Mona Lisa Smile

Synopsis: Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Mike Newell
Production: Sony Pictures Releasing
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

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Seated Scribe. Egypt. 2400 B.C.

Peasant Couple Plowing.

Sixteenth century B.C. Egypt.

Snak e Goddess.

Minoan. 1600 B.C.

Fresco. Minoan. 1600 B.C.

Funeral Mask. Mycenaean. 1200.

Could someone please get-?

Thank you.

By a show of hands only... many of you have read

the entire text?

- And the suggested supplements.

- Long way from Oakland State?

Well, you girls do prepare.

If you've nothing else for us,

we could go to independent study.


I was in California once. How do you

get work done with all that sunshine?

- We tan in class.

- Really?


You know, not everybody

wanted you.

I'm not naming any names.

These jobs usually go quickly.

Ex-students, friends of, you know...

...the right people.

The person they wanted took a job at

Brown, and no one else was available.

So here you are.

You can go in now. Good luck.

Your first class left a lot

to be desired, Miss Watson.

And I'm curious about the subject

of your dissertation.

You suggest, " Picasso will do

for the 20th century...

...what Michelangelo did

for the Renaissance," unquote.

In terms of influencing movements.

So these canvases that

they're turning out these days...

...with paint dripped

and splotched on them...

...they're as worthy of our attention

as Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel?

I'm not comparing them.

Have you ever seen

the Sistine Chapel, Miss Watson?

Actually stood there?

I've never been to Europe.

I can assure all of you this is the place

I want to be more than anything.

Better discipline next class,

Miss Watson.

- Hello.

- It's me.

- Hey!

- Collect from Katherine Watson.

- Will you accept?

- Yeah, sure, of course I will.

Hey, is everything okay?


Tough, huh?

Well, how are the classes?

Snobs, right?

- I hate to say I told you so.

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Lawrence Konner

Lawrence Konner is an American screenwriter and television writer of shows such as Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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