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  • 1. “We begin reading books for fun and from curiosity. We first read novels or watch films as a means of entertainment and later we realize that we get to know so many people and we can learn about their innermost feelings, their way of thinking and their thoughts. No human being could be so honest and open- hearted to reveal their entire soul and mind like a book, especially a novel! Thus, we begin to look for the people we know or would like to know in novels and films and we are taught valuable lessons by being shown clear-cut differences between right and wrong, beauty and ugliness, kindness and meanness, the real and the fake …and we discover that some characters are similar to our age,
  • 2. Little Women A 1994 American drama film whose screenplay is based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. The film focuses on the March sisters - beautiful Meg, tempestuous Jo, tender Beth and romantic Amy - growing up in Concord, Massachusetts during and after the American Civil War. With their father away fighting in the war, the girls struggle with major and minor problems under the guidance of their strong-willed mother. As a means of escaping some of their problems, the sisters revel in performing in romantic plays written by Jo in their attic theater. From the scene we learn that, regardless of external circumstances, we should work hard and do our best to maintain a happy family life, full of excitement.
  • 3. Andreea Barbu, Evelina Barbu, Elena Dragomir and Rebecca Petre , 11th grade, “Nicolae Iorga” Theoretical High School, Nehoiu
  • 4. The Importance of Being Earnest A 2002 British- American romantic comedy - drama film, based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners play of the same name. Marriage is of paramount importance in The Importance of Being Earnest, both as a primary force motivating the plot and as a subject for philosophical speculation and debate. Even Lady Bracknell’s list of bachelors and the prepared interview to which she subjects Jack are based on a set of assumptions about the nature and purpose of marriage. In general, these assumptions reflect the conventional preoccupations of Victorian respectability- social position, income, and character informing us about the hypocrisy and shallowness of the upper-class society.
  • 5. Damaris Vlad (11th grade) and Ştefan Dinu (10th grade), “Nicolae Iorga” Theoretical High School, Nehoiu
  • 6. Jane Eyre The 1847 novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë, has frequently been adapted for film, radio, television and theatre, and has inspired a number of rewritings and reinterpretations. Jane Eyre is the plain, impoverished young woman who is hired by Mr. Rochester through Mrs. Fairfax to work as a governess for Adele. Jane has strong internal passions and shows her strength in character in expressing her opinions while Rochester is the Byronic anti-hero who is tortured and tormented by family troubles, past injustices and secrets. The scene teaches us about two people, Mr. Rochester and Jane, who find an affinity for each other, allow themselves to fall in love and their feelings are strong enough to survive anything.
  • 7. Amorina Negru and Ştefan Păun , 11th grade, “Nicolae Iorga” Theoretical High School, Nehoiu
  • 8. Caesar and Cleopatra A play written in 1898 by George Bernard Shaw, was the basis for a lavish 1945 motion picture starring Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh and produced by Gabriel Pascal. Shaw wants to prove that it was not love but politics that drew Cleopatra to Julius Caesar. He sees the Roman occupation of ancient Egypt as similar to the British occupation that was occurring during his time. Caesar understands the importance of good government, and values these things above art and love. The scene is a lesson about the beautiful, ambitious and clever woman who was the queen of Egypt.
  • 9. Alexandra Mareş and Dragoş Oancea, 11th grade, “Nicolae Iorga” High School, Nehoiu
  • 10. The Great Gatsby A 2013 Australian-American3D drama film based on Francis Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. The mysterious central character is the self-made Jay Gatsby, a millionaire bootlegger who in the summer of 1922 lives at West Egg, the township outside Manhattan on Long Island Sound where the nouveaux riches have built their mansions. Across the bay at East Egg are the grand houses of the old- money people, among them the rich, brutal, Ivy League philistine Tom Buchanan, husband of the southern belle Daisy, whom Gatsby courted as an officer and temporary gentleman in the first world war. After losing her to Buchanan because he was penniless, he now seeks to recapture her. The scene teaches us about the strong emotions of an ever-burning desire, the intensity of an obsessive love reunited.
