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Kind Hearts and Coronets Movie Review Summary

Actors: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness

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Louis Mazzini (played by Dennis Price) is the son of an Italian singer and a British woman of the aristocratic d'Ascoyne family. The d'Ascoyne family disowned his mother after she eloped with the Italian, so instead of enjoying the riches and privileges that should rightly be his, Louis lives a life of low income and limited opportunity. Had his mother remained in favor with the family, he would have been in line to inherit the crowning position of the d'Ascoyne family - an illustrious dukedom.

Two events turn his resentment towards the d'Ascoyne family into an urge to murder. First, a childhood friend refuses his offer of marriage because she thinks he's too poor; secondly, when his mother dies, the d'Ascoynes refuse to bury her in the family vault. Louis then sets out to murder all the d'Ascoynes standing between himself and the dukedom.

This is a comedy because all of the d'Ascoynes that Louis intends to murder - including Lady Agatha d'Ascoyne are played by Alec Guinness! And none of these d'Ascoynes, from the stupid clergyman to the blowhard general to the tactless duke, intend to give Louis an easy time in disposing of them.
The review of this Movie prepared by Esther








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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Comedy or Parody about    -   criminals How much humor v. drama    -   Mostly humor, but some serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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