70 Years of Kind Hearts and Coronets
Happy Birthday to “Kind Hearts & Coronets” which turns 70 today!
Regarded by many as the finest Ealing comedy, “Kind Hearts & Coronets” sees Dennis Price’s disowned character Louis Mazzini plot to kill off the entire D’Ascoyne family, all played by Alec Guinness, so he can inherit the dukedom.
Produced under the stewardship of Michael Balcon at Ealing Studios, “Kind Hearts & Coronets” was one of the most popular films of 1949 and, along with “Passport to Pimlico” and “Whisky Galore!”, all released in the same year within the space of two months, firmly established the Ealing Comedies.
Nominated for a BAFTA, along with the Ealing Comedies “Passport to Pimlico” and “Whisky Galore!”, it missed out to Carol Reed’s film noir “The Third Man“, which is also celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019.
Widely considered to be one of the best (if not THE best) of the Ealing comedies, “Kind Hearts & Coronets” has undergone an extensive 4K restoration by the BFI and will be released by Studiocanal on Blu-ray tomorrow, the 24th of June (although there have been sightings on social media of early pre-order deliveries from Amazon already).
As well as the Blu-ray release, the film continues to be screened across the country so check your local cinema listings to see if its in your area to get the full cinematic experience.
The Blu-ray features many extras including an essay by writer & broadcaster Matthew Sweet (who presents Radio 3’s marvellous “Sound of Cinema“), on the differences he uncovered in the archives between the original draft screenplay and the final film.
It would be of interest to know the opinion of the cinema bookers who were invited to the trade-only screening, which took place on the 14th of June 1949 according to the film’s files in the archives, but as two previous Ealing Comedies had already proved so successful at the box office, they probably weren’t troubled with many ethical doubts.
Art & Hue had the pleasure to delve into the archives for the Ealing Comedy “Kind Hearts & Coronets” to create stylish pop art prints of Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson, & Dennis Price, available in three sizes and 18 colours, as part of the Ealing comedies collection.
So charge your glasses with port and raise a toast to “Kind Hearts & Coronets” and the 70th anniversary!
Happy 70th to “Kind Hearts & Coronets” & the Ealing Comedies!
Ealing Repertory£15.00 – £39.00 Select options
Alec Guinness£15.00 – £39.00 Select options
Joan Greenwood£15.00 – £39.00 Select options
Valerie Hobson£15.00 – £39.00 Select options
Dennis Price£15.00 – £39.00 Select options
Ealing Comedies Group£160.00 – £448.00 Select options
Kind Hearts and Coronets Group£55.00 – £151.00 Select options