Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)HD Closed Captioning
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About the Film
Academy Award-honoree Peter O'Toole ("Venus," "Lawrence of Arabia") stars in this musical classic about a prim English schoolmaster who learns to show his compassion through the help of an outgoing showgirl. O'Toole, who received his fourth Oscar-nomination for this performance, is joined by '60s pop star Petula Clark ("Finian's Rainbow") and fellow Oscar-nominee Michael Redgrave ("The Lady Vanishes," "The Hill"). Directed by Oscar-nominee Herbert Ross ("The Vanishing Point," "Play it Again, Sam," "The Sunshine Boys").
A Time Gone By
This is a film which has been a viewing habit for me since childhood, thanks to my Father's love of it. I am biased in its favour because of that, but it is very much "of its time", not the sort of film that is made nowadays. Some will think it twee, and I can see why. But the story is a classic and has had many tellings. There are other versions of this film. None that were a musical though. The music by Leslie Bricusse is beautiful, evocative of England in the 60's, ranging from London stage shows, through Greece and into an English public school. Quite a journey, but it works. Do not expect thrills and spills. Do expect excellent writing, superb acting and scenery which encapsulates a sector of English life which is otherwise not much celebrated. And if you are prepared to engage with the characters then the heartstrings of your emotions will be plucked. My children now watch it with me, and enjoy it as much as I did at their age. I heartily recommend.