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What can we learn from the movies? What do we gain by going off and doing something totally different from time to time?

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Cover of "Groundhog Day (15th Anniversary...

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Fig. 1. Twister

From time to time I give this a flick – usually when I should be concentrating on an assignment (I am). I just desire to take my head somewhere else for some light relief. For each quadrant put in each of: sport, cooking, fiction (films and novel) and visual arts (drawing, photography)

Today it is the film ‘Groundhog Day‘ – so  a bit of fiction and visual arts in one

This has relevance to learning. There is a moral tale. It even promotes the idea that as a result of effort over time you can be anything. OK, he is an arse for a good while, but then Phil Connors (Bill Murray) learns all kinds of things from 19th Century French poetry to ice-carving, he is a doctor and classical and jazz pianist.

If you know the film, download the script.

Here it is

This is revealing as it gives a half-dozen more twists to Phil’s antics (good and bad) and gives away the basis of the film – The Frog Prince. He gets tattoos and some biker chicks, carves in stone as well as ice, studies philosophy as well as literature, the drums as well as the piano … robs a bank as well as the security van and has a long relationship with Nancy until he gets bored with it (and her).

Enjoy

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