Notes on Movies for Which a Learning Guide has Not
Been Written -- Titles Starting with the Letter "V"


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Vanya on 42nd Street    (1999) MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material; Louis Malle.    This is a good and sensitive adaptation of the Chekov play. We enjoyed it thoroughly. It is not something that would appeal to children unless they are studying the play in school. But who studies Chekov in high school? It seems to us to be college level material. [PD] (JAF)

Verbena Tragica    (1939) No MPAA Rating; Director: Charles Lamont.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

The Verdict    (1982) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Sidney Lumet.    This film gives an unrealistic portrayal of the legal process. See the section on this movie in Reel Justice [NR] (JAF)

Vertigo    (1958) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Alfred Hitchcock.    This film is ranked #61 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. A teacher who is an expert at using film in the classroom has developed a way to use scenes from this movie for certain activities. See Reading in the Dark, by John Golden, 2001, National Council of Teachers of English.

Victims For Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story    (1984) No MPAA Rating; Director: Karen Arthur.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Victor/Victoria    (1982) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Blake Edwards.    This film is ranked #76 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006).

Victory    (1981) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: John Huston.    Trivializes the holocaust, downplays the complicity of the German military in the atrocities of WW II. [Indelible Shadows] [NR]

A View from the Bridge    (1961) No MPAA Rating; Director: Sidney Lumet.    This film is based on the play of the same name by Arthur Miller. It was Miller's response to Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront, which was an unsuccessful attempt by Kazan to justify his actions in testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee. In claiming that "On the Waterfront" was a defense to his actions in testifying, Kazan tried to equate testifying before an investigating committee about illegal activities in a labor union with testifying about the legal political activities of citizens. "A View from the Bridge" was also set among dock-workers. The main character informed on two illegal immigrants for selfish motives. Miller tried to equate being an illegal immigrant with legal political activities. Miller provides an unforgettable description of a conversation with Kazan, in which Kazan unsuccessfully sought Miller's approval for his decision to testify. See pages 332 - 335 of Timebends, Miller's autobiography. For more on the Red Scares of the late 1940s and early 1950s, see the Learning Guides to "The Crucible" and "High Noon".

The Vikings    (1958) No MPAA Rating; Director: Richard Fleischer.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

The Village    (2004) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a scene of violence and frightening situations; Director: M. Night Shyamalan.    Suggested by a TWM User.

Vincent: The Life And Death Of Vincent Van Gogh    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The Virgin Queen    (1955) No MPAA Rating; Director: Henry Koster.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Viva Maria!    (1965) No MPAA Rating; Director: Louis Malle.     This comedy has little curriculum related content, a lot of flesh, and winks at promiscuity. It is not a teaching tool. [ITO] (JAF)

Volcano    (1997) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense depiction of urban disaster and related injuries; Director: Mick Jackson.    Suggested by a teacher for grades 9-12. TWM has a Snippet Lesson Plan for this film.

Volver    (2006) MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content and language; Director: Pedro Almodóvar    This is an excellent, and in many ways profound, mystery. The movie is in Spanish with subtitles. It is an adult film dealing with adultery, murder and child abuse. There is no violence shown on the film and very little sex. This movie exudes love through every pore. It shows how women can survive and be loving despite horrendous circumstances. [NR] (JAF & DEF)



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