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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
A clip from German phenomenon 'The Wave'

It's school project week and German high school teacher Rainer Wenger is as frustrated as his pupils at being lumbered with fascism as a topic -- again. He decides to shake things up a bit, but his unorthodox -- and hastily-devised -- project to show his pupils how powerful the feeling of unity can be takes on a life of its own.

I watched Dennis Gansel's film recently and really enjoyed it. Great story, great soundtrack, and a shocker at the end. Apparently it was a bit of a phenomenon in Germany where it was made but, interestingly, the novel the film has been adapted from was based on true-events at a high school in Palo Alto, California.

-- From CNN's Mairi Mackay

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