Classic Film: Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society features Robin Williams in a thoughtful, inspiring, and enthusiastic role as an English Professor in a staid New England prep school is the fifth film of Ogunquit Performing Arts 14th season of the Classic Film Series and will be shown¬ at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit on Sunday February 8, 2015 at 2 pm. Admission is free and so is the popcorn.

Dead Poets Society, the 1989 drama film starring Robin Williams will be shown on Sunday February 8, 2015, 2 PM at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit. Admission is free and there will be free popcorn for all. Written by Tom Schulman and directed by Peter Weir the film is set at the elite prep boarding school, Welton, Academy, in the northeast United States in 1959. The film received critical acclaim and was a huge box office success. It was also BAFTA’s best film and was awarded “best foreign film” in France and Italy. Author Tom Schulman won an Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay. Dead Poets Society was also nominated for Best Picture and Williams was nominated for Best Actor.

John Keating (Robin Williams) is a new English teacher at Welton Academy, a staid but well-respected prep school where education is a pragmatic and rather dull affair. But this unconventional educator soon changes his students’ thoughts on the learning process as he tears chapters from text books and asks students to stand on their desks to see the world from a different angle. He encourages his students to “make your lives extraordinary.” He introduces his students to poetry and his free-thinking attitude and the liberating philosophies of the authors that he introduces to his students. The students soon have their thoughts on the learning process and on life itself changed by this unconventional educator.

Don’t miss the showing of Dead Poets Society, at the Dunaway Center on Sunday February 8, 2015 at 2 pm. The film will be shown on a wall-size screen with introduction by OPA member Mikie Boyd. There will be free popcorn, too. A delightful way to spend a winter Sunday afternoon.

Mark your calendars to reserve dates for the upcoming Classic Films:

Sunday March 8, 2015. 2 pm—The Razor’s Edge

Sunday April 12, 2015. 2 pm—The Concert

Sunday May 10, 2015. 2 pm—In Harm’s Way

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