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Joyeux Noël (German)

Joyeux Noël (German)

Merry Christmas

116 minutes

Language track in French, German and English, subtitles in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

German Lesson Plan

Introduction: Immerse your students in the poignant tale of "Joyeux Noël," a film that highlights a remarkable moment of peace during World War I. This German lesson plan offers an engaging way to explore language and cultural history through a powerful narrative.

Film Summary: Based on a true story, "Joyeux Noël" (Merry Christmas) recounts the events of Christmas Eve during World War I when German, French, and Scottish troops on the Western Front declared an informal truce. The soldiers emerged from their trenches to meet in No Man’s Land, sharing carols, food, and stories in a rare moment of peace. Directed by Christian Carion, the film stars Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, and Guillaume Canet. The DVD includes language tracks in French, German, and English, with subtitles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Additional Details: Released in 2005, "Joyeux Noël" received critical acclaim, winning several awards for its heartfelt portrayal of humanity amidst conflict. The comprehensive lesson plan includes structured activities, discussion questions, and cultural notes, making it an invaluable resource for language teachers.

Suggested Dates for Classroom Use:

  • December 24: Christmas Eve, commemorating the truce
  • July 14: Bastille Day, celebrating French culture
  • November 11: Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I
  • January 15: Christian Carion’s birthday

Conclusion: Incorporating "Joyeux Noël" into your curriculum not only enhances language skills but also provides students with a profound understanding of historical and cultural themes. Created by teachers, for teachers, this lesson plan ensures an engaging and educational classroom experience. IMDB

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Director: Christian Carion

Cast: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet

Audio: Language track in French, German and English, subtitles in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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