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Carpe Diem with Dead Poets Society - A Classic and Great Film
The Dead Poets Society is a movie that works on so many levels to create a rich, rewarding experience for the viewer, so much so, that it's hard to begin to untangle the ways. Robin Williams in the lead as the teacher, John Keating, delivers the performance of a lifetime. The cast is, to a man, brilliant. The result is a delicious ensemble production that is a joy to watch and experience.
What's up with this "carpe diem?"
This is the film that brought the phrase "carpe diem" into everyday language. This is the film that demonstrated what a truly gifted actor Robin Williams really is. This is the film that brought the dead poets back to life. The movie was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture as well as Best Actor for Robin Williams. It received the award for Best Original Screenplay.
Williams seems uniquely suited for the role of the unconventional teacher at a rather stuffy prep school who has students stand up on desks and vow to "Seize the Day!." You won't find the wild and zany Williams here of Mork and Mindy. Instead, you'll find a thoughtful, passionate, and bold portrayal of a teacher and the deep impact his thoughts, words, and deeds have on his students. You'll want to jump onto the nearest table along with his students and cheer. You'll be empowered and emboldened. You'll be touched deeply at the tragic turn of events. You might even take a look at poetry. This is a movie that refuses to leave you untouched.
The quote below is from the movie and said by the lead character John Keating. (source IMDb)
They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.