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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

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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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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Julie Andrews turned down the lead role. See more »

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The very first shot of the film shows the Edinburgh skyline, with a caption stating that it's 1932. But clearly visible in the centre of frame is the white cube of the (now demolished) Goldberg's department store, which was built in the early 1960s. See more »

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[first lines]
Gordon Lowther: Morning girls. Good Morning.
Sandy: There's Miss Brodie!
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La donna è mobile
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from Rigoletto
written by Giuseppe Verdi
(sung by Miss Brodie, Mr Lowther and the girls in the garden, mostly with la-la-la lyrics)
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Incredible!
10 July 2004 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Maggie Smith, a true thespian treasure, shows her stuff in this delightful 1969 film. As Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher in her prime, she leads her young girls at Marcia Blaine school into the stories behind the story. Described as "extreme", Miss Jean Brodie is beyond description. Her movements, costumes and views are so unique that she seems to be the only light source in the movie.

This one film will make you a Maggie Smith aficionado for life. She has many movies to her credit, and her appearance in "Travels With My Aunt" rivals this movie for eccentricity and skill.

Be sure and watch for the recitation of a "love letter" composed by Miss Brodie's set. The headmistress is shocked by the tone of the letter, clearly a collaboration, and the outcome is truly funny.


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