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The Browning Version (Criterion Collection) (1951)

Cast: Michael Redgrave, Michael Redgrave, Jean Kent, more...
Director: Anthony Asquith, Anthony Asquith
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, British Drama, UK, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 89 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Michael Redgrave gives his greatest performance as Andrew Crocker-Harris, a boarding-school teacher who realizes that his life may be a failure, in this powerful adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play with a screenplay by Rattigan himself. Poor health forces Crocker-Harris to give up his teaching position after years of thankless service and scorn from his students and colleagues. His marriage to Millie (Jean Kent) is also in free fall, as his wife is openly having an affair with the school's chemistry teacher, Hunter (Nigel Patrick). The sensitivity of one student (Brian Smith) breaks through Crocker-Harris's reserved British exterior, but it takes the final departure of his wife, right before the school's graduation exercises, to wake him up once and for all. He discards his prepared speech and speaks openly to the assembled students, delivering a moving apology for having failed them as their teacher. The film's rich montage of incident and character detail builds to intense emotional heights that make this version of The Browning Version a classic. ~ Don Kaye, All Movie Guide

Features:

  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
  • New video interview with Mike Figgis, director of the 1994 remake
  • Archival interview with Michael Redgrave from 1958



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