Kind Hearts and Coronets (The Criterion Collection)
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Top Customer Reviews
The film is black and white, and not DVD subtitled, but it is closed-captioned. In any case, for the US audience, the British accents (particularly Price's) are generally easy to follow. The DVD resolution, contrast and video noise levels are quite good. Sound is par for a 1950 release.
The film stars Dennis Price as the narrator, Louis Mazzini. He recounts his efforts to wreck revenge on the members of his mother's titled family who had disowned her when she married an Italian opera singer. His particular form of revenge consists of murder, and the film consists of his various efforts in this direction. Guinness, who in the course of his career managed to die in an astounding number of films, in this one manages to die eight times. He is excellent in each and every incarnation of a member of the D'Ascoyne family. Valerie Hobson is as elegant as always in playing the widow of one his victims with whom he later becomes romantically involved. Hobson was a great light of British cinema in the forties and early fifties, but gave up acting to marry politician John Profumo, who would be the principal public figure to fall in the Christine Keeler scandal. The film also features one of my all time favorite actresses, Joan Greenwood, who may have possessed the most delicious voice of any female in the history of film. Mention must also be made of Miles Malleson, who has a small but memorable role as the hangman.
The makers of the film manage a perfect concoction of highbrow wit that still managed to border on the absurd. For instance, at one point Mr.Read more ›
What a purchase! I never expected a film from 1949 to be so amoral and sexually charged. The movie opens in jail, with a hangman making the final preparations for the execution of the 10th Duke of Chalfont, Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price). The remainder of the movie is told in flashback with Mazzini's narration - he tells us, quite detached from the events on screen, exactly how he came to be in such a precarious position.
Mazzini's mother, a member of the wealthy D'Ascoyne clan, ran off with an Italian opera singer and was barred from associating with her family again. On her deathbed, as a result of a tragic accident, she made a last request to be buried in the family plot - which was refused. In his anger, Mazzini vows revenge, and decides to murder all the remaining members of the D'Ascoyne clan one by one - which would also make him the next Duke of Chalfont. Throughout all this, there is also another running subplot involving his childhood friend Sibella Holland (Joan Greenwood) and her equally intriguing scheming, and how they play off each other.
Did I mention this a comedy?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent!!! First watched it with my dad then with friends in subsequent years. Some of us can quote nearly the entire film.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Hilarious. I've loved this movie since I was a kid and my dad made me watch it. So I made my teenaged sons watch it with me. They honestly loved it. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Lost My Cookies
This was British humor, dry and delivered with lots of sarcasm. My entire family enjoyed this movie.Published 2 months ago by S.Farber
Before he became better known for dramatic roles, Alec Guinness made several terrific British comedies. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TLR
This is one of the best of the old films. I had watched in more than once in the past, and I bought it to show friends after we had seen the Broadway musical , "A Gentleman's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Frances T. Munzenrider
The dialogue is the real star of the film The acting is so corny but quaint.Published 5 months ago by Blair Gubernath
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