Release year: 1967
Director: Robert Mulligan
Watched: Apr 09, 2013
An uptown, upper class teacher with a degree from a prestigious university decides to take the opportunity to teach in a ghetto school. It goes as these kinds of films do these days. But its depiction of the students and interaction with the teacher are as visceral and maybe realer than that in The Breakfast Club. But TBC goes into deeper exploration of characters than this.
Up the Down Staircase has the teacher focus on 4-5 students individually and touches the surface of their problems. Imagine it as a pure and goody-good teacher being afraid to look too deep for fear of being sucked in to their problems. It ends up as like most cases in real life - nothing really memorable happens, in the end, because neither party went far enough in their interaction.
Edited by Waker, 12 October 2014 - 10:39 PM.