Anthony Asquith

The Browning Version

The Browning Version

Michael Redgrave gives the performance of his career in Anthony Asquith’s adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s unforgettable play. Redgrave portrays Andrew Crocker-Harris, an embittered, middle-aged schoolmaster who begins to feel that his life has been a failure. Diminished by poor health, a crumbling marriage, and the derision of his pupils, the once brilliant scholar is compelled to reexamine his life when a young student offers an unexpected gesture of kindness. A heartbreaking story of remorse and atonement, The Browning Version is a classic of British realism and the winner of best actor and best screenplay honors at the 1951 Cannes Film Festival.

Film Info

  • Anthony Asquith
  • United Kingdom
  • 1951
  • 90 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #294

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
  • New video interview with Mike Figgis, director of the 1994 remake
  • Archival interview with Michael Redgrave from 1958
  • A new essay by film critic Geoffrey Macnab
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

New cover by Michael Boland

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
  • New video interview with Mike Figgis, director of the 1994 remake
  • Archival interview with Michael Redgrave from 1958
  • A new essay by film critic Geoffrey Macnab
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

New cover by Michael Boland

The Browning Version
Cast
Michael Redgrave
Andrew Crocker-Harris
Jean Kent
Millicent Crocker-Harris
Nigel Patrick
Frank Hunter
Brian Smith
Taplow
Ronald Howard
Gilbert
Wilfred Hyde White
Frobisher
Credits
Director
Anthony Asquith
Screenplay
Terence Rattigan
Cinematography
Desmond Dickinson
Art direction
Carmen Dillon
Editing
John D. Guthridge

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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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Asquith Back from Underground

Anthony Asquith is remembered primarily as the director of Pygmalion, The Browning Version, and The Importance of Being Earnest, all stage-to-screen adaptations comfortable flaunting their own theatricality. Yet as critic Jay Weissberg writes in the …


Nov 4, 2009
The Browning Version

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By Geoffrey Macnab


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