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Cinematic Time Machine: Kind Hearts and Coronets 70th Anniversary

Sunday 28th July

11.45am

Screen 2

Director: Robert Hamer

Starring: Valerie Hobson, Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood and Alec Guinness

Rating: U

UK 1949, 105mins

The Ealing genre reached utter perfection with this superb black comedy of manners about the most elegant of serial killers.

When his mother eloped with an Italian opera singer, Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) was cut off from her aristocratic family. After the family refuses to let her be buried in the family mausoleum, Louis avenges his mother's death by attempting to murder every family member (all played by Alec Guinness) who stands between himself and the family fortune. But when he finds himself torn between his longtime love (Joan Greenwood) and the widow of one of his victims (Valerie Hobson), his plans go awry.