Kind Hearts and Coronets 26.07.13

“At once a witty comedy of manners, a grotesque serial-killer caper and an acerbic satire on the class system.” – Time Out

Kind Hearts and Coronets is a 1949 British black comedy film starring Dennis Price, Alec Guinness (as eight members of the D’Ascoyne family), Joan Greenwood and Valerie Hobson. The plot is loosely based on the 1907 novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman, with the screenplay written by Robert Hamer and John Dighton and the film directed by Hamer. The film’s title derives from Tennyson’s 1842 poem Lady Clara Vere de Vere: “Kind hearts are more than coronets, And simple faith than Norman blood.”

Kind Hearts and Coronets is listed in Time magazine’s top 100and the BFI Top 100 British films

In 2011, the film was digitally restored and re-released in selected British cinemas.

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