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Tired old queen at the movies

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The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

M
aggie Smith won her first and much deserved Oscar for the screen adaptation of Muriel Spark's novel, The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie.

Directed by Ronald Neame, the film takes place in Edinborough, Scotland in the 1930's and deals with the legacy of a charismatic teacher who has a tragic influence on her pupils. It also stars Smith's then husband Robert Stephens, Celia Johnson, Gordon Jackson and the extraordinary Pamela Franklin as the one pupil not completely taken in by the Brodie mystique. It's a fascinating coming of age film that will have you laughing, crying and fascinated by the powerhouse performance of the great Maggie Smith.

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