Celebrating its 70th birthday in a pristine digital restoration, director Robert Hamer's Kind Hearts and Coronets upholds its position as one of the funniest, most perfectly pitched black comedies ever made.
Dennis Price is the living embodiment of wronged entitlement as Louis Mazzini, a young draper's assistant determined to avenge his mother's disinheritance by ascending to dukedom. Eight other scions of the D'Ascoyne family are all that stand in his way. The incomparable Alec Guinness plays each dotty one of them, young and old, male and female.
Joan Greenwood savours every syllable as the taunting Sibella, who may or may not have a role in Louis' murderous project, while Valerie Hobson is surprisingly touching as the one pure heart abiding in Hamer's smouldering bonfire of vanities. - BG
Director: Robert Hamer
106 minutes/B&W/PG cert