Kind Hearts and Coronets

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Macmillan, Oct 8, 2003 - Performing Arts - 87 pages
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In 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (1949) Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) schemes and murders his way to a dukedom. Robert Hamer's pitch-black comedy of manners is legendary for having Alec Guinness play all of Louis's rivals and targets. Perhaps the greatest Ealing comedy, 'Kind hearts and coronets' is equally a brilliant satire of the English class system and a playful drama of doubles and confused identity. Hamer was a heavy drinker whose career would soon go off the rails; Price was gay and troubled. Michael Newton looks into the turbulent personalities that formed the complex style of 'Kind Hearts and Coronets', with its dandies and blackmailers, aristocrats and assassins.
 

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Michael Newton is the author of Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children (Faber, 2002). He teaches at University College London, Central St Martins School of Art, and Princeton University.

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