Books into Movies. Goodbye Mr. Chips. A Review by Dewey Edward Chester. Enjoy your day, Yareah friends.
“Goodbye, Mr. Chips” is a novella about the life of a British Educator, Mr. Chipping, written by English Writer, James Hilton.
The Hollywood movie of this book was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
This unabashedly sentimental story depicts the sweeping social change that Mr. Chipping experiences throughout his life.
He is presented as a strong conservative Educator who despises everything modern. He evinces nostalgia for the Victorian social order that was fading quickly after Queen Victoria’s death, in 1901.
His opposition is a hard-line anti-conservative, Mr. Ralston, a school Head Master.
We listen as a youthful Mr. Chips recollects his feelings —- “I think it strange how sacrifices one generation makes, cancel out those of another.”
Head Master Ralston tries to impose modernity upon Chips, least caring about his deep-rooted ideas. This is a battle of conservativeness versus progressiveness that produces a clash of giants.
Then, a feisty English Suffragette appears, in the form of Greer Garson. She changes Chips into a quaint, much-loved professor, developing a rapport with generations of students.
The beauty and temperament of Ms. Garson is priceless!
Video: Goodbye Mr. Chips (1969) ”Walk Through the World” by Leslie Bricusse. Starring Peter O’Toole, Petula Clark, and Michael Redgrave.