» The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Maggie Smith is so witty and commanding in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie that you might forget the script paints Jean Brodie as an ultimately self-deluding spinster. Dame Maggie won the first of her two Oscars for playing a teacher in 1930s Edinburgh more in thrall to her romantic notions of art and beauty than the real world (she exalts the Mona Lisa and Mussolini with equal fervour), a cultivator of worshipping "Brodie Girls". Smith's expert playing makes many of the brogue-heavy Brodie-isms worth memorising ("She seeks to intimidate me by the use of quarter-hours") and raises the picture above its generally theatrical style. Real-life husband Robert Stephens plays Jean's married lover; Celia Johnson excels as the hostile headmistress; and Pamela Franklin is the deadpan whistle-blower within Miss Brodie's coven. The dippy music of Rod McKuen helps mark the movie as more of a reflection of the 1960s than the 30s...
Directed by: Ronald NeameGenre: Comedy,Drama,Music,RomanceCountry: UKLanguage: EnglishTagline: In the surprising world of Jean Brodie, there were two men and four girls. Plot Outline: A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view. User Rating: 7.7/10 (3,000 votes) Runtime: 116 minAwards: Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominationsCast (first 10): Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Gordon Jackson, Celia Johnson, Diane Grayson, Jane Carr, Shirley Steedman, Lavinia Lang, Antoinette Biggerstaff
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
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