Not all movies are a waste of time. Combine entertainment with education, and bring these movies home to watch with your child.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The French Revolution,
the anger of the peasants, their hatred towards the aristocracy, the
guillotine… all this, and much more is covered in this brilliant movie. The central character of the film, Sir Percy Blakeney, is fictional, but one's interest in the French revolution is certainly revived. There are various versions of this movie, the 1980s version being the most popular.
Although children often learn about the great Roman reign in schools,
they will not get a sense of the sprit of the times until they learn
about gladiators. If your child is studying Roman history at school,
this would be a movie worth his time.
Ben Hur and Spartacus are two much older films that also touch on the gladiator
theme, and if possible, you could try and get your children to watch
these movies at around the same time. Spartacus lead a slave revolt and
at the time of his death, lead an army consisting of almost 120,000
people! Spartacus was a historical figure, although Ben Hur was fictional. The movieBen Hur touches on the topics of gladiators, row-boat slaves, Christ and, in the end, leprosy and the stigma attached to it.
Many students in India may never study Scottish history when they are in school, but this movie
is worth a watch. William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an
uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who
wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a
young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many
others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another
of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make
Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the
Bruce. William Wallace is one of Scotland's greatest national heroes,
undisputed leader of the Scottish resistance forces during the first
years of the long and ultimately successful struggle to free Scotland
from English rule at the end of the 13th Century.
The Ten Commandments
Although most of us here in India know the story of Jesus
Christ, not many know much about Moses. No one, adult or child, should
miss this magnificent movie.
The story centers around Moses, who, as an infant, was set adrift on
the Nile in a basket. The Egyptian Pharaoh's daughter rescues Moses and
adopts him. Moses grows up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti.
Seti likes Moses, and the princess Nefertiti falls in love with him.
Seti's son, Ramses, however, grows jealous of the attention showered on
Moses and starts nursing a fierce hatred for him. Ramses plots to have
Moses exiled from Egypt. Moses then makes his way across the desert
where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt
to free the Hebrews from slavery.
The Titanic, as all of us know, was a grand, luxurious
ship, that sank on its maiden voyage, taking with it many of the
world's richest people. The story centers around a few of the
passengers, and although the love story is a work of fiction, the great
disaster, isn't. Before this movie was released, numerous children, even those in their late teens, hadn't even heard of the Titanic. This movie brings another historical episode to the forefront.
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