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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie [DVD] [1978]
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie [DVD] [1978]
Dvd ~ Geraldine McEwan
Price: £10.90

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete, 10 Feb. 2013
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Geraldine Mcewan is wonderful as Miss Jean Brodie, as good in her own way as Maggie Smith is in hers. They are both incredible actresses. The problem with this version is that the producers obviously meant to continue it beyond the first season, except that they didn't, and so the mini-series doesn't end, it just 'stops'. The Miss Brodie in this series is much more chaste than her cinematic counterpart, who managed to carry on affairs with both the art teacher (Robert Stephens), as well as the choir instructor (Gordon Jackson). Mcewan's Miss Brodie gets no further than fending off a kiss from Teddy Lloyd (art teacher), citing his wife and family as obstacles (something that never bothered Maggie Smith's Brodie). In fact, the whole Miss Brodie/Sandy/Teddy ill-fated triangle never gets off the ground here, though possibly the writers meant to develop it in the later episodes that never materialized. So the story arc is never completed, and the sense of tragedy that hangs over the movie Brody never makes an appearance here. Still, I recommend this set for lovers of the book and movie. First and foremost I love Geraldine Mcewan in anything. And the rest of the cast is excellent as well, particularly Lynsey Baxter as Sandy (though I am a huge Pamela Franklin fan as well, and she remains my favorite in the role). In addition, the episodes are generally well-written, and one can't help wonder how it might have continued, if it had been allowed to continue.

Summer Magic [DVD]
Summer Magic [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hayley Mills
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: £5.70

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic, 30 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Summer Magic [DVD] (DVD)
I saw this movie at my local theater in Brooklyn, NY, when I was 11 years old.
It was the summer of 1963, just a few months before the assassination of President Kennedy. I had been for some time completely in love with the beautiful young English actress Hayley Mills. Just thinking of that time still makes me happy after all these years. As for the film itself: The acting and singing are fine, the story moves along at a good clip without ever taxing or stressing the viewer, and it's all very enjoyable. Like a valentine from the long-gone innocent days of childhood.
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Park Lane
Park Lane
by Frances Osborne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Novel, 16 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Park Lane (Hardcover)
Frances Osborne has written an engaging and engrossing novel in the fine English tradition that has come down from Jane Austen. Bea and Grace are fully realized characters, as are their erstwhile brothers, Edward and Michael. Osborne creates an upstairs/downstairs world at once more believable than Downton Abbey but just as entertaining.

Seeing some of the negative reviews on this page was puzzling at first, but reading through them I have the feeling that these readers were expecting more of a light, 'romance' read, or a frothy sex romp, or something. But this is a fully realized novel with three-dimensional characters living out their story at a crucial period in world history.

In short---Buy it, read it, you won't be disappointed. You'll be looking forward to many more fine novels from Osborne in the coming years!

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