History Film / KindHeartsAndCoronets

17th Jan '18 3:13:40 PM Spindriver
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* AssholeVictim: Many of the D'Ascoynes. Especially Young Ascoyne, who gets Louis fired from his job.

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* AssholeVictim: Many of the D'Ascoynes.d'Ascoynes. Especially Young Ascoyne, who gets Louis fired from his job.
17th Jan '18 3:12:28 PM Spindriver
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* AdaptationDistillation: Quite a few things are taken away (mostly relatives/victims) and a few things added; the twist ending being the biggest thing. But the book is over 400 pages long so some changes were bound to be made.
** Chalfont is Hammerton in the book and the d'Ascoynes are the Gascoynes.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Quite a few things are taken away (mostly relatives/victims) and a few things added; the twist ending being the biggest thing. But the book is over 400 pages long so some changes were bound to be made. \n** There are also changes that aren’t for the sake of brevity; Chalfont is Hammerton in the book and the d'Ascoynes are the Gascoynes.



* AristocratsAreEvil: Though some of the D'Ascoynes seem less bad than others and Lord Ascoyne D'Ascoyne the banker actually seems like a nice guy -- hence Louis's relief that he dies of natural causes and therefore doesn't have to be murdered. Young Henry is also an amiable doormat - Louis comments that "he seemed a very pleasant young fellow, and I regretted that our acquaintanceship must be so short." Doesn't stop Louis from killing him and stealing his wife, of course. Then we have Louis...
** Upon his accession to the Dukedom, Louis' speech to his people makes it seems as though he would be a BenevolentBoss.
*** Although, what with murdering at least 7 people (6 D'Ascoynes, young Ascoyne's mistress, and who knows how many other people with that bomb), it could be argued that he's become a straight example of this.

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* AristocratsAreEvil: Though some of the D'Ascoynes d'Ascoynes seem less bad than others and Lord Ascoyne D'Ascoyne d'Ascoyne the banker actually seems like a nice guy -- hence Louis's relief that he dies of natural causes and therefore doesn't have to be murdered. Young Henry is also an amiable doormat - Louis comments that "he seemed a very pleasant young fellow, and I regretted that our acquaintanceship must be so short." Doesn't Which doesn't stop Louis from killing him and stealing his wife, of course. Then we have Louis...
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Louis... Upon his accession to the Dukedom, Louis' his speech to his people makes it seems as though he would will be a BenevolentBoss.
*** Although,
BenevolentBoss — but what with murdering at least 7 seven people (6 D'Ascoynes, (six d'Ascoynes, young Ascoyne's mistress, and who knows how many other people with that bomb), it could be argued that he's become a straight example of this.example.



* CaptainErsatz: Admiral D'Ascoyne's death in a ship collision closely resembles Admiral Sir George Tryon and the sinking of the HMS ''Victoria'' in 1887.
* ChekhovsSkill: Louis practices archery with Edith D'Ascoyne. It comes in handy later.

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* CaptainErsatz: Admiral D'Ascoyne's d'Ascoyne's death in a ship collision closely resembles Admiral Sir George Tryon and the sinking of the HMS ''Victoria'' in 1887.
* ChekhovsSkill: Louis practices archery with Edith D'Ascoyne.d'Ascoyne. It comes in handy later.



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* CoolOldGuy: "The Banker" Lord Ascoyne D'Ascoyne who offers Louis a job even when he's completely ignored by the rest of the family. Louis laments at how he will regret having to kill the man who has shown him such kindness and is relieved when he dies from a stroke.

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* CoolOldGuy: "The Banker" Lord Ascoyne D'Ascoyne d'Ascoyne who offers Louis a job even when he's completely ignored by the rest of the family. Louis laments at how he will regret having to kill the man who has shown him such kindness and is relieved when he dies from a stroke.



* FateWorseThanDeath: Louis references the Victorian meaning (a woman who has been seduced) when he kills the younger D'Ascoyne and his mistress: "I was sorry about the girl, but found some relief in the reflection that she had presumably during the weekend already undergone a fate worse than death."

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* FateWorseThanDeath: Louis references the Victorian meaning (a woman who has been seduced) when he kills the younger D'Ascoyne d'Ascoyne and his mistress: "I was sorry about the girl, but found some relief in the reflection that she had presumably during the weekend already undergone a fate worse than death."



* GoingDownWithTheShip: Admiral Lord Horatio D'Ascoyne saves Louis the trouble of murdering him by being so obstinately wrong-headed that he sinks his own ship, and insists on going down with her even though rescue was at hand.

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* GoingDownWithTheShip: Admiral Lord Horatio D'Ascoyne d'Ascoyne saves Louis the trouble of murdering him by being so obstinately wrong-headed that he sinks his own ship, and insists on going down with her even though rescue was at hand.



* GorgeousPeriodDress: The actresses in this film, especially Valerie Hobson and Joan Greenwood, are often seen clad in the height of [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian Era]] fashion.

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* GorgeousPeriodDress: The actresses in this film, especially Valerie Hobson and Joan Greenwood, are often seen clad in the height of [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian Era]] Edwardian-Era]] fashion.



* KarmicTwistEnding: A DoubleSubversion. Louis gets sentenced to death for the one murder he didn't commit. Then he gets acquitted-- and ''then'' he realizes that he left his memoirs (which describe his ''real'' murders) in his cell.

