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The Getting of Wisdom (1977)

Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to ... See full summary »

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Isabella Shepherd
Dorothy Bradley ...
Miss Hicks
Kay Eklund ...
Mrs. Rambotham
Max Fairchild ...
Mr. O'Donnell
Jan Friedl ...
Miss Snodgrass
Diana Greentree ...
Maisie Shepherd
Maggie Kirkpatrick ...
Sarah
Monica Maughan ...
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Candy Raymond ...
Miss Zielinski
Terence Donovan ...
Tom McNamara
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Kate
Celia De Burgh ...
M.P.
Kim Deacon ...
Lilith
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Chinky
Jo-Anne Moore ...
Tilly
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Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to the screen, Laura Tweedle Rambotham (Susannah Fowle). Written by Anonymous

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From Henry Handel Richardson's immortal best seller See more »

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25 August 1977 (Australia)  »

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The name of this film's source novelist Henry Handel Richardson is actually a pseudonym for the writer's real name of Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson. As such, this film about college school girls at the turn-of-the-century in a boarding school was actually written by a woman, and not a man, as the nom de plume suggests. See more »

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Lilith: [Laura enters her assigned bedroom in the school and meets Lilith Gordon, who spies Laura holding a cake tin, which Lilith grabs and opens and sees glace cherries on the cake. She commences to eat them] Ohh, scrummy!
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Featured in The Hidden History of Homosexual Australia (2005) See more »

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Kinderszenen Op. 15, No. 1 Von Fremden Ländern Und Menschen
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Music by Robert Schumann
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Wisdom is Priceless....
28 May 2012 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bruce Beresford's 1978 drama is a likable movie, one that is part of the 12 DVD boxed set 'Australian Cinema Collection vol 1', that I imported from Down Under and am working through. This is the 2nd disc.

Usually, period dramas and ones that feature boarding school girls, hold less interest for me and I wasn't necessarily looking forward to watching it. However, it rolled along nicely, with believable and unpretentious characters, both the girls and the staff. The dialogue was 'teenage-girly' and believable as was the rather stuffy infatuation with and study of the classics, which was the way of etiquette and all that, back in the 1880's. Their recital and devotion to learning it is both touching but also slightly pathetic, if you think that there were so many other things in the world for them to be taught.

Which is what it was all about, really. Class. How you couldn't step up the ladder and how your social circumstances dictate how you live and how others treat you. Aside of that, I found the puppy love crush on a handsome teacher by quite a few of the girls absolutely wonderful and so very normal!

The Getting of Wisdom is not really a film I'd probably watch again, at least not in a hurry. It's certainly not Australia's best film but a very satisfactory one.


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