Online clips



The scenes below are used in the books Teaching with Film and Teaching with Film 2 where for each scene you will find vocabulary, gist and follow-up tasks.

They can be accessed online via the website
Movieclips (now integrated into YouTube) which offers an extensive selection of licensed, high quality film clips and is backed by six major Hollywood studios (not Disney).

NB:
The online clips are shorter than the clips used in the books.






Teaching with Film


Teaching with Film 2


Clip 01: All the President's Men



Clip 02: Apollo 13



Clip 03: Being John Malkovich



Clip 04: Billy Elliot



Clip 05: Dog Day Afternoon



Clip 06: Good Will Hunting



Clip 07: The Hudsucker Proxy



Clip 08: Jersey Girl



Clip 09: Morning Glory



Clip 10: Notting Hill



Clip 11: Pride and Prejudice



Clip 12: Revolutionary Road



Clip 13: Smoke




Clip 01: Boyhood



Clip 02: Catch Me If You Can



Clip 03: The Heartbreak Kid



Clip 04: Joy



Clip 05: The Kite Runner



Clip 06: Lemony Snicket



Clip 07: School of Rock



Clip 08: Stand By Me



Clip 09: Suffragette



Clip 10: The Theory of Everything



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Teaching with Film



All the President's Men
(USA, 1976)

Directed by
Alan J. Pakula

Screenplay by
William Goldman

Starring
Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman





The Film
Alan J. Pakula's film of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's book on the Watergate scandal is as topical today as it was in the 1970s. The technology may have changed but the challenges a democracy faces remain the same.

Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Jason Robards as the Washington Post's editor Ben Bradlee, Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for William Goldman and Oscars for Best Sound Mixing and Best Production Design.

Four Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Alan J. Pakula), Best Supporting Actress (Jane Alexander) and Best Film Editing.


The Scene
The USA. 1972. Washington Post journalists' Woodward (Redford) and Bernstein (Hoffman) will bring down President Nixon with their revelations over the Watergate scandal. Investigative journalism's coup of the century. But despite the momentous events they trigger, small details still matter. Like good writing.



See Scene 2 in book.


A little fuzzy
(Shorter version)
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Apollo 13
(USA, 1995)

Directed by
Ron Howard

Screenplay by
William Broyles Jr., Al Reinert

Starring
Tom Hanks, Ed Harris





The Film
NASA's rescue of the stricken Apollo 13 in 1970 is a masterclass in problem solving. When all else fails then human resourcefulness and ingenuity step in.

Best Sound Mixing Oscar and Best Film Editing Oscar.

Seven Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris), Best Supporting Actress (Kathleen Quinlan), Best Adapted Screenplay (William Broyles Jr. and Al Reinert), Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects and Best Production Design.


The Scene
April 13th 1970. A near catastrophic accident cripples Apollo 13 on its way to the moon. The three astronauts with the help of mission control in Houston are faced with a fatal problem: too much carbon dioxide is slowly suffocating the crew. An ingenious solution is needed.


See Scene 1 in book.




The carbon dioxide problem (Part one)
The carbon dioxide problem
(Part two)
(Shorter version)
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Being John Malkovich
(USA, 1999)

Directed by
Spike Jonze

Screenplay by
Charlie Kaufmann

Starring

John Cusack





The Film
A street puppeteer falls on hard times and is forced to apply for a proper job in the real world. His new workplace: the 7 1/2 floor of a Manhattan office block. That's unusual enough, but what's even more strange is where the hole behind the filing cabinet leads . . .

Three Oscar nominations for Best Director (Spike Jonze), Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener) and Best Original Screenplay (Charlie Kaufman).


The Scene
Craig (Cusack) needs a job. And he knows what you need to do to get one. Bow down a little.


See
Scene 1 in book.








You've got the job! (Part one)
You've got the job! (Part two)

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Billy Elliot
(UK/France, 2000)

Directed by
Stephen Daldry

Screenplay by
Lee Hall

Starring
Jamie Bell, Julie Walters





The Film
The 1984/85 miners strike was a defining moment in 20th century British history, splitting communities, friends and families alike. Lee Hall's screenplay shows a young boy staying true to himself despite the background of division, desperation and aggression.