  • 11. Diana Oprea, Amalia Posea and Bianca Balea, 10th grade, “Nicolae Iorga” Theoretical High School, Nehoiu
  • 12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles The 1998 BBC drama is the best adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1891 novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles in which the class differences, as well as the moral of society, are hostile to people’s natural aspiration for happiness. The scene follows Angel’s return from Brazil, in search of his abandoned wife. When Tess appears, Angel pleads for her forgiveness and tells her that he has learned to accept her as she is and desperately wants her to come back to him. Brokenhearted, Tess replies that it is too late. Thinking Angel would never come back for her, she gave in to Alec ‘s desires and is now under his protection. A tragic lesson about the importance of forgiveness and acceptance in the name of love when it is no longer possible to change anything.
  • 13. Alexandra Aanei (9th grade) and Nicolae Cristian (10th grade), “Radu Vlădescu” Theoretical High School
  • 14. “Scent of a Woman” Adapted from the novel “Il buio e Il miele” (Italian :”Darkness and Honey”), “Scent of a Woman” is a 1992 American drama that tells the story of a preparatory school student - Charles O’ Donnel - who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible , blind, medically retired Army officer, Frank Slade and becomes his friend. In the final speech, meant to defend his young friend, Charlie, in front of a disciplinary committee, the colonel shares the following lessons: leaders are made of courage and integrity, you should never let anyone kill your spirit and, when you come to the crossroads, follow your heart, stand up for those you believe in and do what you think is right.
  • 15. ( Andrei Mirea, 11th grade, “Radu Vlădescu” Theoretical High School
  • 16. The Devil Wears Prada A 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger' s 2003 novel of the same name. Andrea Sachs is an aspiring journalist fresh out of Northwestern University who, despite her ridicule for the shallowness of the fashion industry, lands a job "a million girls would kill for" : Junior personal assistant to Miranda Priestly, the icy editor-in-chief of Runway, the best fashion magazine in the country. The scene teaches us that, even if one may encounter obstacles, challenges and restrictions in work life, especially at the beginning of one’s career, one shouldn’t give up without a fight. Also, being size 0 and wearing fashionable clothes is not enough, anyone who is smart and strong can become successful.
  • 17. Ioana Cristali, Alexandra Găzdaru and Bianca Ologu, 10th grade, “Radu Vlădescu” Theoretical High School
  • 18. Stepmom A 1998 comedy-drama about a divorced couple that are struggling to help their children Anna and Ben be happy with this sudden change of lifestyle. This is far from easy, as their father is living with his new girlfriend, a successful fashion photographer several years his junior. The real and the “stepmother” clash repeatedly, largely over parenting styles. This becomes evident when Ben goes missing on Isabel's watch and Jackie claims that she has never lost him, which in the following scene she admits to be untrue. However, following the diagnosis of Jackie’s terminal lymphoma, they manage to establish a shaky truce, as both Jackie and Isabel come to terms with the fact that Isabel will soon step into the role of surrogate mother. The two women finally bond when Isabel reveals her admiration of Jackie's maternal instincts, while Jackie in turn praises Isabel's "hipness" as a means to connect with Anna. A lesson about devotion, sacrifice and wisdom, all in the name of love.
  • 19. Daniela Diaconu and Bianca Popa, 11th grade, “Radu Vlădescu” Theoretical High School
  • 20. Up in the Air A 2009 American comedy-drama film, an adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by Walter Kirn. The story is centered on a corporate "downsizer" Ryan Bingham and his travels. The film follows his isolated life and philosophies and the people he meets along the way. Ryan Bingham works for the Career Transitions Corporation. He makes his living travelling to workplaces in the U. S. and informing workers of their dismissals in place of their employers, who fear doing it themselves. Part-time, Ryan also delivers motivational speeches, using the metaphor "What's In Your Backpack?" to extol the virtues of a life free of burdens like relationships with people as well as things, arguing that the best way to live is to travel light, with little to hold one down.
