The Importance of Being Earnest

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"They don't come any wilder than Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners, morals and morality!"
  • NR
  • 1952
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 7.5  (6,311)

The Importance of Being Earnest is a classic comedy film from the year 1952, directed by Anthony Asquith and based on the acclaimed play of the same name by Oscar Wilde. The film stars Michael Redgrave, Richard Wattis, and Michael Denison in the lead roles. The story is set in the late 19th century and revolves around two gentlemen, Algernon Moncrieff (Denison) and Jack Worthing (Redgrave), who have created alter egos for themselves to escape their boring lives. Algernon pretends to have an invalid friend named Bunbury, which allows him to escape to the countryside whenever he pleases. On the other hand, Jack created a younger brother named Ernest who lives in the city, allowing him to visit London and indulge in all sorts of pleasures.

Their lives take a turn when they both fall in love with two ladies who are fixated on the name 'Ernest.' Gwendolen Fairfax (Joan Greenwood), the cousin of Algernon, and Cecily Cardew (Dorothy Tutin), the ward of Jack, are both drawn in by the idea of marrying someone named 'Ernest,' which leads to a series of hilarious misunderstandings and mistaken identities.

Aside from the main storyline, the film also features an array of supporting characters who add to the overall comedic tone of the movie. Richard Wattis plays the butler, Lane, who is constantly trying to avoid work, and Edith Evans plays Lady Bracknell, the formidable aunt of Gwendolen who has a very low opinion of anyone who doesn't come from an upper-class background.

One of the most striking aspects of the film is the witty dialogue which is characteristic of Oscar Wilde's writing style. The characters' conversations are filled with clever quips, puns, and paradoxes that make for a very engaging and entertaining experience. The story also expertly satirizes the societal norms of the time, particularly the obsession with social class and the hypocrisy and superficiality of the upper class.

The film's visuals are also noteworthy, with the costumes and set design accurately capturing the aesthetics of the late Victorian era. The use of music and sound also adds to the film's overall charm, with a score that ranges from whimsical to dramatic and perfectly complements the on-screen action.

Overall, The Importance of Being Earnest is a delightful comedy film that captures the satirical wit and clever humor of Oscar Wilde's original play. With a talented cast, witty dialogue, and excellent direction, the film is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys classic comedy movies.

The Importance of Being Earnest is a 1952 romance movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5.

The Importance of Being Earnest
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    7.5  (6,311)