Saturday 14 February 2015

Language was invented... to woo women

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”
― N.H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society (1989, book adaption)

Wikipedia: Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. Set at the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in the northeast United States in 1959, it tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry.

N. H. Kleinbaum wrote a novel of the same name based on the movie: Dead Poets Society. New York: Hyperion. 1989.

Published on Feb 22, 2019 by Night Of The Trailers
YouTube: Dead Poets Society (1989) Original Trailer

Rotten Tomatoes: Dead Poets Society: 85%
Affecting performances from the young cast and a genuinely inspirational turn from Robin Williams grant Peter Weir's prep school drama top honors.


Amazon: Dead Poets Society by N. H. Kleinbaum
N. H. Kleinbum, a graduate of Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, is a former newspaper reporter and editor. Her other novelizations include the Bantom Starfire title Growing Pains and D.A.R.Y.L. She lives in Mr. Kisco, New York with her husband and three children.

Mental Floss - Oct 15/2014
15 Facts About 'Dead Poets Society' by Joy Lanzendorfer
1. The movie was loosely based on the screenwriter's life.
2. The main character, John Keating, was based on two of Schulman's teachers.
3. The studio considered turning Dead Poets Society into a musical.
4. Originally, Jeff Kanew, who did Revenge of the Nerds, was going to direct it.
5. Dustin Hoffman was going to direct—and star in—the movie.
6. In the screenplay, John Keating is dying of cancer.
7. Filming was moved from Georgia to Delaware because of snow.
8. The movie is rife with literary references—both well-known and obscure.
9. Robin Williams was stiff in the role, until he started improvising.
10. A Decent Chunk of Williams' Lines Were Improvised.
11. The director made the young actors live together.
12. The cave is fake.
13. Lara Flynn Boyle had a bit part in the movie, but it was cut.
14. Not everyone liked the film—Roger Ebert Especially.
15. Ethan Hawke credits a scene with Williams for introducing him to the possibilities of acting.

The Atlantic - Feb 19/2014
Dead Poets Society Is a Terrible Defense of the Humanities by Kevin J.H. Dettmar, PhD in English Literature
I walked out [of the movie] horrified that anyone would think that what happens in Mr. Keating’s classroom—or outside of it, because so many of his poetry-derived “life lessons” are taught outside the classroom, after all—had anything to do with literary study, or why I was pursuing a graduate degree in English. I think I hate Dead Poets Society for the same reason that Robyn, a physician assistant, hates House: because its portrayal of my profession is both misleading and deeply seductive.

Wikiquote: Dead Poets Society
Keating: Language was developed for one endeavor, and that is - Mr. Anderson? Come on, are you a man or an amoeba? [pause] Mr. Perry?
Neil: To communicate.
Keating: No! To woo women!

my blog: Robin Williams: How Should We Face the End? - Dec 14/2014
As I sit here writing this, I have to think that it’s been a great day. I went for a walk; I enjoyed the outdoors, and had the feeling that all is right with the world. And I would add, if it isn’t obvious, suicide is the farthest thing from my mind.


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