Kind Hearts and Coronets
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2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the original UK release of 'Kind Hearts & Coronets', the jewel in Ealing Studios' crown, and arguably one of the finest British films ever made. To celebrate this anniversary StudioCanal are releasing a stunning restoration. Hailing from the Golden-Age of Ealing comedies ('Passport to Pimlico' and 'Whisky Galore!' also turn 70 this year) 'Kind Hearts & Coronets' stars Dennis Price as the debonair yet impoverished Louis Mazzini, the would-be Duke of Chalfont whose mother was disinherited by her noble family, the D'Ascoynes, for marrying beneath her. When her dying wish to be buried in the family crypt is refused, Louis vows to avenge his mother and work his way up the family tree, by engaging in the gentle art of murder. One by one he attempts to kill off the eight successors that stand in the way of his becoming Duke -all played by Alec Guinness in an unforgettable tour-de-force performance. Directed by Robert Hamer (who co-wrote the screenplay with John Dighton) 'Kind Hearts & Coronets' also stars Joan Greenwood as the husky-voiced siren Sibella and Valerie Hobson as the refined and virtuous Edith D'Ascoyne, both of whom threaten to distract Louis from his murderous quest. A wonderfully entertaining combination of biting class satire, hilarious farce and pitch-black comedy, this story of a suave and elegant serial murderer is as sharp and funny today as ever.
Starring Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson
Director Robert Hamer