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Mona Lisa Smile

[cert 12, 117 mins]

Progressive teacher Katherine Watson arrives at the prestigious, conservative all- women college of Wellesley in the autumn of 1953 to teach History of Art. The students are amongst the brightest women in the country and have absorbed the course reading-list before Katherine's first lecture. To gain their attention she throws the textbook out the window and instead asks them to consider their own responses to contemporary art. Although the students are, at first, confused and dismissive of her teaching style they soon become fascinated by her ideas on art and life.

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Director: Mike Newell

Starring: Julia Roberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Stiles, Kirsten Dunst

Level: GCSE, KS3

Subjects: Citizenship, English, Film Studies, History, Media Studies

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