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Paul Sparks, Sino-Canadian International College, Guangxi University, Nanning.
Plans for "Watch, Listen & Speak", Semester 2
Listening & Speaking, British Movie:
The Movie: The film follows the 40-year
relationship between literary critic John Bayley and his wife, British
author and lecturer Iris Murdoch, who eventually died from Alzheimer's
disease at the age of 80.
Iris The Book:
This film is based on “Elegy for Iris”, literary critic John Bayley's
biography of his late wife, the brilliant writer and philosopher Iris
Iris Plot Outline:
True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her
husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with
England: London, Oxford & Suffolk.
Could you understand the accents?
Did the actors & actresses speak clearly?
Adaptation / Biopic / Drama / Romance
Iris Cast: Where
the actors suitable for the movie?
Iris Synopsis: Iris Murdoch, Professor of Philosophy and celebrated author and her husband,
Professor of Literature John Bayley, are guests-of-honour at a banquet at
Somerville College. Iris Murdoch gives a brilliantly witty speech and
finishes with an Irish folk song, "The Lark in the Clear Air". As
she begins to sing, John Bayley's thoughts wander back to the evening when
Iris was first introduced to him at a dinner and he was so taken with her
that he choked on his wine.
Even back then, she
always had a ready wit. Over the next few weeks, John is often reminded of
the past, because of Iris' health, which is beginning to worry him. A
medical examination reveals that Iris Murdoch is suffering from Alzheimer's
disease. Iris' condition worsens and before long, she doesn't even recognise
John any more. Although her illness is sometimes too much of a strain, even
for John, the memory of their powerful love for each other nevertheless
Was the music suitable for the movie?
Iris Issues - Age:
The man was much older than the woman.
Do you think that is good or bad?
Would you have a boyfriend or girlfriend who was older or younger than you?
Iris Issues -
The man s-s-stuttered when he spoke.
Do you know anyone who stutters? How would you treat someone who stuttered?
Iris Issues – Drinking
In England smoking used to be very common, especially for young women. Has
that attitude changed now? Why?
Is it acceptable in China for a woman to smoke and drink?
Iris Issues – Fashion:
In England fashion changes over time. We can identify the decade according
to the fashion. Is that the same in China?
Iris Issues – Sex:
The characters had sex before they were married. Do you think that is a good
thing or a bad thing?
Iris Issues – Secrets:
The characters had secrets, should relationships have secrets or should you
tell your partner everything?
Iris Issues – Old
Who should take care of old people if they have no family?
Did you like the movie?
What did you like about it?
What did you not like about it?