The Importance of Being Earnest1952
The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)
Critic Consensus: An artfully assembled cast, lovely set design, and direction solidly in service of the source material make The Importance of Being Earnest an adaptation that works.
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Critic Reviews for The Importance of Being Earnest
Despite a few tweaks to Oscar Wilde's frighteningly witty play, director and writer Anthony Asquith serves up a truly delightful screen version of "The Importance of Being Earnest."
The perfect cast - Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison, Margaret Rutherford - and the perfect director (Anthony Asquith) know just how seriously (not very) to take this amoral satire on society's falsity.
All the charm and glossy humor of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy emerges faithfully in this British production.
Mr. Asquith and his top-flight English cast, aided greatly by an artistic use of Technicolor, not only treat this rickety affair with reverence, but endow the lines with charm in keeping with the period.
[T]he settings are the epitome of Victorian plushness, the colour is Technicolor at its fruitiest, and most of the playing is disarming, particularly Edith Evans and her handbag.
Audience Reviews for The Importance of Being Earnest
Old school drawing room wit and sensibilities like honey for your tea in this 1962 romcom about mistaken identities and amour, darling.
The premire film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's comic masterpeice is this 1952 version. The very model of wit and whimsy that came so naturally in the 50's and comes so rarely today. A confirmed bumburist myself, The Importance of Being Ernest was the first play I ever saw and since then I have become an avid fan of Oscar Wilde. There have been several versions but this is truly the best, with no unnecesary scenes or added dialogue, just the exact words of the brilliant play. Every Wilde fan will be perfectly satistfied. Best watched with an older aunty or uncle, some cucumber sandwiches and a cup of tea for some pure Wilde indulgent delight.
Oh THIS IS FUNNY!
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