Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

Downloadable Video - 1952
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In this film adaption of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners, two eligible bachelors use the name Ernest while courting two young ladies with a preference for the name, with confusing results.

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wodebaobei38
Jun 14, 2017

After reading the biography of Edith Evans, i now understand what the fuss was all about, having finished the film. What
a performance! I do believe she stole the show.

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sofa2001
Oct 14, 2016

Very funny!

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Onewhoissaved
Sep 22, 2016

Oscar Wilde wrote the story in 1895 but this film is from 1952. Nonetheless I enjoyed the film very much. All the characterizations are wonderful. Of course, I can't possibly relate to any of them in my own life unless remembering some old biddy who thinks she has the power of God over people. Never be the poorest person in the room if you can help it. Wonderful color print. Excellent dialog coach. Oscar Wilde himself was perhaps even more of a character than those he penned on the page. His "Picture of Dorian Grey" starring George Sanders and Hurd Hatfield is mesmerizing even though it is from 1945.

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Isley
Jul 02, 2014

Despite (somewhat founded) accusations of stodgy direction from Asquith, this is actually quite good and has a rather unique style to it (though the impressive feat of the actors pulling off that dialog helped in no small measure). The most annoying part to me was that for all of Oscar Wilde’s vaunted wit, it really seemed like he was just filling in variations on the following Mad Lib: “To (love/hate) _____ is (never/always) exceedingly not un _____ for those who (hate/love) (always/never) being _____.”

btmslt Apr 13, 2013

A nice comedy!

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8217549
May 10, 2011

very funny light movie. thumbs up

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