Three Oscar nominations for Best Director (Stephen Daldry), Best Supporting Actress (Julie Walters) and Best Original Screenplay (Lee Hall).


The Scene
Billy Elliot (Bell) doesn't enjoy the boxing lessons his father insists he does. But ballet . . .


See
Scene 1 in book.








Boxing and ballet (Part one)
Boxing and ballet (Part two)
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Dog Day Afternoon
(USA, 1975)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet

Screenplay by

Frank Pierson

Starring
Al Pacino, John Cazale





The Film
The three men who held up the Chase Manhattan Bank in Brooklyn at the height of the swelteringly hot summer of 1972 were amateurs with unusual motivations. Their failed bank robbery spiralled into one of the first US media events.

Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Frank Pierson.

Five Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Sidney Lumet), Best Actor (Al Pacino), Best Supporting Actor (Chris Sarandon) and Best Film Editing.


The Scene
22nd August 1972. Brooklyn. Sonny (Pacino) and Sal (Cazale) hold up a bank. It goes wrong.


See
Scene 2 in book.








Bad vibes
(Shorter version)
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Good Will Hunting
(USA, 1997)

Directed by
Gus van Sant

Screenplay by
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Starring
Matt Damon, Robin Williams





The Film
What can stand in the way of a person developing their talents? The society? The times? The individual themself? A story of a young man who only needs one thing: someone on his side.

Best Actor Oscar for Robin Williams as Will's therapist and Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Six Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Gus Van Sant), Best Actor (Matt Damon), Best Supporting Actress (Minnie Driver), Best Original Score and Best Film Editing.


The Scene
Working as a cleaner at the university, Will Hunting (Damon) is a genius whose emotional intelligence lags far behind his IQ. Sean Maguire (Williams) is the therapist given the task of reducing the gap.


See
Scenes 1 and 2 in book.





Scene 1
Watch your mouth
(Shorter version)

Scene 2

Just a kid
(Shorter version)
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The Hudsucker Proxy
(USA/UK/Germany, 1994)

Directed by
Joel Coen

Screenplay by

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Sam Raimi

Starring
Tim Robbins





The Film
The Hudsucker Proxy asks a simple question: can a fool rise to the top of a global corporation? Answer: of course
.


The Scene
Fresh out of college (where he was voted as the student most likely to succeed), Norville Barnes (Robbins) has landed a job in the post room at the mighty Hudsucker Industries. He's starting at the bottom but has big plans.


See
Scenes 1 and 2 in book.






Scene 1
The product

Scene 2
The product presentation
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Jersey Girl
(USA, 2004)

Directed by
Kevin Smith

Screenplay by
Kevin Smith

Starring

Ben Affleck





The Film
Kevin Smith's romantic comedy was very different to his previous films (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back).


The Scene
PR manager Ollie Trinke (Affleck) is a single parent. To keep his job he outsources the bringing up of his daughter to his long-suffering father. But he has asked too much and one day his father has had enough. Ollie faces a new challenge: combining his work with fatherhood. Will he make it? No.


See
Scene 1 in book.




Try acting like a father
(Shorter version)
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Morning Glory
(USA, 2011)

Directed by
Roger Michell

Screenplay by

Aline Brosh McKenna

Starring

Rachel McAdams





The Film
Aline Brosh McKenna's (The Devil Wears Prada) look at the morning TV shows which dominate the news-cycle in the US and the challenges a young woman faces of getting her foot in the door.


The Scene
Becky's (McAdams) dream of working as a television producer has gone up in smoke: fired. What's she going to do with all that energy and enthusiasm? Then, she gets a second chance.


See
Scene 1 in book.






Well, that's ... embarrassing
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Notting Hill
(UK/USA, 1999)

Directed by
Roger Michell

Screenplay by

Richard Curtis

Starring

Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant





The Film
Writer Richard Curtis repeated his success of Four Weddings and a Funeral with a modern-day fairytale with a simple premise: what would you do if a superstar fell in love with you?


The Scene
Bookshop owner William Thacker (Grant) has had a standout day. The highpoint: an embrace with Hollywood filmstar Anna Scott (Roberts). And it gets better. William gets a call: he should visit Anna at the Savoy. But when he arrives he finds himself in the middle of a press event and is mistaken for a journalist. Can he impress Anna with his ability to adapt? No.


