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'The Society of Dead Poets' and its 'carpe diem' reach 35 years

"Carpe Diem. Make the most of the day. Make your lives extraordinary” was the timeless message with which 'Dead Poets Society' captured the attention of an entire generation 35 years ago. Peter Weir's film, which also highlights the importance of poetry, challenging the status quo and seeking artistic freedom, had its premiere on June 2, 1989.

Throughout these decades, the film has become a cult film. Among other things, it generated a play and a derivative novel. Likewise, it remains one of the productions studied in school programs in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Likewise, it was included a few years ago on the American Film Institute's list of inspiring films.

Beautifully crafted, the audiovisual combines exceptional performances, a thought-provoking script and stunning cinematography. The story focuses on the profound impact that a passionate teacher can have on the lives of his students.

Very much in line with classics like 'To the teacher with love', it highlights the transformative power of education and the importance of defending individuality.

One of the most beloved stars

The film also marked a fundamental change in the career of Robin Williams (1951-2014), its main protagonist. In fact, it paved the way for more dramatic roles. The impact and popularity of the film also cemented her status as one of Hollywood's most beloved stars.

Williams was so effective that his image is the first thing that comes to the minds of many when the phrases 'Carpe Diem' or 'Oh, captain, my captain' are mentioned. Both were taken from two outstanding poems by the American Walt Whitman, whose work is exalted throughout the film.

As you may remember, the talented comedian was brought to life in the film by John Keating, a newly arrived English teacher who seeks to inspire his students at the conservative Welton Academy with his unorthodox teaching methods. Set in the 1950s, the film also touches on themes such as conformity, rebellion, and the search for individuality.

A talented youth cast

In addition to Williams, the film also launched the careers of its talented young cast. Robert Sean Leonard stood out especially as the charming and troubled Neil Perry; Ethan Hawke, who played the extremely shy Todd Anderson; and Josh Charles as Knox Overstreet, who will continue to “make the most of the day” to the fullest.

In the commercial section, 'Dead Poets Society' was undoubtedly a box office success, exceeding $235 million in gross at the global box office, based on a budget of $16.4 million. .

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More than 20 awards

It also enjoyed support from specialized critics throughout the 1990 awards season, where it was highlighted with 20 awards (including the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay) and another 18 nominations.

It should be noted that Robin Williams was nominated for Best Leading Actor for this film, which was his second nomination for the highest film award of the four he received in total in his life. The British Daniel Day Lewis was the one who triumphed that year for the film 'My Left Foot'.

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