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The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

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Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are two men that are both pretending to be someone they are not.

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Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are two men that are both pretending to be someone they are not. Written by Simone Denvile

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They don't come any wilder than Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners, morals and morality!

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15 October 1952 (Denmark)  »

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Ernst sein ist alles  »

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The director, Anthony Asquith, was the son of H.H. Asquith who, as Home Secretary, brought the charges of immorality which led to Wilde's imprisonment. See more »

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Gwendolyn Fairfax: There comes a time when speaking one's mind ceases to be a moral duty, it becomes a pleasure.
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Version of The Importance of Being Earnest (1932) See more »

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a truly Wilde production
16 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Oscar Wilde's most famous play is given an extremely stage-bound reading in this colour adaptation by Anthony Asquith. It evens starts and ends with the raising and lowering of a theatre curtain!

That aside this is probably the essential Wilde movie – not only do we get the main four role perfectly cast (Michael Redgrave as Jack, Michael Denison as Algy, Dorothy Tutin as Cecily, Joan Greenwood as Gwendolen), we also have two of the most delightfully eccentric portrayals in the history of cinema with Margaret Rutherford as Miss Prism, and, of course, Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell. Who could resist the way Dame Edith says ‘a handbag!'

A hugely enjoyable movie which makes sure none of the wit is lost in unnecessary padding or setting – something the makers of the recent remake could learn from.


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