Over the years I've built some art units based on movies such as
Labyrinth, Little Buddha, The Dark Crystal, and Lust for Life. Of
course I've shown more "documentary" types of movies on Chuck Close,
George Segal, Frieda Kahlo, etc.
I recently watched "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" which is a
fictionalized account based on Vermeer's painting by the same name.
While it's a visually beautiful film, the pace is too slow to really
catch and hold my students' attention.
Do any of you (probably teaching in private schools where you have a
little more academic freedom) have any "feature films" you'd really
recommend? What I love about DVDs now is the extra stuff
included--seeing all the "how to" segments re: model and mask making,
set design, lighting effects, and so on can spark all sorts of