1) Yes, I rember the first movie I saw in a cinema, I was five years old and watched Walt Disney’s ‘Snow white’ with my grandmother.
2) In class ten we watched a ‘Schimanski-Tatort in order to write a characterization, in which we had to compare detective Schimanski to detective Bärlach, the protagonist of Dürrenmatt’s ‘der Richter und sein Henker’.
1. I do not remember my first movie in a cinema. I remember that we didn’t go very often and cinema is and was always very special to me. It’s the atmosphere and watching without distraction that makes it an experience.
2. We watched “Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” and “American History X”. At least those two are the only ones that I remember because they had been so far away from my everyday life and I was quite shocked about the violence in them. I wasn’t used to those kind of movies (eventhough we watched them in an upper grade), so they fascinated me somehow but the art of filmmaking was outplayed by the content which I had to handle.
3. Movies have never been as personal and important to me as books, so I do not consider myself to be a movie fancier. But one that I really enjoy is Captain Fantastic, which is far from being an action hero movie but more an insight into a special family and problems they have to face coming from a life in the wilderness into “civilization”. I think it appeals to me because I have a fascination for alternative living (e.g. in the forest) and the characters are remarkable and very loveable. The radical lifestyle of the family seems only possible in isolation from rest of the society. But at some point, especially with children/teenagers, you will be confronted with the “real world” and somehow have to deal with it.
I have two experiences: The first one was horrible – and this is no overstatement. The teacher in Religion asked the class what kind of movie we wanted to see as some kind of bonus for good work in the past and some boys convinced her to play “Friday the 13th” which is a horror movie. Of course, this was visible from the start but instead of shutting it down the teacher went out with the children that did not want to see it because it was so disgusting. I don’t really remember our age, but we were by far too young.
The second one was watching a Western, called High Noon, in the music lesson. This was about how important the music is to movies and how it is used, as well as how it was specifically done in this particular movie. I already knew the film as my father watched all of the famous Western movies with us, so the experience was a little bit disappointing for me personally. There was no “what happens next” effect, it was more like “oh no, don´t stop it again”. The film is also a very interesting example as it is basically living from the music – nothing really happens until the showdown in the last minutes, which usually doesn´t matter as the great music creates a very tense atmosphere.
In this regard I would like to recomend all my collegues a visual material with moving images which is not only a great tool for FLT to stimulate the imagery of their pupils by make them make up stories but it is also very entertaining.
I am talking about an animated film by a cartoonist called QUINO. Probably you have all read some of his cartoons. His most famous character is Mafalda. Quino comes from Argentina, but his cartoons are wordlwide well-known. As spanish teacher and having been born in the so called region of Rio de la Plata, I have a special interest in this artist. His printed work has been screen adaptated. The animated film, which I now recomend all of you is called QUINOSCOPIO. The great thing in it, is that it is made up of funny short stories. The characters do not speak in any language, they just babble, producing sounds, which you might associate with a language. This allows the language teacher to work with the pupils on different ways. For instance, the pupils can just relate or comment the scenes of the story in their chronological sequences or / and they can also perform the characters and make up the dialogs related to the scenes.
Here some sequences of QUINOSCOPIO. Try these ones with your pupils. You can find the hold film on youtube. Have fun!
1) I do remember the first movie I saw in the cinema, it was Ice Age 1. It was too much for me- very creepy, especially with the big screen.
2) Yes, we saw “earthlings”- a documentary about where our food comes from- farming, the dairy industry and such horrible things. That was definitely impressive. It even turned some people into eating vegetarian.
3) I don´t have a special movie/favourite movie. I watch pretty much everything without any suspense and a happy ending. 🙂
1- Cap & Capper: A lovely Walt Disney film, showing how a little fox and a little puppy can become friends.
2 – Our teachers used films from time to time, especially in geography or biology – however, none of them has had any impact as they were quite boring and rather made for adults than for pupils.. In chemistry we regularly watched Telekolleg, which was really annoying and old-fashioned even at that time.
3 – I used to have several favourite movies in my life – however they keep changing according to my own development and current circumstances.
1) I think my first cinema experience was Bobo und die Hasenbande (1995). I got scared because everything was so big and loud, although it was actually a very small cinema.
2) We saw lots of films in school, especially in biology and early sex education. I can also vividly remember an anti-drug film that depicted all(!) drugs leading to horrifying hallucinations for some reason.
Some teachers also did the “last day before the holidays” thing. But from time to time we actually watched real movies about certain topic, e.g. Lord Of The Flies in ethics class or East Is East and Gandhi in English class, which were all pretty good in their own way.
My favorite movie(s) of all time is the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. We used to go see them in the cinema with the whole family auch year when they first came out and to the same Italian restaurant afterwards and my father, being a huge fan of the books, would tell us all about what had been left out and what was better or worse about the movie adaptation. I still watch all three movies every winter.
I have a similar, slightly less deep connection with the Harry Potter movies, though they don’t stand the test of time as well as LotR does. (But the audio books are still amazing!)
1. My first movie in cinema was Lion King, I believe 🙂
2. Different teachers used films in their lessons, but I would say rather sparingly. I recall one or the other movie in biology and geography, I think 1 or 2 in French and our English teacher also sometimes movies, but only if she thought it would fit with the topic, sometimes also in combination with a book. I do especially recall one movie she showed us parts of, when we talked about the Amish.
3. I wouldn‘t say I have a particular favorite movie. I think different movies have had an impact on me at different stages in my life.
1. Yes, it’s still a vivid memory. I was about 8 years old and l lived in Poland. The Film is called Stargate and was in English with Polish subtitles. I actually didn‘t understand the dialogues much but I clearly remember the plot and most of the scenes. They made such an impact on me, it was a visual spectacle. I went to the cinema with my elder brother and my father.
2. My grammar school teacher didn’t use many films in his lessons. Due to this fact, I remember very well the few films about the UK‘s landscape and culture we watched. This kind of activity was a real event during the English lesson.
3. There are quite a few movies that are my favourite. I tend to enjoy films that keep me interested in the storyline, like some phantasy or science-fiction films. They also engage my emotions, by the way actors play, the costumes an the scenery. Captivating and thought provoking dialogues are also afeature of many movies I like.
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