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Maggie Smith’s 1969 Oscar-winning performance as the title character, a teacher at an all-girls school in Edinburgh in the 1930s who intones that “all my girls are Brodie girls, and they are the crème de la crème,” is one for the ages. With her eccentricities and love of the arts, she is hard to resist, until she starts to confuse the glories of the Italian Renaissance with the rise of Italian fascism.

 

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