Movie Memories School Program

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At Movie Memories, we believe that despite the myth, young people will watch black and white movies. They will and they have! Teachers have had students view films such as Modern Times, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Casablanca with great success, nothing could be further from the truth. When a teacher in Glendale, California, showed Casablanca to his students, the bell for the next class rang, and the students didn’t want to leave. Young people, like anyone else, love a good story.

Movie Memories has a school program in place whereby teachers use classic films to teach components of subjects, such as World History, American History, English, Speech, Music Appreciation, Social Studies, Civics, and language classes. We provide teachers with both teacher and study guides. These can be prepared for any film, but specific films include: Twelve Angry Men (Civics), Black Orpheus (Social Studies), A Tale of Two Cities (English), Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (French), A Song to Remember (1945) (Music Appreciation), and Marie Antoinette (1938) (World History).

Students can both learn and be exposed to the classic film culture at the same time. Not all films are historically accurate, many take dramatic license, shorten time lines, or combine characters. These differences give teachers an opportunity for comparison with actual events, or the book on which the film is based.

The program is free to public schools.

For those teachers unfamiliar with classic film themselves, we are happy to offer a short introduction, again at no charge, via Skype, for any teacher interested in the program.