St. Andrew’s Day Films and Discussion
Saltire Society of New York In Conjunction with Brooklyn College Film Department will sponsor a talk on Brigadoon and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The event will take place in the Woody Tanger Auditorium of the LaGuardia Hall library at Brooklyn College located at 2900 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn New York on St. Andrew’s Day, Nov. 30th 2015 from noon until 6:00 pm. Directions to the college can be found here.
The 1954 film of Brigadoon is a fantasy musical set in Scotland and is based on the 1947 play of the same name by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe. The story is a bone of contention with many Scots while it is much loved by many Americans.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) based on a novel by a Scot, Muriel Spark, won an Oscar for its star Maggie Smith. The song “Jean”, by Rod McKuen (who died this past January) , also won the Academy Award that year for best song.
The talk by Prof. John Beatty of Brooklyn College will discuss the differences in approach taken by the American writers and their fantasized version of Scotland and Sparks vision of pre-World War II Scotland.
The program will run from noon until 6 pm.
Noon: Welcome and introduction to Brigadoon
12:30 - 2:30 Brigadoon and discussion
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00-5:30 Introduction to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and discussion
5:30 – 6:00 Discussion and comparison of the two films.
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