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HANDEL'S LAST CHANCE
SUBJECTS — Biography/Handel; Music/Classical; World/England;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Talent;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Caring.
Age: 6 - 12; Not Rated; Drama; 1996; 51 minutes; Color.
As the film opens, the career of George Frideric Handel is in tatters. Invited to Dublin to present the premiere of a new choral work, The Messiah, he can't find singers adequate for the job. Then Handel meets Jamie O'Flaherty, a street urchin with a beautiful voice. The two save each other. The movie is one of the award-winning Composers' Specials. The film features Handel's music throughout.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Handel's Last Chance will help teachers introduce children to Handel by revealing where historical truth ends and fiction begins, providing background information about Handel and suggesting discussion questions to illustrate the themes of the film.
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Handel's Last Chance is an excellent introduction to George Frideric Handel and one of his greatest compositions, The Messiah. It will help children understand and appreciate classical music and its history in England. The appearance in the film of Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver's Travels is an extra bonus.
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The composition of The Messiah in 1741 marked the end of Handel's work in Italian opera. The premise of this film that Handel had fallen on hard times, needed something new to revive his career and found it in The Messiah is consistent with the historical record. The Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742.
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