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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.
Translation to a screen comedy has been effected with a mature wit.
It's a brilliantly cynical film without a hint of middle-class guilt or bitterness.
The sly and adroit Mr. Guinness plays eight Edwardian fuddy-duds with such devastating wit and variety that he naturally dominates the film.
Despite its murders and intrigues, its betrayals and blood feuds, Kind Hearts and Coronets has a dry and detached air.
This is an exceedingly funny film, scintillating with rapid witty dialogue by John Dighton and Robert Hamer, who has also directed with excellent taste.
A high comedy that is enlivened with cynicism, loaded with dramatic irony and shot through with a suspicion of social satire.
Shot through with pitch black humour and biting satire on both the moribund upper class and the grasping venality of the suburban middle class.
Hamer had a particular liking for the late-Victorian/Edwardian world and was a great Francophile.
Amazingly courageous for its day (1949) in combining bad taste with good comedy.
This was Robert Hamer's masterpiece...
Alec Guinness is fantastic playing eight different characters but it is Dennis Price who shines in this witty, delightful British dark comedy that proves so compelling showing the minutiae of the main character's plan to eliminate eight people in order to obtain a title.
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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