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Working Titles – Dead Poets Society

Working Titles takes a closer look at specific films with a denim and workwear aesthetic with the goal of examining the material’s shifting cultural image.


Everyone has been asked their favorite movie before; whether it’s by a first date or the memorable question and answer form you fill out when you’re opening a bank account. Everyone has also felt the subsequent panic of not being able to recall a decent one on the spot. In a bid to never feel that way again, I keep a short list of my favorite films. Currently, it consists of films like The Shawshank Redemption, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, two films we’ve happened to have already covered in our Working Titles series, as well as Good Will Hunting, a film we’ll probably cover in the future. I don’t like to typically add to the list unless I’m blown away; however, I can safely say that I’ve just added another in Dead Poets Society

Set in 1959, Dead Poets Society follows a group of young lads as they try to navigate the trials and tribulations of high school. Their world is turned upside down when an unconventional teacher (played by Robin Williams) takes over their English class and tells the boys of a secret society that goes against the status quo. Encouraged to seize the day – the movie’s tagline – and to live their lives with conviction at any chance they get, the philosophy quickly turns to tragedy, and the boys are left to pick up the pieces. 

Now, I’m no movie critic, so don’t expect a deluge of beautifully put-together adjectives that’ll have you subbing to Amazon Prime to watch the film quicker than you can say ‘Carpe Diem’. I mean, I write about jeans, and sometimes socks. But, what I will say is that this movie is excellent in so many ways. We live in an era of instant gratification, conditioned to want everything yesterday. It’s applicable to films, too. Look at every Marvel film ever. They’re littered with explosions, stunts, and action. Dead Poets Society couldn’t be further from that. Not only is it thought-provoking, it’s emboldening, and inspiring. From knee-slapping moments to tear-jerking scenes, the films got it all, including great garb. 

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