Cinema: Old Master

"The schoolmaster who imagines he is loved and trusted by his boys is, in fact, mimicked and laughed at behind his back," recalled George Orwell in Such, Such Were the Joys. James Hilton took the opposite view. The schoolmaster who thought himself mocked was actually loved. Orwell's essay may have been what the public needed to know. But Hilton's 1934 novel was what it wished to read. Goodbye, Mr. Chips rapidly passed from sentimental classic bestseller to sentimental classic movie. In the title role, Robert Donat won an Academy Award, and Mr. Chips...

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