when Danny and Jack see them.

Moreover, when Tony comes to talk and shows terrifying things, he does it through Danny’s fainting, even though in the film, Danny talks to Tony with his index finger.

When the madness of Jack is maximized, he uses a croquet mallet to frighten his family. In the film adaptation, he uses an axe. Besides, Dick Halloran is not murdered but only knocked out by the mallet, and he succeed in leaving with Wendy and Danny.

Afficher l'image d'origineThese are the « most important » differences, just some details, but when you read the book first, you expect a lot of things from the film version. That’s the case with the final scene : the movie was thrilling every step of the way, except the end : I was a bit disappointed… I was really expecting the explosion of the Overlook, but finally, it didn’t happen. The end is not so lame, but I was truly attached to this idea.

Although I knew the story, the movie still surprised me, because Kubrick has appropriated King’s novel and made something amazing, with the talented Jack Nicholson. There were magnificient shots, and one of my favourite sequence in my view is when Jack came face to face with the woman in the bathroom of the room 217. I loved the symmetry of the shot, the green color which highlighted the two characters, and the set of miroir.

Monsters are real. Ghosts are too. They live inside of us, and sometimes, they win.”

The Horse Boy

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A HORSE BOY – RUPERT ISAACSON (2009)

RUPERT ISAACSON

Rupert Isaacson is an equitherapist, a writter, a film-producer and a journalist. He was born in 1967 in London, England. He divided his time between the United-Kingdom, the United-States and Africa, his continent of adoption. He was a journalist, who worked for many newspapers such as The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph (…) and also the National Geographic in America. He fought alongside Survival International for the recognition and the rights of South-African Aborigal. He also created a foundation for the right to land of this population, and published in 2008 a book entitled The Healing Land : The Bushmen and The Kalahari Desert.

THE BOOK

The Horse Boy is a book written by Rupert Isaacson and published in 2009. It is an autobiographical novel that traces the story of the author mainly during his journey in Mongolia with his wife to help his 5-years-old-autistic son, Rowan to open up to the world surronding him. Rowan was diagnosticated autistic when he was 2. As the result of this diagnostic, his parents, Rupert and Kristin understood the unusual course of action of their son. They didn’t know how to behave with him, until they discovered that Rowan was improving in contact with animals, especially with horses. Each time that he was riding a horse, he made progress. For instance, a crazy idea crossed Rupert’s mind : he wished to leave Texas to organize a trip in Mongolia, travelling across the country on horseback, looking for Shaman and healers. He also choose this country because of the equine history.

THE MOVIE

A film crew followed Rupert and his family in Mongolia, for making a documentary about this crazy excursion to « heal » an autistic boy. It was directed by Michel Orion Scott and Rupert Isaacson. The documentary retraces the life and the evolution of Rowan during his path halfway around the world. It was also released in 2009.

Here is the trailer :

This work allowed me to learn more about autism, the « specific » behaviour of autistic people... Unfortunately, an autistic person will always live with autism. This disease can get better over time : we have to stimulate an autist by many ways. Thanks to the determination of his parents, Rowan has evolved, but that is not finished : he will continue again and again. He got rid of some habits such as violent temper tantrum. Now he can flourish within his family.

Thanks to this novel, it enabled me to understand the animal behaviour and particularly about the horses in contact with people and autistic persons. I also learn about shamanism, and open myself to this spiritual world. It was really interesting to see how the healers were proceeding during a ritual. And now, I really want to travel in Mongolia, to see the steppe as far as the eye can see and magnificent landscapes ! Besides, Mongolian really seem to be welcoming and friendly...
To conclude, I just have to say that I look up to the determination and the courage of this parents, to go as far to help their son and I think they have to be proud of them, because what they have done it is almost inbelievable.

TARO – ALT-J (?)

This song is about a photographer called Robert Capa, who died during the Indochine War, while he was walking on a mine, straying to take a picture of the French Troops.

Here are the lyrics :

Indochina, Capa jumps Jeep, two feet creep up the road
Toe for toe, to record meat lumps and war,
They advance as does his chance – very yellow white flash.
A violent wrench grips mass, rips light, tears limbs like
rags,

Burst so high finally Capa lands,
Mine is a watery pit. Painless with immense distance
From medic from colleague, friend, enemy,
foe, him five yards from his leg, From you Taro.

