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Kind Hearts & Coronets is regarded as one of the most perfect of the
Golden-Age Ealing comedies and is included on the British Film Institute’s list
of the 100 Best British Films of the 20th Century.
Alec Guinness hilariously features in eight different roles as the unsuspecting members of the aristocratic D’Ascoyne family – murdered one by one by the scheming, outcast cousin Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price). Mazzini's mother was a D'Ascoyne by birth, but when she ran away with an opera singer she was ostracized by her family as a result. When her dying wish to be buried in the family crypt is refused, Louis vows to get his revenge. As he ascends the social ranks, he is torn between his love for now-married childhood sweetheart, and equally devilish Sibella (Joan Greenwood), and the saintly wife of one of his victims, Edith D’Ascoyne (Valerie Hobson).
Digitally remastered., Audio Commentary with Peter Bradshaw, Terence Davies & Matthew Guinness. , John Landis Introduction. , Dennis Price: Those British Faces. , BBC Radio 3 The Essay - British Cinema of the 1940s: Kind Hearts and Coronets (Audio Featurette). , Alternative American Ending. , Restoration Comparison. , Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery. , Excerpt from BECTU History Project interview with Douglas Slocombe. , Trailer.
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 106 minutes
Production Year: 1949
Main Language: English
Typical Ealing film where less is more. Guinness and Price are ideally cast for this particular brand of laid back drama. A tale of what was very common in those days. Rank, privilege, snobbery and the need to know one's place. Price, however, thinks his place is over the bodies of several relations.