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Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

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Dennis Price Dennis Price
Louis
Joan Greenwood Joan Greenwood
Sibella
Alec Guinness Alec Guinness
The D'Ascoyne Family: The Duke / The Banker / The Parson / The General / The Admiral / Young Ascoyne / Young Henry / Lady Agatha
Miles Malleson Miles Malleson
The Hangman
Clive Morton Clive Morton
The Prison Governor
John Penrose John Penrose
Lionel


Written by
Robert Hamer Robert Hamer
(screenplay)
Nancy Mitford Nancy Mitford
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Kind Hearts and Coronets

4 years, 3 months ago at Dec 26 22:45
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The Brits are already known for their stiff-lipped humor, and Kind Hearts and Coronets adds to that by giving the entire proceedings a moribund flavor. It isn’t just that the film is politely sarcastic, even by the already rigid standards of the Brits, but it is decidedly dark and twisted in its worldview and demolishment of the British class structure. The basic structure is that of a long-lost... read more

A classic

10 years, 11 months ago at May 21 21:21
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Since I kept hearing some really good things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out. Unfortunately, even though I did like it, I'm afraid I didn't really connect with the whole thing. I don't know, maybe I wasn't in the right mood or maybe it has to do with the fact that I saw it on the BBC without subtitles so I missed a bit of the dialogs. Still, like I said before, I still liked i... read more

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2 years, 1 month ago at Mar 18 17:42
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As much as I loved The Ladykillers, Kind Hearts and Coronets is my personal favourite of the Ealing comedies. One might argue that the narration is overused, I would say the narration added to the darkness, wit and charm of this superb film. The cinematography is crisp and smooth, and the score is great. Then we are treated to a deliciously witty script, that is funny, dark and has bite. The story... read more
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Director Robert Hamer’s fiendishly funny KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS stands as one of Ealing Studios’ greatest triumphs, and one of the most wickedly hilarious black comedies ever made. Dennis Price is sublime as an embittered young commoner determined to avenge his mother’s unjust disinheritance by ascending to her family’s dukedom. Unfortunately, eight relatives, all played by the incomparable Alec Guinness, must be eliminated before he can do so.
Release date: 14 June 1950
UPC: 013131145991
Tags: Black Comedy (9), Comedy (8), 1949 (7), 1940s (5), Murder (5), British (4), Crime (4), Dark Comedy (4), Serial Killer (3), UK (2), Essential Cinema (2), Duke (2), Social Differences (2), Gallows Humor (2), Funeral (2), Quirky (2), Aristocracy (2), Odd (2), B&w (2), Ealing Studios (2)
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“As much as I loved The Ladykillers, Kind Hearts and Coronets is my personal favourite of the Ealing comedies. One might argue that the narration is overused, I would say the narration added to the darkness, wit and charm of this superb film. The cinematography is crisp and smooth, and the score is great. Then we are treated to a deliciously witty script, that is funny, dark and has bite. The story slips smoothly between dastardly deaths in the guise of a self-satisfied memoir, and is gripping while moving along at a good pace, and the direction is secure. But it is the quality of the acting that elevates Kind Hearts and Coronets. Dennis Price is brilliant as the inventive killer, and Joan Greenwood is delicious as Sibella the vamp. Also convincing as Edith is Valerie Hobson, but the scene ” read more

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Kind Hearts and Coronets

“The Brits are already known for their stiff-lipped humor, and Kind Hearts and Coronets adds to that by giving the entire proceedings a moribund flavor. It isn’t just that the film is politely sarcastic, even by the already rigid standards of the Brits, but it is decidedly dark and twisted in its worldview and demolishment of the British class structure. The basic structure is that of a long-lost relative (Dennis Price) slowly murdering the various members of the D’Ascoyne family, eight of them to be exact, in order to get his hands on the family fortune and title.   The nature of privilege and what an outsider will do to obtain it is ripe material for comedic exploration, but Ealing Studios’ blackest of black comedies exists in a realm of almost anti-humor. I don’t know if much ” read more

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