The Browning Version

The Browning Version

Anthony Asquith (1951)

86min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Infinitely superior to Mike Figgis's 1994 remake, this expert collaboration between writer Terence Rattigan and director Anthony Asquith is another in a list that includes The Yellow Rolls-Royce and The VIPs. But what makes this version of Rattigan's hit play so memorable is the mesmerising performance of Michael Redgrave as the classics teacher whose life is as redundant as his subject. The supporting cast is also first-rate, with Jean Kent chillingly heartless as Redgrave's adulterous wife and Nigel Patrick suitably cocky as the man who cuckolds him. The shabby gentility of the school is neatly captured and the merciless revelation of each new woe is, thanks to Redgrave's dignified self-pity, agonising to watch. Only the concluding optimism fails to ring true.

Summary

A lonely schoolmaster awaiting retirement is faced with the sudden realisation that his life has been a failure, as school rules have replaced a love of learning while his wife has an affair with one of his colleagues. However, an act of kindness from one of his pupils gives him new hope. Drama based on Terence Rattigan's play, starring Michael Redgrave, Jean Kent, Wilfrid Hyde White, Nigel Patrick and Brian Smith.

Cast & Crew

Andrew Crocker-Harris Michael Redgrave
Millie Crocker-Harris Jean Kent
Frank Hunter Nigel Patrick
Frobisher Wilfrid Hyde White
Taplow Brian Smith (1)
Fletcher Bill Travers
Gilbert Ronald Howard
Wilson Paul Medland
Lord Baxter Ivan Samson
Mrs Frobisher Josephine Middleton
Director Anthony Asquith
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama