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    SUBJECTS — Science-Technology; World/England;
    SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Gambling Addiction;
    MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility, Respect; Fairness.

    Age: 8 - 13; MPAA Rating -- G; Comedy; 1956; 178 minutes; Color; Available from Amazon.com.

    Description:     The year is 1872. A well-to-do English gentleman, Phileas Fogg, bets members of his club that he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days. The bet is so large that unless he wins, his entire fortune will be lost. The film, based on a Jules Verne novel, is the suspense filled story of Fogg's attempt to win the bet.

    Benefits of the Movie: The plot turns on the International Date Line and the effects of the rotation of the Earth on time and travel. This is the best film that we have found to teach this subject.

    Viewers are also shown several different cultures and their attitudes towards the same events are contrasted with ours and with each other.

    Possible Problems:    MODERATE. The problems with this film would disqualify it if it were not a lighthearted comedy in which nothing is intended to be taken seriously. A good summary of the problems with this film is set out below:
    The wealthy English establishment is very conservative and against progress and new ideas. There is considerable betting on Fogg's journey. Fogg believes in progress, science, and intellectual deduction. Passepartout refers to him as "master." An Arab sadistically insists Passepartout fight a bull even if he doesn't know how. Fogg bribes people to make his journey faster. Passepartout breaks Brahman religious beliefs and is chased by a mob. One of the reasons they rescue Auda is that she was educated in England. They judge local religious customs by English standards. Fogg is arrested for desecrating a religious ritual; he immediately posts bail and skips town. Fogg speaks Pidgin English to a Chinese who, he finds out, speaks perfect English. Flix drugs Passepartout to delay Fogg. Quoted from: H. Arthur Taussig, Ph.D. in the Filmvalues.com article on "Around the World in 80 Days." The site is no longer on the Internet. TWM has a PDF record of the web page.
    In addition, alcohol consumption is shown, and Native Americans are shown as savages.

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Selected Awards & Cast
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  QUICK DISCUSSION QUESTION:   Explain why, as you travel from the West Coast of the U.S. to the East Coast of the U.S. you have to adjust your clocks to be three hours later.

Suggested Response: See Helpful Background Section.

MOVIE WORKSHEETS: TWM offers the following movie worksheets to keep students' minds on the film and to focus their attention on the lessons to be learned from the movie. Teachers can modify the movie worksheets to fit the needs of each class. See also TWM's Historical Fiction in Film Cross-Curricular Homework Project and Movies as Literature Homework Project.

Additional ideas for lesson plans for this movie can be found at TWM's guide to Lesson Plans Using Film Adaptations of Novels, Short Stories or Plays.

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BUILDING VOCABULARY: trump, Yorkshire pudding, suet, pudding, treacle.

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Selected Awards, Cast and Director:

Selected Awards:  1956 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Color Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score; 1957 Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Drama; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Cantinflas); 1956 National Board of Review Awards: 10 Best Films of the Year; 1956 New York Film Critics Awards: Best Film, Best Screenplay; 1956 Academy Award Nominations: Best Director (Anderson) Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Color), Best Costume Design (Color).

Featured Actors:  David Niven, Shirley MacLaine, Cantinflas, Robert Newton, Charles Boyer, Joe E. Brown, Martine Carol, John Carradine, Charles Coburn, Ronald Colman; Cameos: Melville Cooper, Noel Coward, Andy Devine, Reginald Denny, Fernandel, Marlene Dietrich, Hermione Gingold, Cedric Hardwicke, Trevor Howard, Glynis Johns, Buster Keaton, Evelyn Keyes, Peter Lorre, Mike Mazurki, Victor McLaglen, John Mills, Robert Morley, Jack Oakie, George Raft, Cesar Romero, Gilbert Roland, Red Skelton, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner.

Director:  Michael Anderson, Sr.
  MOVIES ON RELATED TOPICS: See Strictly Ballroom. if your child expresses and interest in Flamenco dancing. Other movie adaptations of Jules Verne stories include: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. For a film on the ravages of gambling addiction see Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop.  



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