The Browning Version [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1951]

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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition Digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
  • Exclusive interview with Mike Figgis, director of the 1994 remake
  • Archival interview with star Michael Redgrave from 1958
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Plus: A new essay by critic Geoffrey Macnab


The Browning Version
Michael Redgrave gives his greatest performance as Andrew Crocker-Harris, a boarding-school teacher who realizes that his life may be a failure, in this powerful adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play with a screenplay by Rattigan himself. Poor health forces Crocker-Harris to give up his teaching position after years of thankless service and scorn from his students and colleagues. His marriage to Millie (Jean Kent) is also in free fall, as his wife is openly having an affair with the school's chemistry teacher, Hunter (Nigel Patrick). The sensitivity of one student (Brian Smith) breaks through Crocker-Harris's reserved British exterior, but it takes the final departure of his wife, right before the school's graduation exercises, to wake him up once and for all. He discards his prepared speech and speaks openly to the assembled students, delivering a moving apology for having failed them as their teacher. The film's rich montage of incident and character detail builds to intense emotional heights that make this version of The Browning Version a classic. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Michael Redgrave
    Michael Redgrave - Andrew Crocker-Harris
  • Jean Kent
    Jean Kent - Millie Crocker-Harris
  • Nigel Patrick
    Nigel Patrick - Frank Hunter
  • Wilfrid Hyde-White
    Wilfrid Hyde-White - Frobisher
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    Brian Smith - Taplow

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