Tuesday, July 17, 2007

To Sir, with Love

Tonight I went to Bryant Park for the weekly Monday night movie. This week it was To Sir, with Love. It's a 1967 classic starring Sidney Poitier, and it's about an inner-city high school with white troublemaker students and a black teacher. I guess that makes it a bit of a reversal, compared to modern movies.

We didn't really watch much of the actual movie. Jeanne fell asleep, then Steph and I chatted through a lot of the rest of it. (Yeah, I know, don't worry, I get annoyed when people talk through movies too. But a '60s movie projected onto a big screen in a park in the middle of midtown Manhattan isn't exactly a quiet setting.) But from what I did see, I think Michelle Pfeiffer is in it, and then they teach the at-risk youth to respect each other and that basketball isn't the only way out of the "ghetto." Then (interspersed with scenes of the kids' abusive-slash-neglectful parents in run-down apartments, of course), the teachers show the students that they, too, can write fictional masterpieces and even learn to ballroom dance. But in the end the kids end up teaching the teachers a thing or two themselves. ;-)

In all seriousness though, it seems like To Sir With Love was the original in this oft-repeated, oft-mocked genre. Maybe I should have payed more attention at Bryant Park.

The real reason for my entry is to say that watching a movie on the lawn in Bryant Park is definitely as cool as I thought it would be. If you live in NYC or are ever in NYC on a Monday night in the summer, you've got to go. It's a NY experience that shouldn't be missed. Don't forget to bring a bottle of wine.

Oh, also, I much prefer Natalie Merchant's remake of the song "To Sir With Love" over Lulu's version. Just putting that out there.

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