Anthony Asquith

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

DVD Box Set

50 Discs

$650.00

Special 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

The Importance of Being Earnest
Cast
Michael Redgrave
Jack Worthing
Richard Wattis
Seton
Michael Denison
Algernon Moncrieff
Walter Hudd
Lane
Edith Evans
Lady Augusta Bracknell
Joan Greenwood
Gwendolen Fairfax
Dorothy Tutin
Cecily Cardew
Margaret Rutherford
Miss Letitia Prism
Credits
Director
Anthony Asquith
Screenplay
Anthony Asquith
From the play by
Oscar Wilde
Producer
Teddy Baird
Cinematography
Desmond Dickinson
Editing
John D. Guthridge

From The Current

Anthony Asquith

Flashbacks

Anthony Asquith

Critic Peter Cowie pays tribute to a quintessentially English master, whose prolific career stretches back to the silent era.

By Peter Cowie

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The Importance of Being Earnest

It’s been a little over a century since Oscar Wilde celebrated the opening season The Importance of Being Earnest in court, on trial for homosexual behavior. The scandal of Wilde’s “indecent acts” forced the smash play to close early in its r…

By Charles Dennis