Period drama starring Maggie Smith in her Oscar-winning role as the eccentric Scottish teacher whose unorthodox views and teaching methods entrance pupils at an exclusive Edinburgh girls’ school in the 1930s.
Her idealism inspires her band of girls, but then her cosy world begins to fall apart.
Although Vanessa Redgrave was a hit in the West End version of Muriel Spark’s novel, few would argue that the part of liberated schoolmarm Jean Brodie now belongs solely to Smith.
Never have such politically incorrect opinions been expressed with such disarming charm or been received with such trusting innocence.
While Smith thoroughly deserved her Oscar, it is somewhat surprising that Celia Johnson was overlooked for her superb performance as the disapproving headmistress.
Robert Stephens and Gordon Jackson are also on form as the men in Smith’s life, and Pamela Franklin impresses as the pupil who turns Judas.
Miss Allison Kerr