The Importance of Being Earnest Film Still

The Importance of Being Earnest

Anthony Asquith

 
The Importance of Being Earnest (Criterion DVD)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1952
  • 95 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #158

Oscar Wilde’s comic jewel sparkles in Anthony Asquith’s film adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest. Featuring brilliantly polished performances by Michael Redgrave, Joan Greenwood, and Dame Edith Evans, the enduringly hilarious story of two young women who think themselves engaged to the same nonexistent man is given the grand Technicolor treatment. Seldom has a classic stage comedy been so engagingly transferred to the screen.

Cast

Jack WorthingMichael Redgrave
SetonRichard Wattis
Algernon MoncrieffMichael Denison
LaneWalter Hudd
Lady Augusta BracknellEdith Evans
Gwendolen FairfaxJoan Greenwood
Cecily CardewDorothy Tutin
Miss Letitia PrismMargaret Rutherford

Credits

DirectorAnthony Asquith
ScreenplayAnthony Asquith
From the play byOscar Wilde
ProducerTeddy Baird
CinematographyDesmond Dickinson
EditingJohn D. Guthridge

Disc Features

  • New digital transfer
  • Rare production stills
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

    Cover design by Michael Boland, based on a theatrical poster

Film Essays

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Charles DennisJune 24, 2002

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Clippings

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Film Essays

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Charles DennisJune 24, 2002

It’s been a little over a century since Oscar Wilde celebrated the opening season The . . . Read more »