The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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Muriel Spark's wonderful slip-sliding novella is narrowed down and heightened in Jay Presson Allen's adaptation for Fox of her own stage play (drawn from Spark's book), which omits much sense of the wider, crueller world of the '30s outside the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, where Miss Brodie imparts her own rarefied, romantic view of life to her chosen 'set'. Nevertheless, Maggie Smith is handed a part in the eccentric, trite, purposeful and finally pathetic Jean Brodie which allows her to play to all her considerable strengths. Her performance is ably counterpointed by Stephens as the knowing, married art teacher Teddy Lloyd (to whose bed she attempts to send one of her girls, in her own place), and Celia Johnson as the pursed headmistress determined to sack her. Good support, too, from the girls, notably Jane Carr, as Mary McGregor, the new girl who dies on her way to fight against Miss Brodie's hero Franco, and Pamela Franklin, as Sandy, who finally puts paid to her teacher by denouncing her fascism.
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1968

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116 mins

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Arthur Dawrant

The movie, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, has much to commend it. Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the depression-era years of the early 1930s, the story focuses on the life and misadventures of Jean Brodie, a teacher at an exclusive girls school. We learn little of the earlier life of this woman of character who, in contrast to most school teachers, supports right wing causes such as those of Italy's Mussolino and Spain's Franco. Unlike her fellow educators she supports right wing causes espoused by dictators such as Italy's Mussolino and Spain's Generalisimo Franco. Jane is especially fond of four of her students and much of the interest of the movie relates to her influence on them. There is a sad ending -- Miss Brodie is dismissed for her indiscreet behaviour and one pupil dies after going to Spain to help that country's republican cause. A movie of classic proportions -- much to be admired.

Arthur Dawrant

The movie, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, has much to commend it. Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the depression-era years of the early 1930s, the story focuses on the life and misadventures of Jean Brodie, a teacher at an exclusive girls school. We learn little of the earlier life of this woman of character who, in contrast to most school teachers, supports right wing causes such as those of Italy's Mussolino and Spain's Franco. Unlike her fellow educators she supports right wing causes espoused by dictators such as Italy's Mussolino and Spain's Generalisimo Franco. Jane is especially fond of four of her students and much of the interest of the movie relates to her influence on them. There is a sad ending -- Miss Brodie is dismissed for her indiscreet behaviour and one pupil dies after going to Spain to help that country's republican cause. A movie of classic proportions -- much to be admired.