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Mona Lisa Smile
Directed by Mike Newell
Produced by Joe Roth
Starring Julia Roberts
Kirsten Dunst
Julia Stiles
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Ginnifer Goodwin
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) December 19, 2003
Running time 117 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $65,000,000
IMDb profile

Mona Lisa Smile is a 2003 American film that was produced by Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures, directed by Mike Newell, written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal, and starring Julia Roberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kirsten Dunst, and Julia Stiles. The title is a reference to the Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, and the song of the same name, originally performed by Nat King Cole, which was covered by Seal for the movie. The film is a loose adaptation of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, a novel by Muriel Spark, and the title also references that text. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (608x900, 108 KB) Summary Monalisa smile (2003) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Mike Newell can refer to: Mike Newell, film director Mike Newell, football player and manager Mike Newell, gentleman, scholar This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Joe Roth is a producer and film director, born on June 13, 1948 in New York City to a Jewish family. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American film actress and former fashion model. ... Kirsten[1] Caroline Dunst (born April 30, 1982) is an American actress, known for her roles in Interview with the Vampire (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and Bring It On, as well as for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in the... Julia OHara Stiles (born March 28, 1981) is an American stage and screen actress. ... Maggie Ruth Gyllenhaal (born November 16, 1977) is an American actress. ... Ginnifer Goodwin Ginnifer Goodwin (born May 22, 1978) is an American actress. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Revolution Studios was founded in 2000 by Joe Roth, a former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and Twentieth Century Fox. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... Michael Cormac Newell (born March 28, 1942) is an English director and producer of motion pictures for the screen and for television. ... Lawrence Konner (born September 14, 1949) is an American screenwriter and long-time writing partner of Mark Rosenthal. ... Mark Rosenthal is an American screenwriter and film director and long-time writing partner of Lawrence Konner. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American film actress and former fashion model. ... Maggie Ruth Gyllenhaal (born November 16, 1977) is an American actress. ... Kirsten[1] Caroline Dunst (born April 30, 1982) is an American actress, known for her roles in Interview with the Vampire (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and Bring It On, as well as for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in the... Julia OHara Stiles (born March 28, 1981) is an American stage and screen actress. ... Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda (La Joconde), is a 16th century oil painting on a poplar panel by Leonardo Da Vinci. ... “Da Vinci” redirects here. ... Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) was a popular American singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. ... Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel (born February 19, 1963 in Paddington, London, England) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning British soul vocalist and songwriter. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Dame Muriel Spark, DBE (February 1, 1918 – April 13, 2006) was a leading Scottish novelist. ...

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Box office performance

  • Costs (approximate):
    • Production: $65,000,000
    • Marketing: $25,000,000
  • Income:
    • United States: $63,860,942
    • Worldwide (excluding US): $76,972,150

ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ...

Synopsis

Mona Lisa Smile tells the story of a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and left as a first-year teacher from "Oakland State" University (thought to be a fictionalized University of California, Berkeley), leaves her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California in 1953, to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, United States. Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ... The University of California, Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a public university located in Los Angeles, California, United States. ... Sather tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Wellesley College (disambiguation). ... Womens colleges in the United States in higher education are American undergraduate, bachelors degree-granting institutions, often liberal arts colleges, whose student populations are comprised exclusively or almost exclusively of women. ... Private schools, or independent schools, are schools not administered by local, state, or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public (state) funds. ... A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


Watson tries to open her students' minds to their freedom to do whatever they want with their lives. She encourages her students to believe in themselves, to study to become career professionals, and to improve their economic futures. She uses her art teachings as a vehicle to put across her opinion to the young women; that her students needn't conform to stereotypes of women made by society, or the roles made for them by society, as women born to become housewives and mothers. She felt that women could do more things in life than solely adopt the roles of wives and mothers. In one scene of the movie, she shows her students four newspaper ads, and asks them to question what the future will think of the idea that women are born into the roles of wives and mothers. This article is about the philosophical concept of Art. ...


Watson's ideas and ways of teaching are contrary to methods deemed acceptable by the school's directors; conservative women who believe firmly that Watson should not use her class to express her points of views or befriend students, and should stick only to teaching art. Watson is warned that she could be fired if she continues to interact with students as she has been doing.


Undaunted, Watson becomes stronger in her speeches about feminism and the future of women. She is a firm believer that the outlook of women in society needed to be changed if women were to achieve better futures, and that she needed to instill a spirit of change among her students.


Watson chooses to leave after the one year but, as she is leaving the campus for the last time, her students run after her car, to show their affection and to thank her for her lessons. Many people have noticed the film's similarity to Dead Poets Society even going so far as to refer to it as "the feminist Dead Poets Society" or "Dead Poets Society with girls" [1]. It was released on VHS and DVD on July of 2004. Dead Poets Society is an Academy Award winning 1989 film, directed by Peter Weir. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Reaction from Wellesley alumnae

In a message to Wellesley alumnae concerning the film, Wellesley College president Diana Chapman Walsh expressed some degree of regret concerning the distressed reactions of some Wellesley alumnae to the film. Many alumnae who attended Wellesley during the 1950s felt that the film's portrayal of Wellesley as a stodgy, conservative college was inaccurate.


Campus Controversy

During the filming of "Mona Lisa Smile", the Wellesley College campus broke into controversy surrounding the casting of student extras. The use of the phrase "not too tan" in a casting call for current Wellesley students sparked a fear that casting directors were using race to discriminate against potential extras. Producers claimed that they were merely stressing the importance of finding women that had the "look of 1953", but later their response to the growing concern was that the film could not reflect the current Wellesley demographic, and had to be "accurate" to the period. Image File history File links Emblem-contradict. ... For other uses, see Wellesley College (disambiguation). ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A demographic or demographic profile is a term used in marketing and broadcasting, to describe a demographic grouping or a market segment. ...


