François Truffaut’s Small Change (1976) was the first foreign language film I can recall seeing. I distinctly remember some neighbors raving about it and I was astonished by the idea of seeing a film in another language. A think our parents thought Small Change would be edifying so we were piled into a car and a group from the neighborhood all went. I remember being delighted by the scene when a toddler’s left alone and falls out of his apartment window, but remains unscathed. “Gregory go boom!” the boy exclaims to the petrified crowd.
The film still delighted though I did wish for more plot. Truffaut is wonderful with children and understands their lot better than most. The mischief of kids making a mess whenever the adults get caught up in their own lives, the innocence of looking for love, and the loneliness of hiding your family’s poverty or abuse are all present in this brightly colored panorama. Childhood’s changed in many ways with helicopter parents and high tech developments, but some of comedy and even the tragedies still remain.
The teachers monologue at the end struck me to the core in 1976 and again in 2018.
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I can not fathom how the Wall Street Journal placed a story about YouTube channels like The Strive Study, which is a channel that mainly consists of videos showing a woman studying. She does not teach study skills, she just studies. (She has another channel where she does share what she does on the weekend, etc.)
I have voiced concern of children watching other children play, as millions who watch Ryan’s Toy Review.
But watching someone study? Hundreds of thousands watch this med student or others.
I just don’t understand.
I guess this might motivate people to study, but why is it literally front age news?