My CD of The Nun's Story from Stanyan lists The Jean Brodie score is/was available on CD as STZ 111-2, but I don't ever recall seeing it. Was it actually ever released? Thanks in advance. Reed
It was released on a LP, I don't recall if a CD version was ever issued. Also, 20th Century Fox issued a soundtrack LP. The Stanyan (Warner Bros.) version may be a re-record. I remeber all the BRODIE LPs being issued at about the same time and the LP jackets were not too clear on which was the actual soundtrack recording. However, it stands to reason that the FOX LP was in all probability the "official" soundtrack LP, but it was not as widely available as the Warner LP. BRODIE would be a good candidate for the Varese club!
Can anybody suggest why McKuen's mushy (though not unpleasant) tune might be appropriate for the tale of a crypto-fascist schoolteacher in 1920s Edinburgh? The film, of course, entirely missed Muriel Spark's ironic bite, but at least it preserved the outline of the story.
Come on, the charm of "Bonnie Jean" as portrayed by Ms. Smith was evident throughout the narrative, misguided though her political philosophy be. And as the ending made manifest, it was a naive misguiding.
Just wondering what the chances are of a CD release of Rod McKeun's score for this film. A Fox film with the LP released on Fox records. McKeun has quite a few fans outside of the soundtrack community so it might sell a few.
Anyway, while we wait here's a live recording of Mckeun singing 'The Ivy Thay Grows On The Wall' which is on the album and based on one of the themes used n the movie.
Here's Mckeun singing the soundtrack album version of 'Jean' which was used over the end titles but appears to have been removed from the DVD of the film.
As far as the parallel with Dead Poet's Society goes, it is valid as Maggie Smith overacts as hell much as Robin Williams.
That being being said, I love her and poor Williams would be no match for her.
You might have said KENNETH Williams of Carry-On fame. Did you know that she worked extensively with Kenneth Williams in theatre, was very fifiendly with him, and when you see and hear her persona in films it was the same for a long time?!
Robert Stephens, her husband, was also in PoMJB, and he began to copy her intonations and rhythms too after a while. Kenneth influenced Maggie, who influenced Robert.
I know the two schools in Edinburgh where it was filmed, neither of which was Gillespie's where it was set. I had the chance to meet Sparks once at a seminar in someone's house, and for some inexplicable reason I turned down the opportunity. Silly boy.
If you're referring to JEAN BRODIE, no, I never did see that one. It's sort of a stylistic cross between DEAD POETS SOCIETY and JANE EYRE, is it not?
Are ye mad?
Jane Eyre is a good girl in adverse circumstances who brings sanity to a near madman.
Jean Brodie is a psychosexually repressed Diana (the goddess I mean), no doubt with a daddy complex, who infects naively her impressionable pupils with Medusa-like idealism, and the teachers and prospective lovers around her haven't the sword of Perseus to slay the idealist animus.
If ye dinna ken the difference, ye're FODDER fer the weemen, Thor.
Re: Can anybody suggest why McKuen's mushy (though not unpleasant) tune might be appropriate for the tale of a crypto-fascist schoolteacher in 1920s Edinburgh? The film, of course, entirely missed Muriel Spark's ironic bite, but at least it preserved the outline of the story.
Well, a similar question could be asked about a song about raindrops falling on heads, which beat out "Jean" for the Oscar -- it was improbably out of place, but seemed to work, and I've never had any problem with "Jean" when I've watched "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." The "Brodie" soundtrack was once listed -- probably over a dozen years ago -- as coming out on CD, but we continue to wait for it, so it remains on my own CD wish list!
As for McKuen's "Joanna" soundtrack being a Japanese import, several years ago I wrote McKuen a very long letter in which, among many other things, I bemoaned the lack of a CD of his "Joanna" soundtrack. Two days later I received a heavy package with over a dozen of his CDs, including a wonderful "Joanna" soundtrack CD that had almost double the tracks of the original soundtrack, and I see nothing on it that would indicate that it's a Japanese import. (When are they EVER going to release "Joanna" on DVD???) I had long been a fan of McKuen, buying many of his records back in the 60s and 70s and going to some of his concerts -- I remember one memorable concert at the Santa Monica Auditorium where I took 2 of my sisters, and they loved him. I've long been a fan of his album "The Sea" as well as other releases with his poetry and love his longtime partnership with Anita Kerr and her group the San Sebastian Strings, and recently reacquainted myself with his CD in which he sang the songs of Jacques Brel and wasn't disappointed. But one disappointing missing link for me has been this wonderful LP of instrumental versions of many of his songs, which, to my knowledge, has never been released on CD, so one day I may have to transfer that scratchy LP to digital. Interesting topic and it's nice to take this opportunity to play some of his music. Many people probably have no idea that he also wrote classical pieces, such as his lovely Concerto for Balloon and Orchestra, Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, and a Concerto for 4 Harpsichords, a bit of which we hear in "Joanna." He kept himself very busy during his most productive years.
9-15-13 follow-up to the above. I just posted the following in a new discussion about the "Joanna" video and soundtrack:
I wrote recently in a discussion here about Rod McKuen's music for "The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie" that several years ago I wrote the composer a long letter and in the middle of it mentioned my frustration that his music for "Joanna" had never been released on CD. Two days later a very heavy package arrived with more than a dozen of his recordings, including, to my joy, the CD for "Joanna." Someone said here that it was a Japanese import and I insisted that my copy didn't seem to be an import. I was wrong. Most of the text of the 16-page booklet that comes with it are in, I presume, Japanese. There are 29 cues on it, a whopping 14 that were previously unissued (on the original soundtrack LP), Of course I was overjoyed to receive such a gift from McKuen and continue to enjoy that soundtrack as well as his other music.