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Kind Hearts and Coronets (BFI Film Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

In Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) schemes and murders his way to a dukedom. Robert Hamer's pitch-black comedy of manners is legendary for having Alec Guinness play all of Louis's rivals and targets--among them the doddering Reverend Lord Henry D'Ascoyne and the formidably militant suffragette Lady Agatha D'Ascoyne. Perhaps the greatest Ealing comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets is equally a brilliant satire of the English class system and a playful drama of doubles and confused identity.

Hamer was a heavy drinker whose career would soon go off the rails; Price was gay and troubled. Michael Newton looks into the turbulent personalities that formed the complex style of Kind Hearts and Coronets, with its dandies and blackmailers, aristocrats and assassins. And he unravels that style's fusion of cynicism, contempt, sparkling wit and philosophical curiosity. 'It is very funny,' Newton says, 'and, in a demonically subtle way, very wise. And for the bitter, the easy self-deprecators, the procrastinators, the snobs, the junkies of possibility, the flirts, the wits, the wastrels . . . it is perhaps the perfect movie.'

Synopsis:

One of Britain's best loved films, a comedy masterpiece . Perhaps the greatest Ealing comedy.

Synopsis:

In Kind Hearts and Coronets"(1949), Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) schemes and murders his way to a dukedom. This title looks into the turbulent personalities that formed the complex style of this film to unravel the fusion of cynicism, contempt, sparkling wit and philosophical curiosity.

About the Author

Michael Newton is the author of Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children (Faber, 2002). He teaches at University College London, Central St Martins School of Art, and Princeton University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780851709642
Author:
Newton, Michael
Publisher:
British Film Institute
Location:
London
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Kind hearts and coronets
Subject:
Film - Reference
Subject:
Film & Video - Reference
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
Film - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
General Performing Arts
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Video, History
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Video - Reference
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
BFI Film Classics
Series Volume:
108-120
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
7.2 x 5.7 x 0.27 in

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In Kind Hearts and Coronets"(1949), Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) schemes and murders his way to a dukedom. This title looks into the turbulent personalities that formed the complex style of this film to unravel the fusion of cynicism, contempt, sparkling wit and philosophical curiosity.
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