The Park Bench

The Park Bench

DVD - 2016
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When Emily, a librarian-to-be, is assigned to tutor Mateo, a struggling undergrad, in American Lit, they do not get along; but when the discussion turns from classics to confessions, they learn something that could change their lives forever.
Publisher: [Holland, Ohio] : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Oct 26, 2016

Not to Keep by Robert Frost:
They sent him back to her. The letter came
Saying... And she could have him. And before
She could be sure there was no hidden ill
Under the formal writing, he was in her sight,
Living. They gave him back to her alive
How else? They are not known to send the dead
And not disfigured visibly. His face?
His hands? She had to look, and ask,
"What was it, dear?" And she had given all
And still she had all they had they the lucky!
Wasn’t she glad now? Everything seemed won,
And all the rest for them permissible ease.
She had to ask, "What was it, dear?"

Yet not enough. A bullet through and through,
High in the breast. Nothing but what good care
And medicine and rest, and you a week,
Can cure me of to go again." The same
Grim giving to do over for them both.
She dared no more than ask him with her eyes
How was it with him for a second trial.
And with his eyes he asked her not to ask.
They had given him back to her, but not to keep.

Oct 22, 2016

Best silent quote:
I'll get my Master in Library Science in June.
-Master degree to be a librarian? I just thought all you need to tell people is to ... you know ... "shush ... sh."
I thought you wanted to improve.
-Yes, yes but you are constantly nitpicking every word.
Nitpicking! you have to deconstruct the text ... that is what you are writing about.
-Yes, yes but every single word? May be Hemingway wrote "it is hot outside" because it is hot outside.
No, no nothing is without meaning. You have to put the words on the paper ... give it meaning.

Oct 22, 2016

Cultural divide on Gatsby part 1 of 2:
Sucks, really. It is one of the great classics in all American literature. So it is a little dismissive to say it sucks.
-Well, I think that it was a wuss.
A wuss? Is that what you are going to say in your paper? My thesis is "Gatsby the wuss?"
-My American dream, become a bootlegger? He was a baby who got what he deserved.
No, no, no, no. That is just it ... that is the tragedy of it. It is not the American dream. It is the corruption of the American dream. See Gatsby is sympathetic because he is actually the victim. He was sent the idea that he could remake himself and he bought it.

Oct 22, 2016

Cultural divide on Gatsby part 2 of 2:
-But he could have remake himself. Isn't that is what America is about? It is just he cheated his way through. Well he could have done something real. Start a business, a hardware store or something. He could have the next Walmart. That guy is loaded but he didn't.
He was up against the clock, trying to win Daisy back,
-That's not it at all.
Not what?
-The American dream, It is just the (edifice ??? Can't make out what but referred to the Gatsby book) is not real.
And you have some insight into that?
-Yes, and if you get off your English Major and know everything high horse. I would tell you.


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Sep 27, 2018

I found this film a very refreshing love story. It brings two people with dissimilar background together and by sharing their stories they truly get to know one another deeply. And the set and characters are minimal. It brings on some of the realities of the new immigrants through Mateo and some dysfunction in the dominant group through Emily's personal struggles. All in all it was delightful and deep at the same time. I would highly recommend it! I watched it several times.

Oct 22, 2016

A romantic gem with an intelligent and entertaining script. Sparks flew when two young college students opened up their inner thoughts during Eng. Lit. study sessions held on a bench in a LA park. See one of many in depth commentary in "Summary."


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Oct 22, 2016

Excerpt: “You can’t seriously talk about a book with others who have read it without getting to know each other,” Ann LeSchander told her audience at the opening of The Park Bench, in which Emily experiences a true meltdown as she confides her emotions in reading Wharton’s Ethan Frome with Mateo. In turn, as if rejecting that sad demise of a love affair and also Emily’s affirmation of Jay Gatsby, Mateo is moved to express his identification with Quetzalcoatl in the Aztec tale that defines his own fire and passion, which leads to the telling of fantasies and folk tales, myths and legends, ghost stories, and then to secrets, confessions, and even shared mourning.


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