When I was young and I mean early teens, I saw a film called Kind Hearts And Coronets. I knew that this film made many decades earlier was something very special. It is an Ealing comedy unlike their other offerings.
So how could this movie, released in in 1949 and obviously in black and white, have entertained me to the extent that I can still class it as one of my all time favourites? The answer:... this is near perfect cinema.
The art of making a black comedy is a tough area of film and one that has produced more duds than successes. There are no laughs as such, yet you know that this is a comedy from the start, despite it being dark, moody and serious. To be able to turn the topic of jealousy and death into comedy is an amazing feat and it is not until you realise that Alex Guinness is playing multiple parts that you fully understand that this is not your typical film.
I wont give anything away, but I urge you to watch and enjoy this masterpiece.
The digitally restored film will soon be available and I hope that I get to see it at a cinema.