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The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Michael Redgrave
Director: Anthony Asquith Cast: Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
, Edith Evans
Edith Evans
, Michael Denison
Michael Denison
Anthony Asquith


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Comedy comes in full swing with the 1952 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Criterion's work on the film's original 1.33:1 full-frame version is nothing less than great. Sporting vibrant colors and dark black levels, this is a superior looking image that includes only a few slight imperfections (edge enhancement and grain). Overall fans should be very pleased with the effort put forth on this picture. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 in English and often sounds confined and flat. However, considering the film's age, the soundtrack is top-notch shape without nary a hint of distortion or hiss in the mix. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. Unfortunately, the buck stops here when it comes to substantial extra features on this DVD. The only supplements included on The Importance of Being Earnest are some production notes and a theatrical trailer for the movie.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2010
UPC: 0037429165621
Original Release: 1952
Source: Criterion Collection
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 20,180

Special Features

Digital transfer; Rare production stills with notes by film historian Bruce eder; Original theatrical trailer; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Redgrave Jack Worthing
Edith Evans Lady Bracknell
Michael Denison Algemon Moncrieff
Dorothy Tutin Cecily Cardew
Miles Malleson Canon Chasuble
Margaret Rutherford Miss Prism
Joan Greenwood Gwendolen Fairfax
Ivor Barnard Actor
Walter Hudd Lane
Aubrey Mather Merriman
Richard Wattis Seton

Technical Credits
Anthony Asquith Director,Screenwriter
Oscar Wilde Author
Carmen Dillon Art Director
Desmond Dickinson Cinematographer
Beatrice Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
John Guthridge Editor
Teddy Baird Producer
Benjamin Frankel Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [1:36]
2. The Question of Cecily [5:28]
3. The Fine Art of Bunburying [2:57]
4. Cucumber Sandwiches [5:36]
5. An Earnest Proposal [4:44]
6. An Ordinary Handbag [7:49]
7. A Genuine Monster [2:48]
8. Cecily's Wonderful Secrets [3:34]
9. The Latin for Joy [2:47]
10. Flowers for Algernon [5:04]
11. Jack's Younger Brother [3:47]
12. A Great Success [2:01]
13. Cecily's Childish Dream [7:29]
14. A Perfectly Canonical Practice [2:22]
15. Dearest Gwendolyn, Dearest Cecily [8:53]
16. "Just One Question" [3:44]
17. An Insuperable Barrier [4:35]
18. A Life Crowded With Incident [3:28]
19. Jack Objects [6:26]
20. "Prism, Where Is That Baby?" [5:57]
21. The Vital Importance of Being Earnest [4:24]
22. Color Bars [:00]

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