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21 years on the internet!


Welcome to my page of links




The links immediately below lead to pages which contain my own thoughts and ideas on a variety of subjects. I make no claim to represent any other individual or organisation. They have been posted on the internet in the hope that they will be of some interest and stimulate discussion. Beyond these links to my own pages, you will find links to associated pages outwith my own site.


I would be happy to discuss these pages and their subjects - I can be contacted at stuartfernie@yahoo.co.uk .


Viewings of my online materials reached 1,000,000 on October 31 st 2014,

1,250,000 on March 8th 2017, 1,500,000 on December 11th 2018 and 1,750,000 on December 16th 2020.



A page with a link to my YouTube channel offering video presentations of a number of my pages.



Pages associated with "Les Miserables" and Victor Hugo


                                                                            Discussion of "Les Miserables"

Jean ValjeanFilms of Les MiserablesValjean and Javert - a comparison

Reflections on the musicalNotes on Notre Dame de ParisNotre Dame compared to Les Miserables

Les Miserables character studiesReligion in Les MiserablesThoughts on "Miss Saigon"


I have produced a video "documentary" based on the above mentioned notes on "Les Miserables", and it has been posted on Youtube. It runs to about 45 minutes and has been posted as five separate videos. You can access them by searching for "Les Miserables discussion" in Youtube, or by clicking below:

Part 1        Part 2        Part 3         Part 4        Part 5


Philosophy-based pages

Potted PhilosophyExistentialism in the cinemaThe Enlightenment and the Bounty

Some personal thoughts on religion and fateFacade - a reasoned rantWisdom ?

Existentialism in society today     Multimedia, a narrowing of horizons?     Regret


                                                                                             The place of acting in society


To do with teaching (and learning!)                    Mr Fernie's French support pages

Notes on essay writingFrench grammar notes and exercisesTales of teaching

Extended reading and viewing linksA Curriculum for Excellence - a personal responseAdvice for student teachers

AifL examplesTaking forward Curriculum for ExcellenceM.E.R.D.E.

Mentoring student teachers and NQTsRolling out CfEEngagement with pupils

                                                                            Collaborative strategies for Metro 1                                                                          



French literature and films

Ideas behind "Les Fleurs du Mal" (Baudelaire)Films of Luc Besson"Cyrano de Bergerac"

"Les Enfants du Paradis""Jean de Florette""Kean" by Jean-Paul Sartre

"Les Choristes"Themes in "Les fleurs du mal""Dracula entre l'amour et la mort"

"OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions""La Belle et la Bete""Moliere"

                                                                            "La Rafle"




Humour in drama    Don Quixote and its relevance today


You may also be interested in a page which looks at the potential influence of Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" on Besson's work - you will find it here.


A booklet entitled "Notes to accompany the study of French cinema and literature" is also available through Lulu.com. These notes focus on Luc Besson films, "Les Choristes", "Cyrano de Bergerac", "Dracula entre l'amour et la mort", "Les Enfants du Paradis", "Les fleurs du mal", " Jean de Florette", "Kean", "Moliere" (film), "Les Miserables" and " Notre Dame de Paris". Please click on the link below for further information.


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A video "documentary" of my page on "Les Choristes" is also available here

A video "documentary" of my page on Jean de Florette is available here (Part one) and here (Part two)

A "video documentary" of my page on "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" is available by clicking on these links :      Part One            Part Two

A "video discussion" of my page on "The Sand Pebbles" is available here (part one) and here (part two).

