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a lovely film - uniquely intelligent,
This review is from: Kind Hearts And Coronets [DVD] (DVD)
This is one of the classic Ealing comedies which lingers long in the memory and leaves a very happy aftertaste. It is unique because of Alec Guinness's tour de force in personifying all the D'Ascoignes, but it has many other virtues too - the suave and solid work of Dennis Price and of Valerie Hobson, beautiful and remote with just a hint of earthy lustfulness, and Joan Greenwood, much more worldly and playful and every bit as characterful. The screenplay is full of intelligence - I have always enjoyed the superannuated parson's description of the west window of his church as having 'all of the exuberance of Chaucer without, happily, any of the concomitant crudities of his period' - and the plot is neat and clever, with the irony of Price's downfall resulting from the one death he was not responsible for and then, when all seems well after all, the strong hint that it may not be. I've seen the film a number of times and it always gives delight. It is one film which fully justifies the epithet 'well-liked', and that is just what it deserves to be.
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Initial post: 5 Apr 2011 13:21:28 BDT
UK Filmbuff says:
What an informative and lovely review! Absolutely first class!
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2011 22:06:46 BDT
Thank you - it is very kind of you to say so.
Posted on 12 Nov 2011 15:25:00 GMT
P. Fox says:
I think you'll find that the superannuated parson actually says "... and I always say that my west window has all the exuberance of Chaucer without, happily, any of the concomitant crudities of his period". It's my favourite line, too.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2011 22:50:01 GMT
Thank you. I am sure you are right - and, as it is such a good line, it is better to be accurate. I was reviewing from a rather distant memory. Anyway, 'exuberance' is a lot better than just 'vigour'!
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