Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Film Discussions

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 movie theater.

Printable Version of Questions for Your Own Film Discussions
  1. What was the theme of the film?
  2. What was the filmmaker trying to tell us? Was he/she successful?
  3. What were you thinking as you finished watching the film?
  4. Would you recommend this movie to a friend? Explain your reasons.
  5. What part of the story told by the movie was the most powerful? Why?
  6. 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?
  7. What comment is the author trying to make about the culture of the characters in this story?
  8. 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?
  9. 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.