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November 12 2014 4 12 /11 /November /2014 14:43

We've watched a small part of a film called Ruby Bridges.


We've watched the end of this extract:

and the beginning of this one:

Lucas and Quentin wrote about these 2 extracts : "There was a little black girl going to school in a police car with her mother. She was about 6 years old. She didn't smile and she didn't cry. There was a police car in front of them and one behind them. There were 4 bodyguards, 4 US marshals.


There were racist people outside a school waiting for Ruby Bridges. They were angry, furious, mad and crazy. They were shouting and screaming because they didn't want a black girl in an all-white school.
The little black girl spent her first day at school in the secretary's office with her mother.
It took place in the state of Louisiana in 1960 in the USA."


Tom and Baptiste wrote about Ruby's second day at school : "Ruby was escorted on her second day at school. The 4 US marshals carried guns because Ruby needed protection. She was in danger.

There was demonstration outside her new school. People were holding signs ("No coloured here" or "Go home"). A racist man spat at Ruby.

Her teacher was Mrs Henry. She was white but she wasn't racist. She was from Boston, in the north of the USA. She took Ruby by the hand.
There were no other pupils in Ruby's classroom. She was alone with her teacher.
Two federal policemen sat outside her classroom."

Mathis and Clément wrote about her third day at school : "On her third day, Ruby went to school without her mother. Four US marshals drove Ruby to school. Ruby was wearing white only.

There was a demonstration again. There were barricades outside William Frantz school. White people were shouting and screaming. They were holding signs ("No coloured here" or "White only"). A racist woman spat on Ruby's white dress. Some white people were crying. An angry mother threatened to kill Ruby. She said: "I'm going to hang you."

"Nigger" and "KKK" were written on the school building. Someone threw a tomato. I think Ruby was courageous."

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June 18 2012 2 18 /06 /June /2012 15:27

Johnny English is a 2003 action comedy film parodying the James Bond films. The film stars Rowan Atkinson, alias Mr Bean.

Here's the trailer:

Who is Johnny English's assistant?

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December 2 2010 5 02 /12 /December /2010 06:24

Here's the last part:


Is it a happy ending or a sad one?
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December 1 2010 4 01 /12 /December /2010 14:34

Here's the second part:


What 's wrong with Tiny Tim?
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June 20 2010 1 20 /06 /June /2010 17:12

If you've enjoyed watching Matilda by Danny DeVito, read last year's article. Click here.




What is the name of the Principal in Matilda's school ?

Agatha Trunchbull 2



Gongrats Amélie and Julia ! Her name is Mrs Trunchbull indeed.


Now, here's another question for you : What is Matilda's surname ?

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December 23 2009 4 23 /12 /December /2009 07:15
Here's Walt Disney Xmas movie. It is adapted from the book entitled A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

It is the story of a miserly, cold and unfeeling, old man whose name is Ebenezer Scrooge and his holiday conversion and redemption after being visited by four ghosts on Xmas Eve.

Who plays Mr Scrooge ?

Jim Carey
is Mister Scrooge. Well done Jessy (8A) !

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June 17 2009 4 17 /06 /June /2009 12:32
The Thames Barrier is a large flood control structure on the river Thames in London. Its purpose is to prevent London from being flooded by an exceptionally high tide moving up from the sea, often associated with a storm.

Its construction began in 1974 and ended in 1982. It is situated downstream of central London at Woolwich  Reach.

River Thames Flood Barrier

Flood is a 2007 disaster film
The film depicts a devastating flood which strikes London when the Thames Barrier is overwhelmed by a storm and a huge surge of water.

It features Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty), Jessalyn Gilsig, David Suchet and British actor Tom Courtenay.

The film is based on the 2002 novel, Flood written by Richard Doyle.

The film was shot on location in London and South Africa.

flooded central London

The special effects are stunning. They depict famous London landmarks such as Big Ben, the London Underground, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the Dome, the O2 being partially submerged under water.

the London Eye... of the storm

Twenty-six studio sets were constructed with built-in water effects to shoot the actors in a wide range of flood sequences. Miniature sets in water tanks were used to shoot larger flooded buildings such as the Thames Barrier, London Underground and car parks. Computer generated visual effects were used to create shots of flooded London by combining shots of London with digitally created water. Locations in Cape Town were used for Whitehall, the Scottish coastline, London Underground and the Thames Barrier.

Here is the trailer :

Phew, we had a narrow escape !

By the way, what does "flood" mean ?
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May 15 2009 6 15 /05 /May /2009 07:00

The Boondocks
is an American animated television series created by Aaron McGruder and based upon McGruder's comic strip of the same name.

The Boondocks is a social satire of African-American culture, race relations and stereotypes in the world.

It tells the story of the lives of the Freeman family  which is composed of :

- ten-year-old Huey who is the main character,

- his younger brother, eight-year-old Riley,

-and their grandfather, Robert.


Huey and his brother Riley  who both grew up on the south side of Chicago, were moved to the peaceful, predominately white suburb of Woodcrest by their grandfather.

A new beginning by Aaron McGruder (see New Live 3e, page 76)

Here is the opening to the season 1 :

 So get ready to talk about Aaron McGruder and his Boondocks in class.
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March 29 2009 1 29 /03 /March /2009 09:34

All year 7 pupils watched the film Matilda last January.

Matilda is a novel by Roald Dahl.  It was first published in London in 1988.

It was adapted into a film which was released in 1996. Danny DeVito is the director.

It is the story of a wonderful little girl, Matilda Wormwood, who is a genius, and her wonderful teacher, Miss Jennifer vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable, Agatha Trunchbull.

How many times was the film nominated for an award ?

How many awards did it finally win ?

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March 10 2009 3 10 /03 /March /2009 14:20
First, Michael Blake wrote a book called Dances with wolves in 1988. Then, in 1990 Kevin Costner, the famous American actor, turned the film into a huge cinema hit.

Dances with wolves
is an epic film which tells the story of a United States Army lieutenant, John J. Dunbar,  who went in seach of the American frontier in 1864 and found himself. (see webquest by Michelle Henry, J is for John Dunbar)

He eventually becomes friends with a Sioux tribe and a lonely wolf called " Socks".

The film which was both directed and produced by Kevin Costner, was released on November 9, 1990. It was nominated for 12 Oscars and won 7 Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture.

Much of the dialogue is in the Lakota language with English subtitles, which was unusual for a film at the time of its release. It was shot in South Dakota and Wyoming.

Here is the Dances with Wolves trailer :

And here's my new challenge for you, how do you say "buffalo" in Lakota ?

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