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The Browning Version (1951)

Passed  -  Drama  -  April 1951 (UK)
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Forced to retire from an English public school. a disliked professor must confront his utter failures as a teacher, a husband, and a man.

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Andrew Crocker-Harris, a classic teacher in a British school, is a man hounded by a heart ailment, and by his wife's disloyalty, who is pursuing a science teacher. He has lost his feeling for the emotions of others and his understanding of the boys he is there to teach. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The title refers to a translation of Agamemnon. Of the many such translations, one of Crocker-Harris's pupils gives him the version written by poet Robert Browning. See more »

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Andrew Crocker-Harris: You must excuse me. I had prepared a speech, but I find now that I have nothing to say. Or rather, I have three very small words, but they are most deeply felt. They are these: I am sorry. I am sorry because I have failed to give you what you had the right to demand of me as your teacher: sympathy, encouragement, and humanity. I'm sorry because I have deserved the nickname of Himmler. And because, by so doing, I have degraded the noblest calling that a man can follow: the care and molding of ...
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Trumpet Voluntary
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Music by Jeremiah Clarke
Arranged by Jerome King
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One of the finest performances ever committed to film
11 December 2005 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

As the dry-as-dust, cuckolded public schoolmaster, dying of heart disease, yet heartless in the eyes of his pupils, Michael Redgrave gives one of the screen's finest and most moving performances in Anthony Asquith's superb screen version of Terence Rattigan's play. (Rattigan himself wrote the economical, precise and first-rate screenplay). The rest of the cast act in that arch, fastidious fashion prevalent in British films of the time, though that fine and under-valued actor Nigel Patrick breathes considerable life into the role of the adulterous but penitent science teacher.

As a director, Asquith never really displayed much in the way of a visual sensibility, relying instead on the quality of his scripts but he still managed to make some of the best British films of the period, this being one of them. Although well-played the Albert Finney remake doesn't come close.


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