Category: Films


I. Extracts from Strangers on a Train :

1) Opening sequence :

2) A perfect murder :


*wanderlust = envie de voir le monde, bougeotte

= to have itchy feet

Listen again to the dialogue (it’s in the « audio box » at the bottom of this page) :

The Birds


Click on 1930s (mots-clefs) for other relevant documents

Steinbeck’s book is still relevant today > click here : In Steinbeck’s footsteps

(You’ll find the audio file of the video documentary in the audio Box under « Terminale » at the bottom of the page)

 The Grapes of Wrath:  (Les Raisins de la Colère)  is a beautiful film made about that period and based on Steinbeck’s novel.

Pour savoir comment prononcer « WRATH », cliquez ici

You can view  the trailer of  The Village of the Damned again and practise the prononciation :

Click here for : BBC plot summary

 » IT’S ALIVE!!!  «  (3 seconds)   Frankenstein's monster



you can view Frankenweenie again on U Tube:  PART I



Now, if you have 4 minutes you can watch an extract from a parody of Frankenstein.

The monster is alone and rejected by all but one day he meets an old hermit who is blind (aveugle) and lonely and who offers to share his meal with him.  As the creature can’t speak the old man thinks he is dumb (muet).  He gives him hot soup, wine and a cigar, but the creature runs away before the old man can serve expresso! (I wonder why…)


have fun!  Laughing Out Loud


This woman here is the bride of Frankenstein’s creature. See the connection with the end of Frankenweenie?

Love at first sight!


Voici un diaporama (fait par des bibliothécaires) qui passe en revue le genre fantasy/horror (des classiques à aujourd’hui)  que nous avons abordé en classe : instruisez-vous!  N.B. on peut ne pas être d’accord avec leur analyse des goûts des clients ! (patrons = clientèle)

Si cela vous intéresse vous pouvez aussi visionner celui-ci :

lien vers le diaporama

 OHIO a protest song by Neil Young (listen to the clip)

Here is a mini slideshow to complement what we are doing  in class:

Vietnam War(version PDF)

How to turn marines into killing machines :

aucun doublage ne vaut l’original … « You got a war face? Let me see your war face. You don’t scare me. Work on it! » war face?

Books & films inspired by 1984

Terry Gillian’s visionary film :


« It’s only a state of mind… »


V for Vendetta :

V for Vendetta

which was adapted from a graphic novel (roman graphique = longue B.D.) by Alan Moore :

V for vendetta


CORRIGE TRADUCTION The World Enters America




I’ve selected 2 slide shows  for you so you can learn a bit more about this topic :

1°) An excellent slide show containing videos about immigrants, Ellis Island and Angel Island (« the Ellis Island of the west » ( i.e. in California) where Asian immigrants were processed) :

2°) In this slide show you will see photos of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, most of them different from the ones I showed you in class :

 charlie_chaplin, the little tramp

 THE IMMIGRANT by CHARLIE CHAPLIN : to  view the film :



Terminales L : remember the reference to this novel by Thomas Hardy in the short story that we are studying at the moment? You can view here some of the pictures from the BBC adaptation of the novel (we don’t see the letter scene in this « trailer » but, anyway, it will give you an idea of the atmosphere of the novel)

– Nice soundtrack*, I think… :                                                         (*bande son)


> « SPOILER » : quand vous voyez ce mot, cela veut dire que la fin est révélée (cela vient du verbe spoil/spoilt/spoilt = gâcher) : you have been warned!

Xmas spirit

The snowman by Raymond Briggs

Avez-vous gardé votre âme d’enfant? Are you still a child at heart?

If you are, you will probably enjoy this beautiful voice singing :  « Walking in the air ».  The Snowman is a popular English  children’s book adapted for the screen.  In this clip the young hero is flying to the country of snowmen in the north pole.  At one stage you can see them flying over Brighton, a seaside town in south east England.

Here is a clip from The Snowman by Raymond Briggs  (Unfortunately the images are not that clear)


If you like the clip and want to watch the rest, click on the picture on the left.  It’s mute (c’est muet) so you won’t have any problem understanding the story! There is just a short introduction by David Bowie.  

Ethel and ErnestRaymond Briggs has written other stories:   a graphic novel about his parents’ life (Ethel & Ernest) and a sad story about a nuclear holocaust in the UK.  (When the Wind Blows). (click on the pictures to know more) 

When the wind blows(si cela vous intéresse il est possible de visionner une partie de When the Wind Blows sur YOU TUBE, mais du coup nous ne sommes plus vraiment dans le « Christmas spirit » (sorry!) – Lisez l’article suivant ensuite pour vous y replonger …


Carnivale (La caravane de l’étrange) est  une excellente série qui met en scène l’éternel combat du Bien et du Mal. Du fantastique sur fond de Grande Dépression aux USA.

Le générique (opening credits) vaut le coup d’oeil:

 Angela’s Ashes is a book by Irish author Frank McCourt. It tells the story of his childhood in Brooklyn and Ireland. The book was published in 1996 and  won the Pulitzer Prize

Angela's Ashes

 The film (1999), based on the book, was directed by Alan Parker (Midnight Express, Mississipi Burning) 

« When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all.  It was, of course, a miserable childhood : the happy childhood is hardly worth your while.  Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic Childhood. »

So begins the memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland.

Angela’s Ashes was followed by another autobiographical novel : ‘Tis

seaman« WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH A DRUNKEN SAILOR, early in the morning? … Hurrey and up she rises,hurrey and up she rises … »

Sur un  air traditionnel Irlandais cette chanson très célèbre  était chantée lorsque les marins levaient l’ancre ou hissaient une voile (« and Up She Rises »).

master & commander  Les marins, qui avaient la vie très dure à l’époque, la chantaient pour se donner du courage.  Peut-être que l’équipage du célèbre  CAPTAIN COOK, le grand explorateur, la chantait car elle était autorisée par la Royal Navy.

[Ex. sur les temps à partir de la vie de  James Cook]

.  On peut aussi imaginer la chasse à Moby Dick sur cet air là: 

MD illustrated  by Rockwell Kent

MD illustrated by Rockwell Kent

Voici une version des Irish Rovers, mais il y a d’autres versions…


Autre idée de lecture si vous aimez la fantasy :  Ship of Magic


Charlie Chaplin’s unforgettable « table ballet »  in the film The Gold Rush (La ruée vers l’or) (1925)

😦  Petite note moins amusante:

La ruée vers l’or au 19ème siècle précipita l’extermination des Indiens sur le continent nord Américain…