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The Hobart Shakespeareans
The Hobart Shakespeareans
Actors: Ian McKellen, Michael York
Director: Mel Stuart
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2006     0hr 52min

Studio: New Video Group Release Date: 02/28/2006


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Actors: Ian McKellen, Michael York
Director: Mel Stuart
Creators: Alex Rotaru, Mel Stuart, Chad Baron, Tamara Blaich
Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Docurama
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/28/2006
Original Release Date: 09/06/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 09/06/2005
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 0hr 52min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Teaching the way it SHOULD be done, very inspiring!
K. Corn | Indianapolis,, IN United States | 07/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One teacher takes a group of kids from the roughest neighborhoods and not only gets them to put on a production of Hamlet each year but teaches them to learn, grow and believe in themselves, day in, day out. It isn't easy and the challenges are shown in detail but this teacher also shares his philosophy - and what a philosophy it is! He admits that he failed in his first years of teaching, watching as his former students failed in middle school.
But somehow he recreated his teaching method and, in the process, has inspired countless children, gotten actors like Ian McKellan and Michael York to visit his classroom (!) and taught children who'd had teachers give up on them that they were not doomed to failure. If more teachers were like this one, what a future generation we'd have!
Great family film....great film, period."
A must-see DVD -- A remarkable teacher
Miss | North Little Rock, Arkansas USA | 09/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary was remarkable--moving and inspiring. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were more teachers like Rafe Asquith! Not many are willing or able to take the time out of their personal lives that he does, but it's obvious that spending those Saturdays and taking those trips with his students are more important to him than spending free time at home. It's obvious, too, that he teaches not only facts, but values and life lessons. He CARES. I just loved him.

And "guest speakers" to his classroom weren't shabby--Michael York and Ian McKellen, who said that being there made him want to cry because the students felt the same way he does about Shakespeare.

The camera work was excellent, capturing the expressions on those kids' faces--the tears, the joy, the comprehension, the pride. A scene that particularly impressed me was the one when Asquith was reading from Huckleberry Finn. The camera focused on the face of one boy and as he listened, tears rolled down his cheeks. Others, equally moved, were also shown. It's amazing that the teacher made them FEEL that story so deeply and that these ten-year-old children grasped and empathized with the Huck's inner conflict at the thought of turning in his slave friend, Jim.

Some of the Amazon reviewers of Rafe Asquith's book were critical. Some of the teachers in his own school shunned him. I'm sure it was hard for them to compete. I taught in public schools, and I can understand how they felt. In all honesty, I was not dedicated to the degree that he is. I had children of my own and could not give that kind of extra time and effort to my career even though I loved teaching. But it's still inspiring to see the true story of such a remarkable teacher, and I think anyone could learn something from his approach to teaching.

Inspiring and moving
S. Golden | New York, NY | 01/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This PBS film should be viewed by everyone. It is motivational and inspiring. It truely defeats the "what can I do I'm only one person?" attitude. Makes you wish that all people had the same attitude as Rafe Esquith; the world would be a better place."
If those Middle Schoolers can do it, then you can, too
J. Jordan | Phoenix, AZ, USA | 11/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a high school English teacher. My students are always reluctant to tackle Shakespeare so I show this DVD first. I am not sure that this DVD inspires my students, but it does squelch the claim that Shakespeare is too difficult.

This DVD is extremely well produced and is very engaging."