As school resumes for many of us this week, I’m re-posting my review ofÂ The Paper Chase. It’sÂ a wonderfully poignant reminder of how bestâ€”and how bestÂ notâ€”to approach one’s studies. Enjoy!
While the opening credits roll, we watch the latest batch of first-year law students find their seats in the classroom at Harvard Law School. Rather than beginning the first lecture with some clichÃ© about how only one person is â€˜cut outâ€™ to graduate from law school among the one in your seat and the two on either side of you, Professor Kingsfield, played by John Houseman, dives straight into Hawkins v. McGeeâ€”the infamous â€˜hairy handâ€™ case. In Kingsfieldâ€™s contracts classroom, there are no prefatory remarks, no congenial introductions, and no easy questions. There is just the law. Those who can keep up are welcome to James Bridgesâ€™ The Paper Chase (1973). Continue reading “Weekend Film Recommendation: The Paper Chase”