#33: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

“The 2012 Movie challenge . To watch at least 150 movies during this year.”
Movie #33 – 02 February 2012
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (UK – 1969) Directed by Ronald Neame

The whole movie is a portrait of an English teacher who has a fascination for the fascist ideology of the ’30s. In a girls’ school in Edinburgh the relaxed and revolutionary methods of Miss Jean Brodie clash with current habits. Taken from a good novel (1961) by Muriel Spark, who had already had a successful theatrical adaptation, starring the pair Stephens-Smith (husband and wife in real life) and filmed on locations in Scotland, the movie is primarily an admirable portrait of a woman. Maggie Smith gives a beautiful performance, who earned her an Oscar. Loved it.

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