Students presented their concerns to president, Diana Chapman Walsh to no avail, and began a campus-wide guerrilla campaign entitled "Too Tan for Mona Lisa Smiles", with a photo roster of African-American students denied the chance to participate in the film as student extras.


Student MAC, Jenna O. Bond-Louden, discovered that the film overrepresented the Asian student population, which was believed to be approximately 3 in 1953 (as the "Asian" ethnic group is not listed in the college's records), and significantly underrepresented African-Americans: only one of the about 200 extras were African-American in the entire film (although there were 12 African-American students enrolled, in a total student population of 1685). Languages Predominantly American English Religions Predominantly Christianity and Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ...


The controversy spilled over into the local media, and producers considered a compromise would be hiring willing minority students to act as production assistants. The college released a press statement highlighting the realities of Wellesley in 1953, and defending their decision to allow the film to shoot on campus. When the film's lead cast was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, a select group of African-American students were allowed to attend the show's taping, including the "Too Tan for Mona Lisa Smiles" leader. The film's casting was never altered to accurately reflect the racial diversity of 1953; producers now claim they were not interested in making a "documentary," and accuracy was not necessary. The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah) is an American nationally syndicated talk show, hosted and produced by Oprah Winfrey and is the highest-rated talk show in American television history. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ...


Students also protested the lack of concern by the studio for their ability to attend classes as normal with the blocking of pathways, streets, and buildings during the 8 days of shooting the film. Producers initially tried to adhere to the class schedule by not shooting in open areas immediately before and after classes, but that lasted only a short while. Student extras frustrated professors by missing class and important exams, and the entire campus began to speak out against the film's presence. The film was so intrusive to the quiet campus, that the board of trustees deemed that Wellesley College will never again open its doors to a film studio. A professor is a senior teacher and researcher, usually in a college or university. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Board of directors. ... For other uses, see Wellesley College (disambiguation). ...


Trivia

  • The classroom in which Julia Roberts teaches is in fact a Chemistry classroom in Columbia University's Havemeyer Hall, Havemeyer 309.
  • One of the soundtracks, Istanbul (Not Constantinople), was a favorite song of 1950's about the name change of Turkish city, Istanbul.
  • The office of Professor Bill Dunbar (played by actor Dominic West) is actually the Wellesley College quad; a grouping of four dormitories on the campus.
  • Some of the exteriors for Wellesley College and Harvard were, in fact, shot in the same courtyard at Yale's Silliman College.

Havemeyer Hall is an historic academic building located in Columbia University in New York City. ... Istanbul (Not Constantinople) is a swing-style song, written by Jimmy Kennedy and Nat Simon. ... Istanbul (Turkish: , Greek: , historically Byzantium and later Constantinople; see other names) is Turkeys most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. ... Dominic West (born October 15, 1969) is an English actor. ... For other uses, see Wellesley College (disambiguation). ... YALE (Yet Another Learning Environment) is an environment for machine learning experiments and data mining. ... Silliman College is a residential college at Yale University. ...

Cast

Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American film actress and former fashion model. ... Kirsten[1] Caroline Dunst (born April 30, 1982) is an American actress, known for her roles in Interview with the Vampire (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and Bring It On, as well as for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in the... Ginnifer Goodwin Ginnifer Goodwin (born May 22, 1978) is an American actress. ... Maggie Ruth Gyllenhaal (born November 16, 1977) is an American actress. ... Marcia Gay Harden Marcia Gay Harden (born August 14, 1959) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Julia OHara Stiles (born March 28, 1981) is an American stage and screen actress. ... Marian Seldes (born August 23, 1928 in New York City) is an award-winning American stage, film, radio, and television actress whose career has spanned six decades and who was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame. ... Juliet Anne Virginia Stevenson (born October 30, 1956) is an English actress. ... Dominic West (born October 15, 1969) is an English actor. ... John Slattery (born August 13, 1963, in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actor. ... Christopher John Grace (born July 12, 1978), better known as Topher Grace, is an American actor best known for playing the lead role of Eric Forman on That 70s Show during the shows first seven seasons and for appearing as Eddie Brock, Jr. ... Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... Lisa Roberts Gillan (born as Lisa Roberts January 1, 1965 in Decatur, Georgia) is an American actress. ...

External links

  • Mona Lisa Smile at the Internet Movie Database
  • Box Office Mojo's movie database entry
  • Julia Roberts interview for Mona Lisa Smile
  • "Role of the pioneering individual" in Mona Lisa Smile on Humanscience wikia

  Results from FactBites:
 
Mona Lisa Smile - Rotten Tomatoes (1009 words)
Mike Newell's MONA LISA SMILE is a pretty period film that combines a quaint pedagogical tale with a feminist dissection of traditional female roles in 1950s society.
Mona Lisa Smile's lesson of the day is delivered in an unoriginal manner through such shallow and unlikable characters that its message lacks an emotional punch.
It's not a smile, it's a smirk, and it's predatory.
Mona Lisa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4344 words)
Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda (La Joconde), is a 16th century oil painting on poplar wood by Leonardo da Vinci and is one of the most famous paintings in Western art history.
Her theory is that the Mona Lisa was the first official portrait of the new Duchess of Milan, which requires that it was painted in spring or summer 1489 (and not 1503).
Mona Lisa is famous for her beautiful changing smile and eyes that continue to stare and follow you no matter in which direction you turn.
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