Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
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as Louis Mazzini
as Edith D'Ascoyne
as Crown Counsel
as Lord High Steward
as Mr. Perkins
as The Farmer
as The Girl in the Punt
as The Reporter
as The Farmer
as The Schoolmistress
as Prison Governor
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Critic Reviews for Kind Hearts and Coronets
At once a witty comedy of manners, a grotesque serial-killer caper and an acerbic satire on the class system.
Robert Hamer's 1949 film is often cited as the definitive black, eccentric British comedy, yet it's several cuts better than practically anything else in the genre.
It's a brilliantly cynical film without a hint of middle-class guilt or bitterness.
A high comedy that is enlivened with cynicism, loaded with dramatic irony and shot through with a suspicion of social satire.
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Fantastic performances and a tightly wound script as well as some pitch black humour. Full review later.
An expertly crafted British black comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets features a remarkably witty script and eight iconic performances from Sir Alec Guinness as every member of the antagonist d'Ascoyne family, not to mention the marvelously cheeky work Dennis Price put forth as the lead anti-hero. A true treat of cinematic cynicism in a fresh, post-WWII European society.
Sir Alec Guinness does a remarkable job indeed playing an entire family (!) slated for revenge after disowning a member who simply marries for love rather than position but this really is the underrated Dennis Price's film as the suave and genteel soul of her revenge ... served cold. The heat herein comes from the ever deliciously sultry Joan Greenwood as his destined soulmate and only match.
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