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The Importance Of Being Earnest (DVD) Anthony Asquith 1952, Oscar wilde
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Leading Role: Joan Greenwood, Edith Evans, Miles Malleson, Dorothy Tutin, Margaret Rutherford, Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison
Genre: Comedy Director: Anthony Asquith
Sub-Genre: General Release Year: 2001
Format: DVD Rating: U
EAN: 5037115012036

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Anthony Asquith, having directed a wonderful film of George Bernard Shaw's PYGMALION, turned in 1952 to another classic, one of the greatest theatrical comedies, Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Set at the height of the Victorian era, popularly imagined to be a cold and repressive time, the visual contrast with 1950s Technicolor only seems to enhance Wilde's sharp satire and droll epigrams.
Cast with talented veterans of the English stage, even the minor characters are a delight. Asquith allows the actors, particularly the female roles, to deliver Wilde's dialogue in a ringing theatrical voice. Edith Evans as the imperious Lady Bracknell, full of strident tone and rolling R's, and always in high dudgeon, strikes fear in the heart of Jack (Michael Redgrave), while Joan Greenwood as the beautiful, opinionated Gwendolyn (who could never marry a man named Jack), melts his heart in a voice that practically purrs.
Wilde's use of a convoluted, improbable story, much imitated in the screwball comedies of the 1930s, never detracts from the pure enjoyment of his characters silly yet heartfelt struggles. Asquith's staging and directing is smooth and fluid, thus retaining a theatrical feel. This gives today's viewer a sense of what Victorian audiences must have felt when they first beheld the breathless pace and matchless wit of the incomparable Oscar Wilde.

Leading Role 1Margaret Rutherford
Director 1Anthony Asquith
Leading Role 2Edith Evans
Leading Role 3Dorothy Tutin
Additional Roles byMichael Redgrave, Joan Greenwood, Miles Malleson, Michael Denison
AuthorOscar Wilde

Release FormatDVD
Release Year2001
Additional GenreGeneral
Running Time114 minutes

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