Movie class: The Mona Lisa smile


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Lee Wright 9:02 PM
Honest (AHN est)
The Mona LIsa Smile
Subdued smile
Post university
Ivy League

me 9:03 PM
ivory league

Lee Wright 9:04 PM
“Finishing School” ?
Teacher from California…
Teaches art…
Katherine is the main character.
Students are very smart, already knew the material.
1953, USA

Lee Wright 9:06 PM
The good old days…
Some obnoxious student
She is being observed and assessed by management for her teaching skills.
She more progressive than the students.
She asked open-ended questions.
to make them think outside the textbook.
She was trying to teach them self-determination.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
She took the class to a workshop. (field trip)
Art appreciation courses.
Child-like art
Saying: Different strokes for different folks.
Conservative school
She wants them to be liberals!
A world traveler
Sistine Chapel
Leonardo DaVinci
Don’t settle for being an ordinary housewife.
Yale had on five slots for women.
100:1 men-women ratio.
vacant (VAY kunt)
Diablo = Devil
Social skills, such as hosting parties
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Matta Black 9:22 PM

Gerard Arbat 9:22 PM

Lee Wright 9:22 PM
Be the woman behind your great man.
budget (BUH jit)

Diana Yarmolinska 9:24 PM
Hello, Matta
your wife needs a finishing school 

Matta Black 9:25 PM
 Hi Diana… because I’m here, your daughter isn’t vaialable to say Hi.. haha

Lee Wright 9:26 PM
Much different roles today.
than in those old days.

me 9:26 PM
Can you speak BM?

Lee Wright 9:26 PM
graduates of a university are called alumni (plural)

Matta Black 9:27 PM
No.. I’m sorry. Just came from a class and I’m very tired to speak.

Lee Wright 9:27 PM
The college hopes their alumni will contribute money/donations to their “alma mater” (old college).
Divorce was rare back then.
new-fangled appliances
a woman living alone was rare back then
being alone is unnerving
woman were not in the workforce back then
except for “women jobs”.
Two of the students got married, but all were engaged.
Today 50% divorce rate in USA
Back then, marrying was a lottery, getting a great husband.
or not
Back then, their “career path” was housewife.
or teacher
the norm

Matta Black 9:32 PM
As if you were asking me.. Dinana 
Diana* (it seems that I’m tired to type, too)

Lee Wright 9:32 PM
to be outside the norm, born from a different mold
to be the first, to set a precedent
Was any girl happy in the movie?
Only at the end.
She had to TAKE the initiative!
which it was considered NOT the thing that women did.
No limits today
Men can be lazy now.
Let the woman do all the work.
career (kuh REER)
colleague (KAH leeg)

Matta Black 9:38 PM
If Katherine were not a teacher in the movie, would this change anything? I mean, did they mean to make her job “teacher”, so she can influence her students?

Lee Wright 9:38 PM
signed (SIGN /d/)
There were no birth control pills, were there?

Gerard Arbat 9:39 PM

Lee Wright 9:39 PM
Catholic school?
encouraged promiscuity
Is sex education appropriate as a school subject?
If so, at what age?
The Birds and the Bees
The Talk

Matta Black 9:42 PM
I left a question above, Ivan

me 9:42 PM
Aha, I see

Lee Wright 9:42 PM

Matta Black 9:43 PM
she can be a model for many of them, to imitate her..

Lee Wright 9:44 PM
Teachers are influential, automatically a role model.
Shocking, an affair!

Matta Black 9:45 PM
This says how important teachers are

Lee Wright 9:45 PM
She didn’t need no stinkin’ man.

Matta Black 9:45 PM

Lee Wright 9:45 PM
Painting by numbers
We have this today.
Van Gogh
cut off his ear
died in poverty
Anyone can be an artist!
What does “Mona Lisa smile” have to do with this movie?

Gerard Arbat 9:49 PM

Lee Wright 9:49 PM
What was she smiling about?

Matta Black 9:50 PM
the ambiguity behind this smile.

Lee Wright 9:50 PM
Okay, I see.
conservative vs. progressive

Matta Black 9:50 PM
Just like your photo here, Diana. What was the reason for this smile?

Diana Yarmolinska 9:50 PM
ha ha
I was happy in that picture

Lee Wright 9:51 PM
Was there a counterfoil in the movie?
antagonist of sorts
Learning while vacuuming
pinup art was very famous back then

Gerard Arbat 9:57 PM

Lee Wright 9:58 PM
Moral of the movie

me 9:58 PM

Lee Wright 9:59 PM
Chauvinist philosophy:Keep a woman barefoot, pregnant, and ignorant.

Matta Black 9:59 PM

Lee Wright 9:59 PM
How to be independent!
if you’re just going to sweep and mop.
Geisha girls

Matta Black 10:00 PM
You apply what you have studied at home with your kids and husband…. (sarcasm)

Lee Wright 10:03 PM
Society pressured you to conform to your role model.

Expectations of Society

Matta Black 10:03 PM
Did you receive my last message here?

Lee Wright 10:04 PM
Today, NO expectations!
The sarcasm comment, BM?

Matta Black 10:04 PM
Then yes.. yeah

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