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Kind Hearts and Coronets

Robert Hamer

 
Kind Hearts and Coronets (Criterion DVD)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1949
  • 106 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #325

Director Robert Hamer’s fiendishly funny Kind Hearts and Coronets stands as one of Ealing Studios’ greatest triumphs, and one of the most wickedly black comedies ever made. Dennis Price is sublime as an embittered young commoner determined to avenge his mother’s unjust disinheritance by ascending to her family’s dukedom. Unfortunately, eight relatives, all played by the incomparable Alec Guinness, must be eliminated before he can do so.

Credits

DirectorRobert Hamer
Based on a novel byRoy Horniman
ScreenplayRobert Hamer and John Dighton
ProducerMichael Balcon
CinematographyDouglas Slocombe
EditingPeter Tanner
Associate producerMichael Relph

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • A feature-length BBC documentary on the history of Ealing Studios
  • Rare, 70-minute talk show appearance by Alec Guinness, from 1977
  • Gallery of archival production and publicity photographs
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • American ending
  • A new essay by film critic Philip Kemp
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

Kind Hearts and Coronets: Ealing’s Shadow Side

By Philip Kemp February 21, 2006

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) is an Ealing comedy in name only. True, it’s undeniably a comedy and was made by (though largely not at) Ealing. But in virtually every other respect, it deviates . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Kind Hearts and Coronets: Ealing’s Shadow Side

By Philip Kemp February 21, 2006

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) is an Ealing comedy in name only. True, it’s undeniably a comedy and was made by (though largely not at) Ealing. But in virtually every other respect, it deviates . . . Read more »

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