I can’t begin to describe how funny this movie is. I haven’t recommended a classic movie in quite a while, but “Kind Hearts and Coronets” seemed like a good way to start again. Alec Guiness is brilliant playing not 1, not 2, but 8 characters (!) in this hugely entertaining black comedy about a poor, distant relative of the rich D’Ascoynes who must murder eight members of the family to obtain the title and fortune he believes are his right. Robert Hamer’s direction is nothing short of masterful as we witness one family member after the other being killed off in hilarious manners. The movie may seem a bit tasteless to some, but make no mistake: this is one of the best black comedies ever made. If you love Alec Guiness (and who doesn’t), add this one to your list of must sees. What a treat!
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