Come See Dead Poets Society at the Literary House

Come out to the Washington College Literary House this Friday, October 6th at 6:30pm for the second installation of Fall Movie Nights to see Dead Poets Society, sponsored by Poetry Club! Dead Poets Society, starring Robin Williams, is directed by Peter Weir and written by Tom Schulman. The film revolves around new English teacher John Keating (Williams), who is starting his first year teaching at an elite all-boys boarding school. His students face tremendous pressure from their parents and the school, both of whom hold them to extremely high standards. Seeing this, Keating uses sayings like “make your lives extraordinary” and “carpe diem” along with other unorthodox teaching methods to reach out to his students. Keating inspires his students through his teaching of poetry. After learning that Keating himself was a member of the unsanctioned Dead Poets Society, two of his students restart the club and sneak off campus to read and recite poetry, verse, and their original compositions. Keating’s nontraditional teaching methods eventually attract the attention of strict headmaster Gale Nolan, who warns Keating that he should discourage his students from questioning authority. Dead Poets Society won the BAFTA awards for Best Film and Best Original Film Score, and Tom Schulman won the Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay. The film’s runtime is two hours and nine minutes. If you’re looking for something to do on Friday night, be sure to stop by the Lit House for a showing of an award-winning movie as well as free popcorn and snacks!


Jessie Ngo

Staff Blogger

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