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Big screen classics

Kind Hearts and Coronets

The excellent Alec Guinness plays multiple roles in this black comedy about a ruthless social climber.

Image from Kind Hearts and Coronets

UK 1949
Dir Robert Hamer
With Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson
106min
Digital
Certificate U

Money and class divisions are inextricably and murderously intertwined in Hamer’s classic black comedy, with Price superb as the ignobly born Louis, bent on wiping out all those members of his aristocratic clan (Guinness throughout) standing between himself and the D’Ascoyne dukedom. The Edwardian era is impeccably recreated, creating a visual echo of the script’s ornate and witty literary sophistication.

The screening on Wednesday 4 April will be introduced by Claire Smith, Curator of Stills, Posters and Designs, BFI National Archive.


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