U.S., 128 min, 1989, DCP, Dir. Peter Weir, Rated PG, Disney

Dead Poets Society

Wednesday, April 26

"Beautifully directed and with an Oscar-winning story." —Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine

For generations, Welton Academy students have been groomed to live lives of conformity and tradition—until new professor John Keating inspires them to think for themselves, live life to the fullest and "Carpe Diem." This unconventional approach awakens the spirits of the students, but draws the wrath of a disapproving faculty when an unexpected tragedy strikes the school. With unforgettable characters and beautiful cinematography.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with one of the most enduring and uplifting films about the transformative power of the written word. Peter Weir's emotionally-wrenching 1989 film became an an instant hit, garnering Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Directing, and a Best Actor nod for Robin Williams' breakthrough dramatic performance, but only Tom Schulman's unforgettable and loosely autobiographical screenplay took home the coveted statue that year.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with this special series featuring three films: Aimé Césaire: The Mask of Words, Before Night Falls and Dead Poets Society. Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month is a special occasion that celebrates poets’ integral role in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of people marking poetry’s important place in our lives.

Check out the rest of our Poetry Month program!