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* KarmicTwistEnding: A DoubleSubversion. Louis gets sentenced to death for the one murder he didn't commit. Then he gets acquitted-- acquitted -- and ''then'' he realizes that he left his memoirs (which describe his ''real'' murders) in his cell.



* LiteraryAllusionTitle / TitleDrop: The title is a reference to a Tennyson poem, "Lady Clara Vere de Vere," which Edith quotes at one point during the film.

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle / TitleDrop: LiteraryAllusionTitle[=/=]TitleDrop: The title is a reference to a Tennyson poem, "Lady Clara Vere de Vere," which Edith quotes at one point during the film.



* OldFashionedRowboatDate: Ascoyne D'Ascoyne takes his mistress punting, although his intentions are anything but chaste. When he moors his boat to have his way with her, Louis unties it; causing Ascoyne and his mistress to be swept to their deaths over the weir.

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* OldFashionedRowboatDate: Ascoyne D'Ascoyne d'Ascoyne takes his mistress punting, although his intentions are anything but chaste. When he moors his boat to have his way with her, Louis unties it; causing Ascoyne and his mistress to be swept to their deaths over the weir.



* QuickNip: Variant version-- Henry d'Ascoyne hides his drinking from his teetotaler wife by keeping it among the chemicals in his photographic darkroom. Surprisingly, he is not offed by Louis putting ''actual'' developing fluid in his "developing fluid".
* RepetitiveName: Ascoyne D'Ascoyne.

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* QuickNip: Variant version-- version -- Henry d'Ascoyne hides his drinking from his teetotaler wife by keeping it among the chemicals in his photographic darkroom. Surprisingly, he is not offed by Louis putting ''actual'' developing fluid in his "developing fluid".
* RepetitiveName: Ascoyne D'Ascoyne.d'Ascoyne.
6th Sep '17 4:34:02 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* CaptainErsatz: Admiral D'Ascoyne's death in a ship collision closely resembles Admiral Sir George Tryon and the sinking of the HMS ''Victoria'' in 1887.
10th Jun '17 11:10:36 AM nombretomado
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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: "''Il mio tesoro intanto''" from [[Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]]'s ''Theatre/DonGiovanni'' serves both to introduce the film and as something of a {{Leitmotif}} for Louis' mother.

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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: "''Il mio tesoro intanto''" from [[Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]]'s ''Theatre/DonGiovanni'' serves both to introduce the film and as something of a {{Leitmotif}} for Louis' mother.
5th Apr '17 9:53:27 PM StClair
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* NotSoFinalConfession: Louis passes the night before his execution writing a full confession to set the record straight about who he killed and why. Minutes after finishing, the news arrives that evidence has turned up exonerating him, and he's not to be executed after all.

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* NotSoFinalConfession: Louis passes the night before his execution writing a full confession to set the record straight about who he killed and why. Minutes after finishing, the news arrives that evidence has turned up exonerating him, and he's not to be executed after all. But then...
5th Apr '17 9:49:33 PM StClair
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The movie has a very dry, ironic tone to it, but there are some moments of complete silliness. For instance, Louis kills one of the D'Ascoynes by shooting an arrow at her hot air balloon (and then reciting a humorous variation on the Longfellow poem "The Arrow and the Song").

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The movie has a very dry, ironic tone to it, but there are some moments of complete silliness. For instance, Louis kills one of the D'Ascoynes by shooting an arrow at her hot air balloon (and then reciting a humorous variation on the Longfellow poem "The Arrow and the Song").
Song" - see RhymesOnADime below).
23rd Oct '16 2:23:21 PM Psi001
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* KarmaHoudini: Deconstructed. Sibella frames Louis for the death of her husband, and uses evidence against it to blackmail him into marrying her and murdering Edith. Whether Louis would carry this out or [[MurderTheHypotenuse murder her instead]] as he contemplated is never revealed, especially after leaving evidence of the several murders he ''did'' commit within his prison cell.
7th Jun '16 3:31:25 PM eroock
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Based on the 1907 novel ''Israel Rank'' by Roy Horniman where the eponymous character is half-Jewish rather than half- Italian. The film changed Israel's name and heritage because the film had a Rank (J. Arthur) as its producer and a film about a half-Jewish serial-killer wouldn't have gone down very well so shortly after the fall of the Nazi Regime in Germany, though the book itself is not anti-Semitic.

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[[TheFilmOfTheBook Based on on]] the 1907 novel ''Israel Rank'' by Roy Horniman where the eponymous character is half-Jewish rather than half- Italian. The film changed Israel's name and heritage because the film had a Rank (J. Arthur) as its producer and a film about a half-Jewish serial-killer wouldn't have gone down very well so shortly after the fall of the Nazi Regime in Germany, though the book itself is not anti-Semitic.



* TheFilmOfTheBook: See the film's description above.
26th Mar '16 4:45:37 PM GothicProphet
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* AmbiguousEnding: So were Louis's "memoirs" discovered or not? In the [=US=] version they were, but the original leaves it ambiguous (though it ''implies'' they would be).
30th Dec '15 7:06:21 AM WillBGood
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* TheFilmOfTheBook: The script for Kind Hearts and Coronets was written by British screenwriters John Dighton and Robert Hamer, who very loosely based it on the novel Israel Rank (1907) by Roy Harniman.

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: The script for Kind Hearts and Coronets was written by British screenwriters John Dighton and Robert Hamer, who very loosely based it on See the novel Israel Rank (1907) by Roy Harniman. film's description above.
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