The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Geraldine McEwan (Agatha Christie’s Marple) stars as imperious, unorthodox teacher Jean Brodie, who endeavors to fill her students, all impressionable young girls, with a love of art and as much self-confidence as she possesses. Set in Edinburgh in the 1930s, this seven-part series is adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark, who considered McEwan’s performance the best portrayal of her iconic character. 6 hrs, 3 DVDs, SDH.

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Disc 1

Episode 1

Frustrated by students she perceives as provincial and unwilling to marry her wealthy suitor, George Jenkins, Miss Brodie seeks an appointment at the elite Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh.

 

Episode 2

Newly arrived in Edinburgh, Miss Brodie gives a dramatic speech, meets her students, offends the conservative Miss Gaunt, and draws the attention of handsome and married art teacher Teddy Lloyd.

 

Episode 3

Having fallen under the spell of their passionate, charismatic teacher, students Sandy and Jenny fuel their romantic fantasies with made-up stories and try to convince Miss Brodie to tell them the facts of life.

 

Disc 2

Episode 4

An admirer of all things Italian, including Mussolini and fascism, Miss Brodie develops a special interest in an Italian student. When the girl’s father explains the real reason for the family’s move to Edinburgh, Miss Brodie sees things differently.

 

Episode 5

Miss Brodie recruits the beautiful young Rose into her circle of favored students after learning that the girl has no mother at home. With Rose in the limelight, however, some of the other girls grow jealous and resentful.

 

Disc 3

Episode 6

The famous ballerina Anna Pavlova is coming to Edinburgh. Miss Brodie insists that her girls experience this important cultural event, and enthusiastically predicts the future stardom of one of her students.

 

Episode 7

Graceless, unkempt Mary is the opposite of the well-groomed, confident girls Miss Brodie cultivates in her class. Nevertheless, when Miss Brodie learns more about Mary, she decides to take her under her wing.

 

Packaging: Boxed set

Run Time: 366 minutes

Format: Full screen

Number of discs: 3

Language: English

Subtitles: No

Color or B&W: Color

CC: No

SDH: Yes

Region Code: 1

Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Rating: NR.

Other: Due to the age of these programs and the improved resolution that DVD provides, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and audio on this DVD presentation that were beyond the studio’s ability to correct from the original materials.

“A marvelous performance by Geraldine McEwan” —The New York Times

 

“A classic adaptation” —Daily Record (UK)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

5 Stars

from OH on 9/26/2013 1:28:00 PM wrote:

Just loved this! Is there a season two?

Worth the wait

5 Stars

Susan from NY on 4/30/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I have been waiting for this series to make it to DVD for years - a wonderful production