See
Scene 1 in book.



The kissing thing
(Shorter version)
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Pride and Prejudice
(UK/France, 2005)

Directed by
Joe Wright

Screenplay by
Deborah Moggach

Starring
Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen





The Film
Deborah Moggach's screenplay, Joe Wright's direction and Dario Marianelli's music add another dimension to Jane Austen's classic novel.

Four Oscar nominations for Best Actress (Keira Knightley), Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.


The Scene
Elizabeth Bennet (Knightley) doesn't much care for Mr Darcy (McFadyen). He may own the rich half of Derbyshire but she finds him arrogant and proud. A prejudice which will change over time. But not yet.



See Scenes 1 and 3 in book.





Scene 1
Character
(Shorter version)

Scene 3

Cold hands
(Shorter version)
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Revolutionary Road
(USA/UK, 2008)

Directed by
Sam Mendes

Screenplay by
Justin Haythe

Starring
Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio





The Film
Richard Yates' novel, set in the USA in the 1950s, depicts a young middle class couple torn apart by the demands society (and each other) puts on them.

Three Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Shannon), Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.


The Scene
April (Winslet) is not prepared to allow the routine of everyday life ruin her marriage with Frank (DiCaprio). She has an idea.


See
Scene 1 in book.







Paris
(Shorter version)
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Smoke
(USA/Japan/Germany, 1995)

Directed by
Wayne Wang & Paul Auster

Screenplay by
Paul Auster

Starring
Harvey Keitel, William Hurt





The Film
The novelist Paul Auster's story of everyday life in his corner of Brooklyn in 1990's New York City.


The Scene
Auggie Wren (Keitel) may for many of his customers just be the man behind the counter at his
newsagents in Brooklyn. But writer Paul Benjamin (Hurt) finds that Auggie has hidden depths. And some good stories.


See Scenes 1 and 2 in book.





Scene 1
That's my project ...
(Shorter version)

Scene 2
How Auggie got his camera
(Part one)
How Auggie got his camera (Part two)
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Teaching with Film 2



Boyhood
(USA, 2014)

Directed by
Richard Linklater

Screenplay by
Richard Linklater

Starring

Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette





The Film
Richard Linklater's unique experiment in filmmaking. Over a period of 12 years the same cast charted Mason Evan's life from the age of 6 to 18.

Best Actress Oscar for Patricia Arquette as Mason's mother.

Five Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Best Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke), Best Original Screenplay (Richard Linklater) and Best Film Editing.


The Scene
Mason and Samantha's parents are separated. Today is their weekly outing with their father (Hawke).


See
Scene 3 in book.








How was your week?
(Shorter version)
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Catch Me If You Can
(USA/Canada, 2002)

Directed by
Steven Spielberg

Screenplay by
Jeff Nathanson

Starring
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks





The Film
Steven Spielberg's film of the story of Frank Abagnale Jr., who became one of the biggest fraudsters in US history.

Two Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken) and Best Original Score.


The Scene
Starting a new school after his father's fall from grace, Frank (DiCaprio) discovers a way of asserting himself in the world. Pretend to be someone else.


See
Scene 1 in book.







The substitute teacher
(Shorter version)
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The Heartbreak Kid

(USA, 2007)

Directed by
Peter & Bobby Farrelly

Screenplay by
Scot Armstrong, Leslie Dixon,
Kevin Barnett, Peter & Bobby Farrelly

Starring
Ben Stiller, Malin Akerman





The Film
Based loosely on a Neil Simon screenplay.

No Oscar nominations.


The Scene
Life's looking up! After a whirlwind romance and a shotgun wedding, Eddie (Stiller) and Lila (Akerman) set off on their Mexican honeymoon. Maybe they should have taken things a bit slower.


See
Scene 1 in book.





Opposites attract?
(Shorter version)
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Joy
(USA, 2015)

Directed by
David O. Russell

Screenplay by
David O. Russell

Starring
Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper





The Film
The story of Joy Mangano, who despite a seriously dysfunctional family and faced with a blanket male-oriented corporate culture found success with her self-wringing mop.