  • 21. Adelin Duţu, 9th grade, “Radu Vlădescu” Theoretical High Scho
  • 22. An Education A 2009 coming-of-age drama film, based on a memoir of the same name by British journalist Lynn Barber. In 1961 London, Jenny Mellor is a 16-year-old schoolgirl on track to get accepted to Oxford University when she meets a charming Jewish businessman, David Goldman, who pursues her romantically. He takes her to concerts, clubs, and fine restaurants, and easily charms her parents into approving of the relationship. David takes Jenny to Paris as a birthday gift. When David proposes marriage, Jenny accepts and leaves school. She then discovers David is already married. When she reveals her discovery to David, he drops out of sight. Jenny despairs, feeling she has thrown her life away, but with the help of her favourite teacher, resumes her studies and is accepted at Oxford the following year. Both scenes emphasize the importance of education in life.
  • 23. Andreea Pîrvu and Maria Văduva, 10th grade, “Radu Vlădescu” Theoretical High School
  • 24. Maria Văduva and Vanessa Voinescu, 10th grade, “Radu Vlădescu” Theoretical High School
  • 25. The Godfather A 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on Mario Puzo's 1969 novel of the same name, the film stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a fictional New York crime family. The story, spanning the years 1945 to 1955, centers on the transformation of Michael Corleone from reluctant family outsider to ruthless Mafia boss while also chronicling the family under the patriarch Vito Corleone. Widely regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinema and as one of the most influential, especially in the gangster genre, it was ranked as the second greatest film in American cinema. In the scene, the ageing patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
  • 26. LlLaurenţiu Mihăilă and Bogdan Hagiu, 10th grade, “Radu Vlădescu” Theoretical High School
  • 27. Pirates of the Caribbean A series of fantasy adventure films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on Walt Disney's theme park ride of the same name. The franchise's second film, subtitled Dead Man's Chest, was released in 2006; the sequel proved successful, breaking financial records worldwide the day of its premiere. It ended up being the number one film of the year upon earning $1,066,179,725 at the worldwide box office. The scene was chosen because it is one of the children’s favourite films and they happily agreed to try to learn and act together in English. They also wanted to mix the pleasure of watching the film with learning a few lines in English.
  • 28. Dumitrache Cristian , Hoacă Adina, Holeoleo Vlad, Pîrvu Mihai, Șerban Gabriela and Șerban Ștefania (5th grade), “Sf. Mucenic Sava” High School, Berca
  • 29. My First Audition Written by Mary Brotherton, available at male-monologues/my-first-audition/, it is not a part of a film but it has an interesting title and topic for anyone who wants to learn English better and to enrich their vocabulary.
  • 30. Cosmina Băducu (4th grade), “Sf. Mucenic Sava” High School, Berca
  • 31. Pride and Prejudice Written by Deborah Moggach, based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same name, Pride and Prejudice is a delightful film and an even lovelier book. First published in 1813, the story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. The scene of Mr Collins’ Proposal to Elizabeth teaches us that being humble is sometimes a good thing but it is almost never an advantage.
  • 32. Muşat Bianca (7th grade) , Mihalache Gabriela ( 8th grade), Bălălău Cristiana and Răican Alexandra (9th grade), “Sf. Mucenic Sava” High School, Berca
  • 33. The Addams Family The Addamses are a satirical inversion of the ideal American family; an eccentric, wealthy clan who delight in the macabre and are unaware (or simply do not care) that people find them bizarre or frightening. Addams Family Values (released on November 19, 1993) used far more grotesque humor that strove to keep the original spirit of the Addams cartoons. The scene is a hopefully amusing way of improving your English pronunciation.
  • 34. Mihai Ene, 10th grade, “Sf. Mucenic Sava” High School, Berca ,
  • 35. CSI Neverland A monologue called”Neverland 911” from the play ”CSI Neverland”. The monologue of the operator can be found here: Mono 02.htm. We like the scene because it seems to be a trick played on someone as a joke. Practise it if you too love to learn mixing serious work with pleasure.
  • 36. Bianca Muşat , 7th grade, “Sf. Mucenic Sava” High School, Berca
  • 37. Thank you all for acting, thank you all for being here! Special thanks to
  • 38. “Nicolae Iorga” Theoretical High School, Nehoiu
  • 39. “Radu Vlădescu” Theoretical High School, Pătârlagele
  • 40. “Sf. Mucenic Sava” Technological High School, Berca