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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

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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.

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Miss Mackay
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Monica
Lavinia Lang ...
Emily Carstairs
Antoinette Biggerstaff ...
Helen McPhee
Margo Cunningham ...
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Miss McKenzie
Rona Anderson ...
Miss Lockhart
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Molly Weir ...
Miss Allison Kerr
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A liberated young schoolteacher at an Edinburgh girls' school in the period between the two wars, instructs her girls on the ways of life. Ignoring the more mundane subjects, she teaches them of love, politics and art. Her affairs with two male teachers become known and she finds herself fighting to keep her job. She believes that she can always count on the 100% support of her favourite pupils, but one of them does not feel that Miss Jean Brodie is in her "prime" any more. No longer swayed by her teacher's eloquence, she begins to learn about life and love herself. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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In the surprising world of Jean Brodie, there were two men and four girls. See more »

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27 June 1969 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Primavera de uma Solteirona  »

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The scene depicting Teddy's art school drawing of a male nude was cut for the Royal Command Performance viewing. Ironically the other film considered for the honor was Sweet Charity (1969). See more »

Goofs

Miss Brodie presents a slide show to the class. She tells a tale of how Dante Alighieri fell in love with Beatrice Portinari when they met at the old bridge (Ponte Vecchio) in Florence. Miss Brodie changes some of the facts of the Dante and Beatrice story, but in doing so she is relating the story (consciously or unconsciously) of her own failed romance with an older man. See more »

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[first lines]
Gordon Lowther: Morning girls. Good Morning.
Sandy: There's Miss Brodie!
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Referenced in St. Trinian's (2007) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung by a group as "For You're a Jolly Good Fellow"
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Not just a one-woman show
4 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is often billed as a 'one-woman show', a study of an extraordinary character, Miss Jean Brodie, played by an excellent actress. However, the movie is much more than that. It is a study of charisma and influence, of teachers and students, and presents a complex and fascinating coming-of-age story. This study takes place through the movie's double-focus on both Jean Brodie and her most precocious student, Sandy. Sandy is the strongest and most independent of Miss Brodie's students, and eventually she rebels and rejects her teaching completely. However, she is also truest to her teacher's expressed goals. Miss Brodie supposedly wants to teach 'her girls' to be like herself: powerful, independent individuals, free from the shackles of authority and group-think, beyond conventional sexual morality. In fact, she preys on the weakness and insecurity of her students, punishes independence and rewards slavish loyalty to her and to her personal plans and ideals. (The film's more subtle concern with fascism and authoritarianism echoes this theme: fascism elevates great individuals and praises their strength, just as it demands total obedience and slavishness from the rest.) Sandy, by recognizing and rejecting Miss Brodies's actions and plans, becomes her truest student: not only sexually adventurous, but bold, independent, and confrontational. The final scenes illustrate this beautifully. Miss Brodie has truly put "an old head" on Sandy's "young shoulders", and she truly is "hers for life"--though not in the way originally intended. In this way the movie presents a profound, sophisticated and realistic account of the way powerful individuals influence one another.


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