The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969, Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens)

Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Pamela Franklin

Novel, play, film, television series, revived as a classic at London’s National Theatre. Viewers of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie may wonder why such a fuss should be made over 60 years of this study of a 1930s Edinburgh schoolteacher whose force of personality so affects the lives of her pupils.

Miss Brodie (Maggie Smith) imparts a romantic but decidedly partisan view of life, bitterly opposed by her headteacher (Celia Johnson) and is eventually done down by one of her devotees. The conventional direction allows Smith’s central powerhouse performance full rein but muffs the unlikely climax.

Cast: Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Gordon Jackson, Celia Johnson, Diane Grayson

Director: Ronald Neame
Producer: Robert Fryer
Writer: Jay Presson Allen
Photographer: Ted Moore