Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Interested in a stimulating, intelligent, spirited conversation about movies?
Join fellow film lovers at BMFI for lively discussions of current films. BMFI
staff and trained volunteers regularly lead informal discussions of one of the main
attraction films currently being screened. The groups meet for an hour in the
Multimedia Room after selected screenings. No preregistration is required, and
the film to be discussed is noted on BMFI's website several days before the
discussion. The discussions are free with your ticket stub from the film! The
films to be discussed and discussion meeting times will be listed here, so
check back often!
Questions for Your Own Film Discussion
We've all been there. You're having coffee with some friends after seeing one of
the fascinating films at Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and you desperately want to
discuss it, but don't know where to start. Well, look no further! Use the questions
below to jump-start your own discussion of whatever intriguing movie you just saw
at BMFI. And if you use them to converse about movies you see at home or at
(Gasp!) other theaters, we won't mind. You can also find these questions in the
theater atrium, in case you want to grab a copy next time you're at your favorite
of Questions for
Your Own Film Discussions
- What was the theme of the film?
- What was the filmmaker trying to tell us? Was he/she successful?
- What were you thinking as you finished watching the film?
- Would you recommend this movie to a friend? Explain your reasons.
- What part of the story told by the movie was the most powerful? Why?
- Does anything about the main character's mental state, behavior, world
view, or faith, as evidenced by his/her thoughts, statements, and actions,
strike you as particularly noteworthy, unusual, or interesting?
- What comment is the author trying to make about the culture of the characters
in this story?
- One way to think about the significance of a film is by assessing the power
of its commentary on the human condition. What comment is being made in this
movie about what it is to be human?
- Since film is a composition of images, which specific shots reveal something
important to the story line? Describe the shot and explain its contribution
to the story.