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  • War will not tear us apart
  • Are Jane Austen's views on love and marriage still relevant today?

Topic: Love at war and unmarriageable

Theme: Encounters: Love and friendship

index

1. The Send-Off

2. Testament of Youth

3. The Holiday

4. Pride & Prejudice

5. Paths of Glory

6. Call Me by Your Name

7. You're My Waterloo

8. The end

9. Thanks!

the Send-Off

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The Send-Off is a poem written by Wilfred Owenn, a British poet known for his poems based on his experience as a soldier during the First World War. It deals with the soldiers who go to war knowing that they are in danger and may die but they don't accept this fate, the survivors will go home traumatized. The Send-Off is a dark and tragic poem but I really enjoyed when we studied it because I found it very poignant. Moreover, I probably had never read a text as complex as this so it was new and interesting for me!


Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth is a british drama released in 2014, the filmmaker is James Kent and the main actors are Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington and Taron Egerton. The movie is based on Vera Brittain's memoir, she recounts her youth during the first world war. Vera is a young woman who comes from a noble family, she wants to be independant and study but her family doesn't really agree.

She fall in love with a boy but he has to go to war...
The trailer makes want to watch the film immediatly, it looks moving and captivating.
I liked this document because I didn't know Vera Brittain and the movie Testament of Youth so I discovered a lot of interesting things for my personnal culture.

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In class, we have watched another trailer for the film The Holiday, a romance and a comedy. It was released in 2006, Nancy Meyers is the director and the main actors are Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black . The movie deals with an english woman called Iris and Amanda who is from U.S.A, they are broken-hearted. The two women don't know each other but they decide to exchange their houses to get away for a while.

Even if they wanted to be far away from men, the two girls will meet people...
I didn't find this trailer really interesting because it looks much less enthralling and profound than the previous. Nevertheless, I guess it makes sense because Testament of Youth takes place during the First World War which was a very hard time so it can't really be a funny movie. Therefore I think The Holiday is such a good film if we want to laugh and watch carefree love stories.

The Holiday

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Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice is a very famous romantic novel written by Jane Austen in 1813 and adapted into a film in 2005. The main actors are Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen, the director is Joe Wright. Mrs. Bennet and his husband have five daughters, they want to marry their second daughter Elizabeth to Mr. Collins, she refuses because she wants to be in love. She meets Mr. Darcy, they love each oter but they can't marry because he belongs to a different social class and he is already engaged... During the story we can observe Jane Austen's social environment (the gentry) as she perceived it, describing it with great realism. I found it really good to study Pride and Prejudice because it was very rewarding and we could discover who Jane Austen was.


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Paths Of Glory

Paths of Glory is an american movie directed by Stanley Kubrick and released in 1957, it is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb. The main actors are Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready and Ralph Meeker.

French soldiers are in the trenches facing the bellicose Germans, General Mireau order a suicidal attack anyway. I think it corresponds perfectly to the theme as it takes place during the First World War. Moreover, I have chosen this film because it depicts the absurdity of war and shows how it dehumanized some soldiers. This work shows what a genius director Stanley Kubrick was.

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Call Me By Your Name is a novel released in 2007 and written by André Aciman, an American writer of Italian-Turkish origin. We are in Italy in the 80s, Elio, a young American-Italian man spends his holidays in his family villa. The teenager and his parents accomodate a 24-year-old academic named Oliver. During these holidays Elio discovers his sexuality and a real love story is created between him and the American guest. It's a beautiful story that shows the first emotions of a young man, an extraordinary love story and how two people can be marked for the rest of their lifes by a relationship. For me this document is perfect because it completely deals with love and it is especially a kind of story that we did not have the opportunity to see in class: a complicated love between two men of different ages.

Call Me By Your Name

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The novel was adapted into a film in 2017.

The director is Luca Guadagnino, the main actors are Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.

It's one of my favorite films, full of aesthetics, sensitivity and cultural references.


Here is the trailer:


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You're my Waterloo

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You're my Waterloo is one of the oldest songs of The Libertines, a British rock band.

This song was written by Pete Doherty (the singer) and would be dedicated to his friend Carl Barât (the guitarist), but it's just a rumor!

If we put that anecdote aside and focus on the lyrics and the music video, this song clearly seems to be a declaration of love.

The singer seems to be talking to someone he loves and wants to spend time with, as if he had found his half.

Talking about this song was close to my heart because I find it splendid and The Libertines is one of my favorite bands.

In addition, there are many cultural references in the lyrics (including Waterloo: a battle).

Finally, the clip is incredibly aesthetic and represents with great poetry the present emotions during a love story.


Conclusion: To conclude this cultural diary, I would say that I enjoyed studying love and war because these subjects did not really interest me and it allowed me to discover elements that I did not know at all, it was very enriching!

the End

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thanks!

"The course of true love never did run smooth"

Shakespeare