Top positive review
1 April 2014
I recall in 1961 when the book came out that a number of my contemporaries were ecstatic over it. Some even had the title as "The Pride of Miss Jean Brodie"! This would indeed serve as an alternative title for the lady teacher prides herself on her little band of pupil followers.
Having taught in a number of schools myself, both north and south of the Scottish boarder (including Wales), I find it difficult to imagine any teacher as blatant as Miss Brodie would have got away with it for so long without being dismissed. But that would not serve the author's purpose and so instead we have an entertaining display of eccentricity from Miss Brodie that cannot fail to rub off onto some of her protégés.
This film production from 1969 is well cast, produced and directed with outstanding performances from Maggie Smith, Celia Johnson, Pamela Franklin, Robert Stephens and others. (The Scottish inflections become a little watered down at times but never sufficiently to detract from one's enjoyment of the film.) For me Celia Johnson should merit particular praise for her steadfast rendition of a headmistress who is not without a sense of humour.
Excellent sound and picture quality throughout. Worthy of being in any serous collection of classic films from the mid-twentieth century.