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Rattigan was a meticulous composer of the "well-made play," and Anthony Asquith, who directed 10 films from Rattigan scripts over a quarter-century, was a reliable craftsman who never tried to upstage his material. (Asquith's best film apart from Rattigan was the delicious rendition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest he and Redgrave did the following year.) It's easy to protest that this is not a formula for exciting "cinema": every scene of The Browning Version could be (and had been) performed on stage. Yet this subtly shaded and finally very moving immersion in "human nature"--to use a phrase "the Crock" scorns at one point--makes a virtue of reticence. By the time it's over, you know it has all the cinema it needs. --Richard T. Jameson
Anyone with half of a heart will feel this movie.
The film deftly introduces these "good Samaritans" in a lively dispute, in which they display the personal qualities that will make them helpful to Crocker-Harris.
A man who has devoted is life to teaching students who loathe him , is also married to a wife who is in love with one of his colleagues.
If you love "redemption" as a theme, you'll like this one.Published 9 hours ago by Lavinia Pleydell
This was a brilliant tale of redemption. I was deeply moved by it. I loved Crocker Harris' struggle to become more human and more honest. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven Summerstone
THE BROWNING VERSION is a beautifully wrought character study of an English public school (which Americans call private school) teacher experiencing life crisis in the mid-20th... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Josef K
another must see and must have. a quietly bold film that has the kind of outcome that is rare and satisfying. Redgrave is captivating.Published 5 months ago by E.G.
Brilliantly done classic which provides an insight into the personal lives of a student and a highly regarded teacher. The movie stimulated much thought. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bruce Miller
One of the greatest cinema efforts ever done. Regrave is a master of his art.Published 7 months ago by Ramon V. Nicholl
this version of the play done on screen was a quality piece. Redgrave's subtle acting superb, and the depth portrayed here by all the characters including the boys, especially the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by will crow
I have both the 1951 and the 1994 versions of "The Browning Version" and I recommend both of them. (There are a couple of TV versions which I have not seen. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Black
This is an amazing character study, and every actor is totally suited to his/her part.
So very much of what is entertainment today is trivial and superficial. Read more