Mona Lisa Smile Soundtrack (

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Rating: 6.50/10 from 90000 votes
Tags: year 1953, reference to the atomic bomb
Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

La sonrisa de Mona Lisa

Title in Italiano:

Mona Lisa Smile

Title in Português:

O Sorriso de Mona Lisa


Katherine Watson, an Oakland State University Ph.D. student, is hired as an Art History instructor at Wellesley College for the 1953/54 school year. She is not an obvious choice as Wellesley is an exclusive upper crust institution where its faculty, students and alumni generally look down upon "State" universities.

Katherine quickly learns that her paper credentials do affect how her students treat her. She also learns that the students are book smart, but do not know how to think for themselves. Their parents and the school administration foster a predetermined path in life for the girls, namely to stick to traditional mores and thoughts, with the primary goal of marrying into a good family.

There are pockets of free thinking among faculty and the students, but those thoughts and associated actions are generally quashed by the overall tone of the school. Katherine decides to instill into her students her own beliefs of what is important in learning. Will the students and administration allow Katherine to be contrary to the prescribed thought?

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Mona Lisa Smile
Lift Thine Eyes
For the Splendor of Creation
Gustav Holst: Writer
I Love Lucy
Harold Adamson: Writer
Secret Love
How High the Moon
Trio for 2 Flutes and Harp
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Trumpet Voluntary in D, Op. 6, No. 5 (Andante Largo)
'S Wonderful
Mona Lisa
Besame Mucho
Murder He Says
You Belong to Me
The Swan
Santa Baby
I've Got a Crush on You
The Glow Worm
I'm Sitting on Top of the World
Tea for Two
Walkin' My Baby Back Home
I'm Beginning to See the Light
No Moon at All
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream)
Flying Home
The Continental
What'll I Do
I've Got the World on a String
The Heart of Every Girl
Would I Mind
Jack Little: Performer
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
'S Wonderful
George Gershwin: Performer
I've Got a Crush on You
George Gershwin: Performer
I'm Sitting on Top of the World
Ray Henderson: Performer
Walkin' My Baby Back Home
Fred E. Ahlert: Performer
I'm Beginning to See the Light
Duke Ellington: Performer
What'll I Do
Irving Berlin: Performer
I've Got the World on a String
Harold Arlen: Performer

User reviews

Susan Carter

The soundtrack of Mona Lisa Smile effectively captures the atmosphere of the 1950s academic setting, transporting the listener to a time of societal expectations and conformity.

Timothy Parker

The music enhances the emotional depth of the film, providing a poignant backdrop to the struggles faced by Katherine and her students in challenging the status quo.

Laura Allen

The soundtrack of Mona Lisa Smile beautifully captures the essence of the time period and the struggle for individuality within a conservative society. The music perfectly complements the themes of the movie, enhancing the emotional impact of key scenes.

Richard Allen

The soundtrack successfully conveys the tension between tradition and progress, reflecting the clash of ideals experienced by the characters throughout the story.

Michael Jackson

Overall, the soundtrack of Mona Lisa Smile contributes significantly to the film's narrative, enhancing the storytelling and creating a memorable auditory experience for viewers.

Mary Baker

The use of classical pieces in the soundtrack adds a sense of sophistication and elegance, mirroring the refined environment of Wellesley College.

Karen Davis

The soundtrack's incorporation of period-appropriate songs adds authenticity to the overall cinematic experience, immersing the audience in the world of 1950s academia.

Michelle Anderson

The music complements the character development in the film, helping to evoke empathy and understanding for the challenges faced by each individual.

Robert Green

The eclectic mix of classical pieces and popular songs from the 1950s adds depth and richness to the storytelling, creating a nostalgic and immersive experience for the audience. The soundtrack effectively transports you to the world of Wellesley College in the 1950s, making you feel connected to the characters and their journey of self-discovery.