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Director  Anthony Asquith
Music director  Arnold Bax
Duration  
Language  English
8.2/10 IMDb

4.7/5 Amazon

Genre  Drama
Screenplay  Terence Rattigan
Country  United Kingdom
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Release date  1951
Writer  Terence Rattigan (by), Terence Rattigan (screenplay)
Cast  Michael Redgrave (Andrew Crocker-Harris), Jean Kent (Millie Crocker-Harris), Nigel Patrick (Frank Hunter), Wilfrid Hyde-White (Frobisher (as Wilfrid Hyde White)), Bill Travers (Fletcher), Ronald Howard (Gilbert)
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The Browning Version is a 1951 British film based on the 1948 play of the same name by Terence Rattigan. It was directed by Anthony Asquith and starred Michael Redgrave.

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Plot

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Andrew Crocker-Harris is an aging Classics master at an English public school, and is forced into retirement by his increasing ill health. The film, in common with the original stage play, follows the schoolmaster's final few days in his post, as he comes to terms with his sense of failure as a teacher, a sense of weakness exacerbated by his wife's infidelity and the realization that he is despised by both pupils and staff of the school.

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The emotional turning-point for the cold Crocker-Harris is his pupil Taplow's unexpected parting gift, Robert Browning's translation of the Agamemnon, which he has inscribed with the Greek phrase that translates as "God from afar looks graciously upon a gentle master."

Differences between play and film

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Rattigan extends the screenplay far from his own one-act play, which ends on Crocker-Harris's tearful reaction to Taplow's gift. Therefore, the play ends well before Crocker-Harris's farewell speech to the school; the film shows the speech, in which he discards his notes and admits his failings, to be received with warm applause and cheers by the boys. The film ends with a conversation between Crocker-Harris and Taplow, and the suggestion that Crocker-Harris will complete his translation of the Agamemnon.

Cast

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  • Michael Redgrave as the embittered Andrew Crocker-Harris
  • Jean Kent as his wife Millie
  • Nigel Patrick as her lover Frank Hunter, Andrew's fellow schoolmaster who eventually rejects Millie for her cruelty towards her husband
  • Ronald Howard as Gilbert, Crocker-Harris's successor
  • Wilfrid Hyde-White as the Headmaster
  • Brian Smith as Taplow
  • Bill Travers as Fletcher
  • Judith Furse as Mrs. Williamson
  • Peter Jones as Carstairs
  • Sarah Lawson as Betty Carstairs
  • Scott Harold as Rev. Williamson
  • Paul Medland as Wilson
  • Ivan Samson as Lord Baxter
  • Josephine Middleton as Mrs. Frobisher
  • Production

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    Rattigan and Asquith encountered a lack of enthusiasm from producers to turn the play into a film until they met Earl St John at Rank.

    "I started out as manager of a small out-of-town cinema, and I viewed films from the out-of-London angle," said St John. "This experience made me realise that the ordinary people in the remotest places in the country were entitled to see the works of the best modern British playwrights."

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    Eric Portman originated the role on stage but turned down the film role. Margaret Lockwood was originally meant to play the role of Millie but turned down the part. Jean Kent played it instead.

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    The film was shot at Pinewood Studios. The school exteriors were filmed on location at the Sherborne School in Sherborne, Dorset.

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    The Greek text that appears on the blackboard in Crocker-Harris's classroom is from the Agamemnon. Apparently a description of Menelaus's despair after his abandonment by Helen, the lines were translated by Robert Browning thus:

    "And, through desire of one across the main,
    A ghost will seem within the house to reign.
    And hateful to the husband is the grace
    Of well-shaped statues: from—in place of eyes
    Those blanks—all Aphrodite dies."

    Awards

    Won
  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Best Actor (Michael Redgrave)
  • Best Screenplay
  • Berlin International Film Festival
  • Bronze Berlin Bear (Drama)
  • Small Bronze Plate
  • Nominated
  • Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
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    References

    The Browning Version (1951 film) Wikipedia
    The Browning Version (1951 film) IMDbThe Browning Version (1951 film) Rotten TomatoesThe Browning Version (1951 film) Amazon.comThe Browning Version (1951 film) themoviedb.org


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