The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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Released 1969

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Director:
Ronald Neame
Released:
1969
Rating:
PG
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a 1969 film centered around a passionate, yet slightly delusional teacher from 1930's Scotland. The movie is based on a book of the same title by Muriel Spark. Jay Presson Allen adapted the book to film. Ronald Neame (The Odessa File, Oliver Twist) directs. Miss Jean Brodie (Maggie Smith) considers herself an artistically passionate woman. She takes pride in passing cultural knowledge - art, history, beauty, language - down to her students. But it appears Brodie isn't all there sometimes. She rambles on about the positive aspects of political tyrants such as Mussolini and Franco, which inadvertently inspires one of her less confident pupils to commit a minor crime. Brodie also coaxes one of her students to get involved with an ex-lover of hers. Needless to say, she establishes a notorious reputation among other staff members who greet her with hostility and apprehensive glances. Throughout the film you will ask yourself whether Brodie is brilliant, overly-romantic for her own good, or just plain insane. Her performance earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1969. Be sure to watch, especially if you enjoy her other works such as Room With a View, Othello, Gosford Park, and Sister Act.moreless

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