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The Thrill Is Gone

Recent films portray the malaise of academic life

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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney in "The Savages" (2007)
February 14, 2010 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

Professors aren't what they used to be—at least in film, if not in life.

The professor has long been a staple in film, usually fitting a few types. One is the professor as snob, mocked in the Marx Brothers' 1932 Horse Feathers and recurring in...

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