Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
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as Louis Mazzini
as Edith D'Ascoyne
as Crown Counsel
as Lord High Steward
as The Farmer
as Mr. Perkins
as The Girl in the Punt
as The Reporter
as The Farmer
as The Schoolmistress
as Prison Governor
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.
The sly and adroit Mr. Guinness plays eight Edwardian fuddy-duds with such devastating wit and variety that he naturally dominates the film.
Audience Reviews for Kind Hearts and Coronets
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.
Kind Hearts and Coronets Quotes
|Duke of Chalfont:||It had to be said that Henry was no longer to take part in activities.|
|Sibella:||Louis, I think I've married the most boring man in London!|
|Duke of Chalfont:||England?|
|Edith D'Ascoyne:||Kind hearts are more than coronets, And simple faith than Norman blood.|
|Edith D'Ascoyne:||Kind hearts are more than coronets, and simple faith than Norman blood.|
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