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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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Konflikt des Herzens  »

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Anthony Asquith had wanted to make "The Browning Version" immediately after seeing it in the theatre in 1949. He struggled to find backers, as the general consensus was that the material was considered too downbeat. See more »

Quotes

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 (1955) See more »

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Trumpet Voluntary
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Music by Jeremiah Clarke
Arranged by Jerome King
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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