- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 28, 2005
- Originally Released: 1951
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: This release is a new, restored digital transfer.
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Brude Eder - Film Historian/Director
- Mike Figgis - Director Of The 1994 Remake
- Archival Interview With Michael Redgrave
- Essay: Essay by Geoffrey MacNab - Film Critic
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Cannes 1951 -
Best Actor: Michael Redgrave
Entertainment Weekly - 06/24/2005
"Redgrave's stoical, nuanced performance anchors this poignant drama..."
USA Today - 07/01/2005
"Redgrave makes you understand this pedagogue, especially after he starts to melt a little in this first movie version of Terence Rattigan's play."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2007
"Its acute eye for emotional detail and for soulful British stoicism makes it easily the equal of the infinitely more celebrated BRIEF ENCOUNTER."
Andrew Crocker-Harris, "The Crock" as his students call him, knows he isn't loved like the fictional Mr. Chips, but in the span of just over a day he is forced as Robert Burns would say, "to see ourselves as others see us." Michael Redgrave, the father of the British theatrical family and himself a former schoolmaster, brings a quiet resolve to the role of a man coming to terms with the failure of his life. His much younger wife, Jean (Jean Kent), has come to the end of her frustration with his failure to rise in his profession and becomes bitter when illness forces his early retirement. When a small act of kindness by one of his students lets him see how he has never imparted to them his own love of the classics, he begins to reflect on the rest of his life. His marital problems, confessed in terms far less explicit than are common to today, is perhaps even more effective for its verbal restraint.
Anthony Asquith, who directed Redgrave in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, takes a successful contemporary play by Terance Rattigan and provides a seamless transition to the screen. Jean Kent strikes just the right note as a woman who, in the name of honesty, has become heartlessly cruel, adding to the pleasure of watching Michael Redgrave's wonderful performance build to its deeply emotional climax.
Michael Redgrave, as the cold, repressed school master, Andrew Crocker-Harris, gives a powerful, nuanced performance that builds in emotional intensity right up to his cathartic final speech. Director Anthony Asquith brings Terance Rattigan's play of the same name to the screen with minimum of cinematic distraction. Rattigan's script opens the play for the screen but Asquith's direction never lets the actors stray from the emotion core of the story of a middle aged man who discovers, when illness forces him to take early retirement, what his wife (Jean Kent) and students really feel about him.
Campus Life |
Character Study |
Stage Play |
Theatrical Release |
- Anthony Asquith was known by his nickname, "Puffin."
- Michael Redgrave is the father of Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave, and the grandfather of Natasha and Joely Richardson.