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Dead Poets Society - a great film, but a disappointing book
Reviewed in Canada on April 5, 2001
I've watched the movie several times in German before we watched it in our English class. I think, the movie is great. It makes you feel as if you were part of some of the scenes, because the director uses good methods to set the film into action. The actors are doing a good job, because you can see how they feel and you can identify with the students. The story is very exciting and interesting and shows you what school was like in these days. It makes you understand that you should enjoy life instead of working and studying so hard that you get exhausted. We read the book too, but I find it very disappointing, because it is almost exactly like the film, except that the emotions of the characters aren't shown that well. If I had been the author, I would have put more detail and more emotions into the story to make it more interesting, if you watched the film before. Anyways, if you watch the film in English class, it is very helpful to have the book to read the scenes you watched before, because you get a better understanding of them. In the end I can just recommend the movie and say: "CARPE DIEM!"