BRITFILMS: “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain”

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On the 28th of November 2022, the students of the two classes FS 12B and FVK were privileged to attend a private screening of “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain”. We were instructed to be in front of the cinema at 8 A.M., which was located about approximately two hundred meters from the main railway station in Nuremberg. So, we all came by train. At the cinema our English teacher, Mrs Meinold-Pohlmann, as well as Mrs Sebiger had already been waiting for us. We were assigned a cinema hall to go to and then we were given the freedom to choose our seats. We quickly started communicating with the other class. Shortly after, the movie started. It lasted almost two hours and was presented in English with English subtitles.

The biographical movie chronicles the life of Louis Wain, who, after his father’s death, lives with his five sisters and his mother. Wain, an eccentric artist who has never experienced any romantic feelings, is occupied with supporting his family financially. Unexpectedly, he catches feelings for Emily, the new governess for his sisters. They eventually fall in love, and after Emily having been diagnosed with breast cancer, get a kitten whom they name Peter. The story is set in the 1800s when it was uncommon for individuals to keep cats as pets. Emily eventually passes away, leaving Louis and Peter to mourn her loss. Wain continues drawing portraits and sketches of cats and, despite his life frequently being overshadowed by tragedies, becomes famous for them.

The movie was great. It was visually stunning, and the scenes were created with great care to capture the essence of each situation.

In the end it is important to value the opportunity that we were given and to be grateful to watch this movie together.

Samara Backer, FS 12B

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geschrieben am 25.05.2023