Ernst sein ist alles (1952) Online
Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are two men that are both pretending to be someone they are not.
|Complete credited cast:|
|Michael Redgrave||-||Ernest Worthing|
|Michael Denison||-||Algernon Moncrieff|
|Edith Evans||-||Lady Bracknell|
|Joan Greenwood||-||Gwendolen Fairfax (Her Daughter)|
|Dorothy Tutin||-||Cecily Cardew|
|Margaret Rutherford||-||Miss Prism|
|Miles Malleson||-||Canon Chasuble|
The director, Anthony Asquith, was the son of H.H. Asquith who, as Home Secretary, brought the charges of immorality which led to Wilde's imprisonment.
In keeping with the film's theatrical origins, Anthony Asquith shot it mostly in sequence and used long takes to let the actors develop the rhythms of Oscar Wilde's dialogue.
Edith Evans had problems adjusting to film acting, particularly when it came to hitting her marks on the floor. She finally told Anthony Asquith, "I always feel the camera should come to me instead of me go to the camera."
John Gielgud was offered the role of Jack Worthing in this film. Even though it was one of his signature roles on stage, he turned it down because he disliked filming.
Insecure in her first film, Dorothy Tutin kept requesting retakes until producer Teddy Baird told her how much each new take cost.
To maintain the play's theatricality, Anthony Asquith opened his film version by having a couple enter a theatre box. Their programs were used to display the film's opening credits, and the curtain rose on the rest of the film.
The Importance of Being Earnest opened at the Lyceum Theater (New York City) on April 22, 1895 and ran for 12 performances and has been revived in New York City eight times since as of 2008.
The film takes on February 14, 1895.
Margaret Rutherford (Miss Prism) previously played Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (1946).
The on-screen credits order is in order of appearance, not in order of importance.
Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
Anthony Asquith's first film in colour.
This film begins with a scene in Ernest Worthing's flat in the Albany. In the script of the stage play (from which all the dialogue is taken), Jack and Algy appear first in Algy's flat, not in the Albany, and Seton does not even appear.
This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #158.