A great film - pity no subtitles. A masterpiece of British cinema.,
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This review is from: The Browning Version  [DVD] (DVD)
This older film version is far superior to the more recent colour version with Albert Finney. The black and white original is an honest film adaptation of the stage play. Repeated viewings enhance my understanding of Rattigan's conceit in comparing the situation of the schoolmaster, betrayed by his wife, with the Greek tragedy which the schoolmaster is trying to teach to his pupils. The schoolmaster's wife emulates in modern terms the vicious behaviour portrayed in the
Greek classic drama.
This film version, though black and white, is far more moving than the vulgarized screen play foisted onto Albert Finney, where mixing modern schoolboy attitudes with a muddled updated portrayal of public school teaching simply rings false. An interesting clanger in the colour version is idiotic subtitling referring to Classical Greek spoken by the characters as Latin.