Hermeneutical Analysis of Feature Films of English-Speaking Countries on the Schools’ Theme
Authors: Irina Chelysheva
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The topic of the school is presented, including the nature of the relationship between teachers and students, the formation of the identity of schoolchildren, changes in attitudes and representations of characters et all stages of the evolution of the English-language cinema. Social, political, socio-cultural events of the corresponding era are reflected in feature films Teachers and schoolchildren have typical film image stereotypes: a good/bad guy, a beauty, a villain, an intellectual, a loser, a superhero, etc.
Defenders of socially unprotected students dominate in the film images of teachers of the second half of the twentieth century. Then, more and more often, the screen present discussion image of the teacher, who often does not find a common language with students or their parents, using non-pedagogical means to achieve their professional goals. This is often reflected in his vocabulary, appearance, and manners of communication. The genre specificity of English-language films about school subjects has also substantially expanded. The comedy, melodrama and drama were dominated in the early stages of the development of cinema about school and university, but later the ribbons of this subject occupied the entire genre niche, including musicals, horror films, thrillers, science fiction, etc. The topic of social formation was gradually supplemented with stories about the love affairs of schoolchildren and teachers. Many film about school and university included the episodes of violence, cruelty, crime, racial discrimination, drug use, a realistic depiction of erotic scenes.