Oscar nomination for Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence).


The Scene
The shops refuse to sell Joy's (Lawrence) innovative new mop. Okay, so if the businesses won't stock it inside their shops then she'll sell it in the car parks outside their shops.


See
Scenes 2 and 4 in book.







Scene 2
The mop of the future
(Shorter version)


Scene 4
This is me
(Shorter version)
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The Kite Runner
(USA/China, 2007)

Directed by
Marc Forster

Screenplay by
David Benioff

Starring
Zekeria Ebrahimi,
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada





The Film
Based on Khaled Hosseini's novel, who draws on his own experiences growing up in Kabul before his immigration to the USA. Amir's life in Afghanistan will be ended with the 1979 Soviet invasion, but his childhood ended with an event that had occurred years earlier.

Oscar nomination for Best Original Score.


The Scene
Afghanistan, before the 1979 Soviet invasion. Amir (Ebrahimi) and Hassan (Mahmoodzada) take part in the annual kite-fighting competition which takes place in the capital, Kabul. Amir flies the kite. Hassan's job: the kite runner.


See
Scene 1 in book.





Cutting kites
(Shorter version)
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Lemony Snicket's
A Series of Unfortunate Events

(USA/Germany, 2004)

Directed by
Brad Silberling

Screenplay by
Robert Gordon

Starring
Meryl Streep,
Liam Aiken, Emily Browning





The Film
Three orphans not only have to deal with the death of their parents but also with the assortment of eccentric and criminal guardians who the courts assign to look after them.

Oscar for Best Makeup.

Three Oscar nominations for Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.


The Scene
The Baudelaire children's lives are about to take a new direction.


See
Scenes 1 and 4 in book.







Scene 1
The Baudelaire children
(Shorter version)


Scene 4
Aunt Josephine
(Shorter version)
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School of Rock
(USA/Germany, 2003)

Directed by
Richard Linklater

Screenplay by
Mike White

Starring
Jack Black





The Film
Struggling rock musician Dewey Finn finds that enthusiasm in the classroom can get you a long way.


The Scene
Short of money Dewey Finn (Black) pretends to be his roommate and accepts a job as a supply teacher. The only drawback: the class want to learn something.


See
Scenes 1 and 2 in book.






Scene 1
Just give up!

Scene 2
Sticking it to the man!
(Shorter version)
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Stand By Me
(USA, 1985)

Directed by
Rob Reiner

Screenplay by
Raynold Gideon, Bruce A. Evans

Starring

Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix,
Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell





The Film
Based on a Stephen King short story.


The Scene
The USA in the 1950s. Four boys on the brink of their teenage years set out to find a corpse in the woods.


See
Scene 1 in book.







The bridge
(Shorter version)
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Suffragette
(UK, 2015)

Directed by
Sarah Gavron

Screenplay by
Abi Morgan

Starring
Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep





The Film
How the Suffragettes changed the political landscape in pre-WWI Britain.


The Scene
London, leading up to the outbreak of WWI. Due to her political campaign fighting for women's rights, the leader of the Suffragettes, Emmeline Pankhurst (Streep), has been forced to go into hiding. To avoid arrest, she can only hold speeches at secret locations.


See
Scene 2 in book.




Lawbreakers and lawmakers (Part one)
Lawbreakers and lawmakers (Part two)
(Shorter version)

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The Theory of Everything

(UK/USA, 2014)

Directed by
James Marsh

Screenplay by
Anthony McCarten

Starring

Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones





The Film
Anthony McCarten's biopic of the physicist, cosmologist and writer Stephen Hawking (1942-2018). Based on the book by his former wife Jane.

Best Actor Oscar for Eddie Redmayne's depiction of Hawking.

Four Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Felicity Jones), Best Adapted Screenplay (Anthony McCarten) and Best Original Score.


The Scene
Cambridge University, 1963. Stephen Hawking (Redmayne) will one day develop his groundbreaking theory on black holes. But he's not quite there yet.


See
Scene 2 in book.







Turning back time
(Shorter version)
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"Oh how Shakespeare
would have loved cinema!"
Derek Jarman (1942-94)
English filmmaker

(in his memoirs
Dancing Ledge, 1993)