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Kind Hearts and Coronets (1950)

Kind Hearts and Coronets
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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


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Roy Horniman Roy Horniman
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Robert Hamer Robert Hamer
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A classic

7 years, 2 months ago at May 21 21:21
Since I kept hearing 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 it and it is ... read more

Kind Hearts and Coronets

7 months, 1 week ago at Dec 26 22:45
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
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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: 20 January 1950
UPC: 013131145991
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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 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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"This is a black comedy classic, and one of the first black-and-white movies I ever saw. It's a tale told in flashback of how our hero went about murdering the whole D'Ascoyne lineage in order to secure his rightful place as Duke. I always simply enjoyed it as a straight-up tale of revenge, since I couldn't help but agree that the way the D'Ascoyne family disowned his mother in the past was pretty shameful, but I guess that's also where its dark humour comes from: the righteous sense of justice i"


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