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The Browning Version (1951)

Passed | | Drama | 6 April 1951 (UK)
Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband.

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Andrew Crocker-Harris, a classics teacher at an English school, is afflicted with a heart ailment and an unfaithful wife. His interest in his pupils wanes as he looks towards his final days in employment. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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With the exception of the beginning credits and the ending of the film, Anthony Asquith did not use background music in this film in order to get the realistic effect. Between the beginning credits and the ending of the film, the only music heard in the film is at the church in the beginning of the film. See more »

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Frobisher: A good chap, Hunter, in many ways but no sense of discipline and of course like all scientists a trifle narrow minded.
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Version of ITV Television Playhouse: The Browning Version (1958) See more »

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Symphony No. 5
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Kenneth Essex
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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A Study in Cruelty
9 May 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Based on Terence Rattigan's play, this is a moving story of a public (private) schoolmaster's disappointments as his life slips away from him, and his increasing sense of isolation from everyone around him as even his wife makes clear her bitterness towards him. Michael Redgrave's performance is masterfully poignant. The film was made in an era when the values inherent in the film still had considerable currency, helping the film to achieve a degree of authenticity which it is doubtful could be achieved today. (I have not seen the more recent version, though, so it may be that I am wrong). If you are interested in the human condition, or simply want to see a masterful portrayal of human pain then you should watch this film.


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