The Browning Version

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The Browning Version 1951

The Browning Version is one of the rarest moments in cinema when failure is analysed on all levels of life: professional, personal and social. Andrew Crocker-Harris (Michael Redgrave), “The Crock”, is faced with a sudden decision that will make him wonder what ever happened to his life. Anthony Asquith’ subtle, yet categorical, character study offers such a view upon life’s wrongs that will get you thinking. What could we have done better that would have changed the way we are seen by our fellow men, and, most importantly, what could one do to be content with oneself thus receiving personal fulfillment?

A courageous venture directed by one of Britain’s most accomplished directors, The Browning Version presents school children as means of saving one’s soul. One of the most delightful scenes in the film is the one where the student Taplow (Brian Smith) is presenting his departing teacher, Crocker-Harris, a rare second hand book he had bought with his own pocket money. Cinematography, screenplay, leading and supporting cast are the elements that blend together this unforgettable movie that seems to have opened the door on the pupils-teachers relationships subject.

photo: still from the film | credit: Javelin Films

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