1. Film: A War of Words and Images

In the romantic drama Words and Pictures, prep-school English teacher Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) laments his students’ obsession with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the written word. He meets his match in Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche), a painter and new teacher on campus, who was once celebrated for her art. The two flirt and provoke each other with equal relish. Jack declares a war between words and pictures. Dina and her art students accept the challenge, and the battle lines are drawn.

2. An Uplifting Experience

The animated film The Wind Rises, about a Japanese flight pioneer, is visually exquisite and emotionally charged. There is a wonderful gentleness and intelligent idealism to this film by 73-year-old Hayao Miyazaki, understood to be his final work. It is a tribute to aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi, who was a pioneer in aircraft design in the first half of the 20th century. The title is an allusion to lines of Paul Valéry repeatedly cited in the movie: “The wind rises, we must try to live.”

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