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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Kind Hearts and Coronets

1949, Robert Hamer, UK, 106 min.
With Dennis Price, Alec Guinness

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 27th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Mar 27th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 28th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Mar 29th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Mar 30th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 31st 8:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 1st 6:00pm
  • Thu, Apr 2nd 8:15pm
New 4K restoration!

“Nothing funnier ever came out of Ealing…a model of silky malice.”—Anthony Quinn, The Independent

"Often cited as the definitive black, eccentric British comedy, yet it's several cuts better than practically anything else in the genre."—Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

Set in Edwardian times but quite modern in its sensibility, this wicked black comedy is a masterpiece of tonal precision and subtlety. The massively resentful anti-hero Louis Mazzini (Price), whose high-born mother was spurned by her family, sets out to prune the family tree of the eight heirs who stand between him and the coveted title of 10th Duke of D‘Ascoyne. All eight of the designated victims are famously played by Guinness—each one distinctively different, each one a swift gem of character acting, and each one embodying a pillar of the establishment (cleric, banker, general, admiral, dowager, etc.) that Louis seeks not to overthrow but to murder his way into. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

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