A welcome re-issue of Britcinema’s finest-ever black comedy, as cool, elegant and witty as ever.
Alec Guinness scores an eightfold tour de force as every member – young, old, male, female – of the aristo D’Ascoyne clan.
But he’s matched by Dennis Price as the Byronic anti-hero, calmly murdering his way through the D’Ascoynes to gain the dukedom, with Joan Greenwood toe-curlingly delicious as his feline mistress.
Robert Hamer’s poised direction chimes perfectly with his Edwardian setting, and the Wildean wit of Price’s voice-over is an unfailing delight.
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