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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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Terence Rattigan's original one-act play ended with Crocker-Harris telling the headmaster that he wished to speak last at the closing ceremony. His apologetic speech to the students was written by Rattigan especially for the screen. See more »

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Andrew Crocker-Harris: I may have been a brilliant scholar, but I was woefully ignorant of the facts of life.
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Version of The Browning Version (1985) 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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The crowning version.
3 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I do not think the 1994 remake is so appalling.But it cannot hold a candle to this one,for sure,though.Part of the reason can be found,IMHO,in how the two directors deal with the main character.THe color version gambles on Albert Finney's performance and overlooks the rest of the cast which is not that much exciting in the first place (M.Modine is rather bland).Here ,the whole cast is outstanding ,from the young guy who plays the student to Jean Kent,a bitchy wife ,from Nigel Patrick's bewildered science teacher who becomes a human being during the movie to Wilfrid Hyde-White's (whatever a precedent user's view on the matter)mischievous,suave and finally cruel headmaster.

Of course Michael Redgrave steals the show ,but he gets good support all along the way.His performance is subdued,but emotionally intense ,and if you do not shed a tear during his final speech,you must have a heart of stone.The black and white cinematography and the stifling atmosphere give the tragedy the three unities (place,time and action) and an inventive directing makes us forget it's a play,like in the best Mankiewicz works.


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