The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

RONALD NEAME

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5

United Kingdom, 1969.  Twentieth Century-Fox Productions.  Screenplay by , based on her play, adapted from the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1969.  Cannes Film Festival 1969.  Golden Globe Awards 1969National Board of Review Awards 1969.  New York Film Critics Awards 1969.  

Maggie Smith earned her international reputation in this excellent British comedy-drama. She plays an eccentric Scottish teacher at an all-girls’ school in Edinburgh who pushes her pupils towards impractical passions and away from the minor concerns of everyday life. She herself has a personal life which is pretty messy, what with her many romances with other faculty members (including then real-life husband ) and inability to figure out her feelings for anybody including herself. Her wayward teachings, while well-intentioned, end up getting the better of her when one of her students () decides to put a stop to her. The drama crackles, and Smith gives a tour de force performance that commands the screen every minute she graces it. Adapted by Jay Presson Allen from her equally successful stage play.

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