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SUBJECTS — Science-Technology; World/France; Biography/Curie;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Female Role Model; Grieving;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility.
Age: 10+; Not Rated; Drama; 1943; 124 minutes; Black & White.
This is a reasonably accurate film biography showing the early scientific work of Marie Curie (1867 - 1934) and her romance with her husband. Marie Curie discovered radioactivity and was the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in science. She was the preeminent female scientist of the 20th century. This film shows the joy and drudgery of scientific investigation. It will inspire children, both boys and girls, to become scientists. It is an excellent supplement to science classes.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Madame Curie suggests ways to use this film to teach physics. It also provides background about Marie Curie and discussion questions which explore the themes of the film.
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Madame Curie introduces children to the most remarkable female scientist of the 20th century.
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Quick Discussion Starter: Before children see this film, get them interested and put the film into historical context by mentioning two things: 1) before Marie Curie, no one had demonstrated that energy could come spontaneously from changes within an atom; Marie Curie discovered radioactivity; 2) the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in science was a woman, Marie Curie.
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