Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

100 GREATEST FILMS TO BUILD YOUR DVD LIBRARY; 22 Kind Hearts and Coronets

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

100 GREATEST FILMS TO BUILD YOUR DVD LIBRARY; 22 Kind Hearts and Coronets

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Byline: DEREK MALCOLM

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Warner Home Video

Dir: Robert Hamer UK, 106 mins, UK

OF ALL who made British films in the Forties and Fifties, Robert Hamer was possibly the most intelligent and talented. His career was short-lived and ultimately disastrous. He died an alcoholic in 1963 at the age of 52. His best epitaph was Kind Hearts and Coronets, one of the most extraordinary black comedies the cinema has known.

Hamer wanted to do three things: to make something different to the usual Ealing comedy; to use the English language in a more interesting way; and to pay as little regard as possible to the moral conventions of the time. That he should have succeeded, in spite of working for Ealing Studios' puritanical Michael Balcon, is a minor miracle.

The almost forgotten Dennis Price plays Mancini, condemned to death for a murder he didn't commit and writing his memoirs, about all those he actually killed. …

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