A "video discussion" of my page on "Notre Dame de Paris" is available here


Film favourites

                                                                         Why films are important and are worthy of study


"An Inspector Calls""Being There""The Big Red One"

"Blade Runner"Humour in the Bond Films"Casablanca"

"Chinatown""Five Easy Pieces""Gangs of New York"

"High Plains Drifter""Judgment at Nuremberg""Kingdom of Heaven"

"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang""The Last Samurai""The Magnificent Seven"

"The Man Who Would Be King""The Name of the Rose""One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"

"Point Blank""The Professionals""The Sand Pebbles"

"The Searchers""Forrest Gump""Casino Royale"

Films about teaching"Emperor of the North"Reflections on angel films

"Rollerball""Gran Torino""Hell in the Pacific"

 "Avatar""Planet of the Apes""The Invention of Lying"

 "Lawrence of Arabia"Steve McQueen films"A Tale of Two Cities (1958)

 "Prometheus""Elmer Gantry""Sweet Smell of Success"

                                                                            "The Train"



                                                Science-fiction films




The Prisoner (1967 TV series)     Babette's Feast    Dances With Wolves     Inherit the Wind    Public Eye (TV series)    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

It's a Wonderful Life     Seven Samurai    The African Queen    We're No Angels   Dunkirk   Papillon (1973)   The Wild Bunch   The Manchurian Candidate (1962)   Unforgiven (1992)

Untouchable (2011)    The Outlaw Josey Wales    Finding Forrester   The Third Man   Once Upon a Time in Hollywood   The Long Good Friday   The Bridge on the River Kwai   Apocalypse Now   

Spartacus    The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)   No Country for Old Men   Highlander   The Deer Hunter   Charles Foster Kane and Rosebud discussion   Le Mans 66 (Ford v Ferrari)   

The Bridge at Remagen   Barry Lyndon   Joker   Collateral    Jeremiah Johnson   Jojo Rabbit    Three Colours Trilogy   The Verdict   Road to Perdition    The Hustler (1961)   

Cool Hand Luke (1967)    Good Will Hunting   Dead Poets Society   Star Trek and The Wrath of Khan   Seven Days in May    Film Noir   

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En francais:

Les films de Luc Besson

          Les Miserables

                        Notre Dame de Paris

                                    Reflexions sur

                                                    Reflexions sur

                                                                                Reflexions sur "Jean de Florette"
                                                                                                       Réflexions sur
                                                                                                                        Cyrano de Bergerac


Due to technical problems (and my inability to cope with them), new material will be posted on My Blog. So far, this includes various articles, discussions of "Dunkirk", "Dances With Wolves", "The Prisoner" (1967 TV series), "Inherit the Wind" (1960 film), a little Flash Fiction and some of my memoirs as a teacher in a small Highland school for some 35 years.


On a lighter note, if you are a speaker or teacher of French, you might like to follow this link to a page of amusing mistranslations gathered over the years.

            If you are intrigued by riddles with cryptic clues (to do with films), please follow this link.


 Miscellaneous - some pages outwith my own site


An excellent essay on the nature of European Cinema by a student of film and screen writing



Essays and essay titles on various aspects of "Les Miserables" from John Cornet, a High School teacher in Oregon





Paralleles et oppositions entre Jean Valjean et Javert dans Les Miserables


An excellent and detailed essay on similarities and differences between Valjean and Javert (in French), written by a Czech student.

A political interpretation of Les Miserables


An excellent essay on similarities between Hugo's work and that of Karl Marx, written by a Scottish student.

To an essay about "good" and "evil" in the characters of Les Miserables, by Emily Goodwin

Scottish CILT Wiki site


An opportunity to share opinions and materials with other teachers


Victor Hugo Online

An excellent and comprehensive site devoted to Hugo's works



Les Miserables Lyrics

A site which includes lyrics to the songs of the show


Northern Sights

An excellent site containing images of the Highlands of Scotland


Internet Movie Database

The best site for information about films


 And finally ...

About me

Some information about me.


Stuart Fernie


I do hope you find these pages of value. I would be delighted to hear from anyone wishing to discuss the subjects or contents of these pages further. I can be contacted at stuartfernie@yahoo.co.uk .



Combined visits to my pages on Geocities, stuartfernie.com and stuartfernie.org reached 1,429,271 on the first of November 2021.

Viewings of my web pages, combined with viewings of the various associated video presentations available on YouTube and views of my blog, reached 1,877,784 in November 2021.




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