Kind Hearts And Coronets

Kind Hearts And Coronets

One of the blackest of British comedies, Robert Hamer's masterpiece is also, with its brilliant juxtaposition of Edwardian bourgeois etiquette and savage ambition, the most glitteringly sophisticated. 4.9 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
Kind Hearts And Coronets

Omniscore:

Certificate
Genre Comedy
Director Robert Hamer
Cast Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson, Audrey Fildes, Miles Malleson, Clive Morton Dennis Price
Studio BFI
Release Date August 2011
Running Time 106 mins
 

One of the blackest of British comedies, Robert Hamer's masterpiece is also, with its brilliant juxtaposition of Edwardian bourgeois etiquette and savage ambition, the most glitteringly sophisticated.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Bob McCabe

It is [Hamer's] sure touch (as director and co-writer) that makes this essentially morbid material as comically macabre, yet also acceptable and entertaining.

24/08/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

This was Robert Hamer's masterpiece, and though his troubled life and career were sadly brief, it surely entitles him to be mentioned in the same breath as, say, Max Ophüls, and to be considered one of the great British directors.

18/08/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Its Edwardian setting is all elegance, but nonchalance is the key to its genius.

19/08/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

It's great to have Kind Hearts and Coronets back on the big screen.

21/08/2011

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Time Out

Ben Walters

It's Price who hold the piece together, endowing Louis with a feline mix of charm, taste and ruthlessness that anticipates Tom Ripley and Hannibal Lecter.

18/08/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

Alec Guinness’s performances as eight members of a crusty aristocratic family are what everybody remembers about it, but let’s not forget Dennis Price’s excellence in the role of the social-climbing killer, or the wit of the screenplay.

21/08/2011

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Total Film

Philip Kemp

As cool, elegant and witty as ever.

08/08/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

Narrated with dry, sly observation, the script is occasionally embarrassingly dated, but the tone is that of Oscar Wilde.

19/08/2011

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