Do not spray into eyes – I have sprayed you into my eyes.
3: 10 pm, Capa pends death, quivers, last rattles, last
chokes
All colours and cares glaze to grey, shrivelled and stricken
to dots,
Left hand grasps what the body grasps not – le photographe
est mort.

3.1415, alive no longer my amour, faded for home May of ’54
Doors open like arms my love, Painless with a great
closeness
To Capa, to Capa Capa dark after nothing,
re-united with his leg and with you, Taro.

Do not spray into eyes – I have sprayed you into my eyes.
Hey Taro!

ROBERT CAPA


Endre Ernö Friedmann, more commonly known as Robert Capa, is a photographer and a Hungarian war correspondent, naturalized American. He was born on 22 octobre 1913 in Budapest, and died on 25 May 1954 during the Indochine war. He is also one the fonders of the photographic cooperative Magnum Photos.
He grew up in a Jewish-tailors family in Budapest. At the age of 17, he started studies in journalism, at the
German Political College but, because of the arrival of the Nazis, he relocated to Paris, where he decided to change his name Endre Ernö Friedmann as Robert Capa.


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 » The Failling Soldier « , Robert Capa, 5 September 1936, Cerro Muriano

One year later, he encountered Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour (and André Kertész), with whom he shared his passion for photography and with whom he founded Magnum Photos in 1947. He also met Gerda Taro, a German Jewish refugee, who later become his partner and a photographer. They travelled all around the world to take war pictures until Gerda was killed during the civil war in Spain, in 1937.

Capa, deeply chocked, pursued alone his job, and retraced the Sino-Japenese conflict, covered the North African front in 1942 and the landing in Sicily. Then, he immortalized the Normandy Invasion on 6 June 1944.

Then, he moved to Hollywood with Ingrid Bergman, his new lover, where he started fashion photographs and still photographs for Alfred Hitchcock.

In 1954, the magasine entitled « Life » required a photographer to assist to the Indochine War. Capa volunteered, unaware of the turn of events.

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 » American Soldier Landing On Omaha Beach « , Robert Capa, 6 June 1944, Normandy

ALT-J

alt-J is an English indie rock band founded in 2007 in Leeds. Formed of four members, Joe Newman, guitarist and vocalist ; Gwill Sainsbury, also guitarist and bass player ; Gus-Unger Hamilton, keyboardist and vocalist, and the drummer Thom Green, their songs are a mixture of folk, hip-hop and vocal harmonies interludes. They have got two albums behind them : the first, called An Awesome Wave (2012) that features « Taro » and the second entitled This Is All Yours (2014).

I think that it’s really a beautiful tribute to Robert Capa, that I appreciate as much as the band. The song, the voices are shooting and carrying and this approach creates a contrast with the sorry story. The song tells the death of Capa poetically, mitigating the violence around it. Friedmann join spiritually the love of his life, Gerda Taro. The music video is also beautiful, the images are intense and poignant.
Robert Capa is one of my favourite photographer, because of his touching end but also thanks to his amazing career. He knew that war photographer was a job at risk, but he accepted every requests and he succeeded famously. His pictures were taken in the heat of the moment, during a very tense context. That’s how he lost his life : taking a photograph. Through his photographs of war, Capa was interested in the human’s relations with the death and the ephemeral life. Thereby, his death is like the consecration of his work.

 

«  IF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH, YOU’RE NOT CLOSE ENOUGH »

Pulp Fiction is a cult film of the 90’s directed by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary (in 1994). This american gangsters film owes its name to the « pulp magazines », famous reviews in the 20th Century. It was rewarded by the « Palme d’or » in 1994 in Cannes. It’s a non-chronological fiction starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and Bruce Willis. The scene takes place in the underworld of Los Angeles through three hoodlums stories interlaced.

Tarantino acts himself in this film as Jimmy Dimmick.

Because of his non-linear story, i’m going to disclose you the introduction in order to avoid any spoilers :On the morning, in a diner, a couple of crooks, Pumpkin and Yolanda are talking about their activity at risk and they finally decided to rob the place.

