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The History Boys: The Film

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Now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight Pictures, The History Boys: The Film contains Alan Bennett's diary of the filming, the shooting script, and an introduction by director Nicholas Hytner, as well as an extensive plate section that includes a look behind the scenes and stills from the film.

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (or senior) boys in a Britis
ebook, 144 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published October 5th 2006)
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Oct 06, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A note on the published screenplay before I delve into the review: Mr. Bennett’s notes on the filming of History Boys are delightful and make it worth a read, especially for those interested in the process behind creating stories, whether on page, screen or stage.

As I sometimes do, when I decided to delve into History Boys, I read the play, watched the movie and then read the screenplay in order to compare.

Please don’t make me choose a favorite.

Admittedly, the plot of History Boys is thin: eigh
Jan 25, 2009 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
The screenplay by Alan Bennett based on his award-winning play. This is a mesmerizing meditation on the meaning of education, history and life. Set in a boys' school in northern England in the early 1980's Bennet creates characters that share wonderfully witty dialogue as they attempt to learn about life, love and themselves; all whilst studiously preparing for the entrance exams and interviews for admittance to Oxford & Cambridge. The screenplay stands on its own and is a wonderful compleme ...more
Kathryn Green
Didn't actually read this particular book, I was actually just rereading the History Boys but wanted it to count for my reading challenge.

Possibly maybe a 3.5 stars - I enjoyed this a lot more the second time round because i was annotating as i went along, which is good i guess.
Lynsey Davidson
The reason I chose to read this book is because I have been a huge fan of the movie that I wondered whether reading it on paper would have another effect on me. The thing is, I have seen the film so many times that I literally know it word for word, scene by scene so when it came to reading the book I was not overwhelmed by surprise at all. I pretty much skipped a few lines because I knew what was to come.

The one thing I love about the play/film is the characters. Each are individual and have th
Quite nostalgic about the movie.

This screenplay is similar to Dead Poets Society, only more sexualized: sexual molestation and homosexuality. In spite of them, it is a fun book, a slice of life about 8 students (The History Boys), and their Professors. All characters are colorful and likeable (yes, even the professor who likes to grope his students -made me wonder why the students allow it? Did they care so much for the professor it was kind of OK with them?-). I don't know if it is because of t
Jan 09, 2013 Ariya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I miss my boys! I give 4 stars for god's sake nostalgia. I watched The History Boys before Dead Poet Society therefore it seems to be very first the window opening my eyes in to the western education.

'Criticism' shelf is for the main theme I appreciate about its plot, nonetheless it doesn't show directly the contents the book(and movie) like this always stands for, like, the value of education and how are we supposed to be the self-improved or try to make a live-living not depending on 'what ar
Michael Holloway
Aug 25, 2014 Michael Holloway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
I had the great privilege to be in a school production of The History Boys. I was playing Akhtar, a role in which I was woefully miscast, but much as Posner is in love with Dakin I was madly in love with the producer, who was also playing Scripps. For our own group of Boys, The History Boys was our lifeblood, the lessons Hector teaches taken to heart without question (which shows how perfect a representation of that period of life the play is). I was the only one of our Boys to make it to Oxbrid ...more
Abhishek Ganguly
Aug 28, 2014 Abhishek Ganguly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What makes History interesting? Not much in the facts and figures but in living through experiences. Alan Bennett paints a wonderful high school picture n 'The History Boys'.

Although many would like to classify this to be of the young adult genre, I am of the opinion that the premise and events are for a more mature reading group. A bunch of boys trying to ease out on history to get their college applications through might sound mundane in the gist but the devil is definitely in the details. Ala
Mar 28, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason this gets 4 instead of 5 is because to me the play of The History Boys is the epitome of perfection. The film version smudged parts of it so I view it as the poor man's version, but it is still good.
Oct 27, 2010 Adelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
I adore the movie made from the play, which I wish I could have seen, however the screenplay loses a lot of the charm you find in either of the other versions. It's great for brining up memories, and for finding those great quotes, but it's a little difficult to follow what's going on.
Jun 12, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that I had bought the play script, but this was the screenplay. I'm always happy to spend time with these characters, but screenplays are really not meant to be read.
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I find it difficult to read scripts but I did enjoy the overall story.
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Alan Bennett is an English author and Tony Award-winning playwright. Bennett's first stage play, Forty Years On, was produced in 1968. Many television, stage and radio plays followed, along with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non-fictional prose and broadcasting, and many appearances as
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