Cinema: A Sentimental Education

CONRACK

Directed by MARTIN RITT

Screenplay by IRVING RAVETCH and HARRIET FRANK JR.

The spirit behind Conrack is so relentlessly idealistic in tone and uplifting in intent that one feels vaguely guilty for not responding to the film generously and forgivingly. Not many movies these days are so obviously made by nice people acting on their best instincts. In the end, however, the steady drip-drip-drip of the milk of human kindness proves to be indistinguishable from the Chinese water torture.

Based on The Water Is Wide, Pat Conroy's memoir of the year he spent teaching in an all-black elementary school on a backward island...

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