Jules’s Adolescent Angst-Free Curriculum

Jules Crittenden has come up with a great idea, the Adolescent Angst-Free Curriculum

I’m thinking a kid could get his or her thoughts provoked, learn about things worth angsting over, how deal with a lot of angst and alienation issues in a practical way just like bbmoe said, without wallowing in a lot of “I hate my parents” and victimhood culture.

He starts with Romeo and Juliet, and his curriculum includes the Zeffirelli film

With the 1968 Olivia Hussey flick. I recall finding her dumbstrikingly hot when I saw it in class at age 15. I could sit around listening to “prithees” and “forsooths” and convoluted Elizabethan gobbledegook all day. Haven’t seen the newer R&J remakes, but if they don’t have a pole-axingly, gobsmackingly hot Juliet, it’s a waste of time.

I have fond memories of the film, about which I posted three years ago, so here’s the original trailer.

In addition to the list of books Jules proposes for the Adolescent Angst-Free Curriculum, I would add John Glasworthy’s Indian Summer of a Forsyte, which is part of The Forsyte Saga, and Anthony Trollope’s Doctor Wortle’s School.

What would you suggest for an Adolescent Angst-Free Curriculum?

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6 Responses to “Jules’s Adolescent Angst-Free Curriculum”

  1. OBloodyhell Says:

    > With the 1968 Olivia Hussey flick. I recall finding her dumbstrikingly hot when I saw it in class at age 15.

    She’s got a pair of major league yarbos. When you’re fifteen and all hormones, that’s all it takes.

    Movies — Zapped.
    TV — Entourage.

  2. elixelx Says:

    First of all “Don Quijote de La Mancha”;
    Then “Welcome to the Monkey House” and everything else by Vonnegut!
    “The Tales of Rabbi Nahman”; “Huckleberry Finn”; The Metaphysical Poets” esp. John Donne and Andrew Marvell; “One Hundred Years of Solitude”; “The Good Soldier Schweik”; “The Poetry of Edward Lear”; “Soul on Ice”; “The Invisible Man”; “Rabbinical Mathematics and Astronomy”;

  3. Nolanimrod Says:

    Movies? For an angst-free doo-dah? Well, if R&J, with its double suicide, is angst-free how about:

    Up the Down Staircase
    The Children’s Hour
    To Sir With Love
    The Graduate
    Elvira Madigan

    And, for those over-burdened with adolescent male hormonal yah-yah’s: Hombre

    For the under-endowed in that department: Bonnie & Clyde.

    The girls would, I’m reasonably certain, be happy with either Beatty or Newman.

  4. Pat Patterson Says:

    I actually like Romeo + Juliet except for the shockinly unappealling Clair Danes and John Leguizano’ Tybalt and the rest of the cast forgetting iambic pentameter and totally destroying the rhythm. Well, maybe I really didn’t like the film at all but am still a fan of Baz Luhrmann, Strictly Ballroom and Moulin Rouge.

    I’d add a couple more films to that angst free list; David and Lisa, Harold and Maude, Phaedra and of course Flowers in the Attic. And again for the adolescent in all of us Michael Madsen, in the horrible remake of The Getaway, who seduces the wife while the husband is sitting and listening in the next room with the door open.

    But for a seriously angst free list I would include, The Red Badge of Courage, Henry V, The Searchers, Big Wednesday, The Wind and the Lion and Touch of Evil. All films that dealt with issues of honor and mortality.

  5. Jeremayakovka Says:

    The Old Man and the Sea – Hemingway
    The Chosen – Chaim Potok
    How Green Was My Valley – Richard Llewellyn (also the movie adaptation)

    Splendor in the Grass – Natalie Wood + Warren Beatty (my sentimental favorite version stars Melissa Gilbert)
    The Wild Geese – Richard Harris, Roger Moore, Richard Burton (boys will be soldiers of fortune)

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