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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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Out of one Jean Brodie would come a whole generation of Jean Brodies... experimenting with sex, society and everything else. See more »

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Maggie Smith and Robert Stephens were married to each other during filming. See more »

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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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My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose
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Scottish Traditional
Words by Robert Burns
sung off screen by Mr. Lowther at the staff party
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My personal favorite
7 June 2002 | by (Bamberg, Germany) – See all my reviews

It is clearly not the greatest movie of all time, but it is my personal favorite, in part because I am a teacher and--well i almost said anglophile, but are we supposed to call it ecosophile (lover of Scotland)?

I hardly know where to begin. Making those girls look like little girls and then later like grown-up girls. Jean Brodie's incredibly eccentric persona as a teacher until in the end one "girl" figures her out. The complexity of her personality. How perfectly she is played by Maggie Smith in her greatest role. The fact that the movie dares, for its time, portray an illicit affair between a teacher and a student (the French would have had no such qualms). Jean's insouciant insistance that she can teach any way she wants without any fundamental concern for her students. The art teacher's remark that "Mary McGrogan couldn't navigate her way across Edinburgh" after she has been killed in the Spanish civil war (Edinburgh is a famously compact city).

I go on too long. One drawback? That asinine theme song.


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