May 6 – Goodbye, Mr. Chips – 1939 – 114 minutes
Six-time Oscar-nominated romantic classic about a staid schoolmaster whose heart is thawed by a beautiful young woman. Robert Donat (“The 39 Steps”) received an Oscar for his moving performance. Oscar-winner Greer Garson (“Mrs. Miniver,” “Madame Curie”) received an Oscar-nomination as the woman who steals his heart. Co-starring Paul Henreid (“Casablanca”). Recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the greatest American films of all time and added Arthur Chipping to its’ list of 50 Greatest Heroes.
May 13– Miracle Worker – 1962 – 106 minutes
The true story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, a gripping battle to overcome impossible obstacles and the struggle to communicate. As a young girl, Helen Keller is stricken with scarlet fever. The illness leaves her blind, mute, and deaf. Sealed off from the world, Helen cannot communicate with anyone, nor anyone with her. Often frustrated and desperate, Helen flies into uncontrollable rages and tantrums that terrify her hopeless family. The gifted teacher Annie Sullivan is summoned by the family to help the girl understand the world from which she is isolated, freeing Helen Keller from her internal prison forever.
May 20 – To Sir, With Love – 1967 – 105 minute
A novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60s. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London’s tough East End. The graduating class, led by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title song), sets out to destroy Thackeray as they did his predecessor by breaking his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a work force where they must stand or fall on their own. When offered an engineering job, Thackeray must decide if he wants to stay.