In an another shot, Vincent Vega (who is coming back from Amsterdam) with Jules Winnfield have to deliver a briefcase to the mysterious content to their boss, Marsellus Wallace. Whereas they are talking about their daily life, Vincent entrusts to Jules that Mr. Wallace tasked him to hang out with his wife, Mia Wallace, only for the evening. Then, they interrupt a three-thugs-breakfast to settle accounts between them. Winnfield and Vega accuse them to have scamed Marsellus.
The film is divided in several parts :

  • The Introduction
  • Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace’s Wife
  • The Gold Watch
  • The Bonnie Situation
  • The Breakfast

I really like this film thanks to its pleasant aesthetic, and all of the characters because they are charismatic and interesting, even if my favorite is Vincent Vega. I love the atmosphere of the movie, blending references about pop culture, black humour and violence. Besides, in my opinion, all of the songs in the film are amazing and well-choosen. The music amplify the aspect and the absurd of various scenes. I like the fact that it’s a non-chronological story, adding an original touch, all the element gradually fits together.

If you’ve never watched this film, I really recommend it !!
And if you have watched this movie, what is your favorite moment ?

« ZED'S DEAD BABY, ZED'S DEAD »

The Clan of the Cave Bear

The Clan of the Cave Bear is the first novel of a saga called Earth’s Children. Written by Jean M. Auel between 1980 et 2011, it made up of seven fictional volumes relating the life of the Cro-Magnon and the Neanderthal man.

 

This first book was published in 1980. The Clan of the Cave Bear turned into a film in 1986, it was directed by Michael Chapman.

The story occured 35 000 years ago in Europe and in those initial days, Alya, a five-years-old little girl outlived an earthquake. Now an orphaned and vulnerable children, she wandered a few hours to forage and got scratched by a big cave lion. She took refuge towards a foreign clan where, once she recovered, she was noticed because of her many skills.

 

This book enables the readers to learn more about the beginning of the human being, it is a way to entertain while acquiring knowledge about the Cro-Magnon and his daily life, his behaviour when he is facing an another man or an unexpected event. Moreover I guess the author had to do a great deal of research even if I think she had to invent some details so that the story become more realistic and could also be anchored in our era, in our time. If anyone reads the book without know the summary, he can suppose that the story takes place in a prehistoric world even if several events are linked with our everyday life. The manner in which some scenes are described adds credibilty to the story, as though we were 35 000 years ago. I think this book is worth reading !

Freedom Writers

 

 

 

Freedom Writers is a dramatic comedy film directed by Richard LeGravenese in 2006. It is an adaptation from the book « The Freedom Writers Diary : How A Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing To Change Themselves And The World Around Them » by its full name. This book and this movie are based from a real story written by Erin Gruwell and her pupils. The film were graduate by the Humanity Prize.

Erin Gryell, a 23 young english teacher had choosen for his first job a high school of Long Beach in Los Angeles. The pupils of her class don't care about learning and she decided to pull themselves together. Thanks to her involvment, she gradually managed, with tact and humor to make her pupils appreciating school and gave them her taste for writing.

I've seen this movie when i was younger and it marked me thanks to the moral that is released, besides, I think it was the good opportunity to talk about it here. I like the fact that the movie is based to a real story although sometimes i've found the film was a little bit cliché, overoptimistic. I've never seen a moment when the teacher had wanted to give up, she is always cheerful and strong-willed. For my part, even if i've found some weak points, you should see the movie or read the book because it can be an example in your life, and thanks to the boudless optimism, it can motivate you to take initiatives. Lastly, i think it is a beautiful lesson of life.

INTO THE WILD


Into the Wild is a novel inspired by real facts written by Jon Krakauer in 1996. It is a biography, a travel notebook and an autobiography

In 1992 , a dead body of a young man was found in a dropped bus in Alaska, near the Mount McKinley. It was Chris McCandless‘ body. He was 19 when he decided to live off the beaten track. He was disgusted with human being, what kept him to be isolated. He loved Jack London’s and Leon Tolstoï’s books and took the same positions. He had furrowed the United States, subsiting by several works before it settled in Alaska, to live in harmony with nature. This travel will be fatal.

I loved reading this book, because it’s not only the story of an adventurous young man, it’s also the story of the author, and many others anecdotes about things I wouldn’t suspected. I’m fascinated by Chris McCandless. The author had live similar experiences and that’s why he looked more closely at his case. I respect and admire what they have done, they wished leave for adventure and followed through on their commitments. That time, it’s not often that people give up everything to live their dreams and to be self-dependent. I guess Chris McCandless’ project, which cost him his own life, has many benefits: he broadened his horizons, he also met authentic persons and he lived in communion with nature. Testimonies of his family and his new or old friends are touching. I congratulate Jon Krauker for achieving this long quest, and for researching necessary details to write this book. Into the Wild has an abondance of interesting things.