The History Boys vs. Notes on a Scandal

I had to opportunity to see two British films with secondary school settings within the past year. The History Boys, which was adapted from a screenplay. and Notes on a Scandal, originally a novel. The History Boys centred on a selected few of higher achievers of Upper Six students preparing for a place at Oxbridge, Notes focused on a school presumably with a more working class setting. What is interesting was several taboo themes that exist in the “real” non-film world of education. Homosexuality, of both the teachers as well as students and Teacher-student love affair.

英國人保守乎?抑或是開放乎? 本人最近觀看兩齣英國電影其內容皆是在吾國會成為爭議性的話題。退一步說,基本上這類題材的電影在本地上畫不易。說社會保守也罷、宗教也罷 就是沒有這樣的空間。當然我不是認同電影裏那些不同學生的越軌行為,只不過這些現實社會裡的問題,咱們還沒膽量放到公眾空間裡談論。

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