A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".
After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood ... See full summary »
Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. Written by
Costars Julia Roberts and Marcia Gay Harden won Oscars in the same year--Roberts for Erin Brockovich, and Harden for Pollock. See more »
Katherine Watson tells her class that Vincent van Gogh never sold a painting during his lifetime. He actually sold one painting, to his brother Theo, for 5 francs. See more »
All her life, she had wanted to teach at Wellesley College. So, when a position opened in the Art History department, she pursued it single-mindedly until she was hired. It was whispered that Katherine Watson, a first-year teacher from Oakland State, made up in brains what she lacked in pedigree. Which was why this bohemian from California was on her way to the most conservative college in the nation.
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The end credits for the prominent cast and crew are set in front of vintage footage and advertisements showing women in the 1940s and 50s. See more »
Beautiful to look at, otherwise this depiction of 1950s life is a fantasy...and an airheaded, cliched one to boot. Language and behavior are 90s/millennial, not the 50s. (Just a small example: "disrespect" would never have been used as a verb in the 1950s -- not that it should be used so now either, but that's another issue.) If one's going to do a period piece (essentially a costume drama), it would be nice to have some knowledge about the history and lives of the period. Rent "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and "The Group" instead if you want inside info on girls'/women's education -- on opposite ends of the quality drama spectrum but both very daring in their own rights. Mona Lisa Smile is not daring. But it is very pretty to look at.
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