Sean had been telling me about this movie for a few months. I didn't know anything about it but when it showed up on the TCM schedule, I was excited to give it a chance. Bart and I took another week off from Billy Wilder to watch it. And it was quite worth it.
Basically the story goes like this - a distant ancestor to a family of aristocrats is pissed. His mother had been disowned years earlier for marrying beneath her lot. Her dying wish is to be buried in the family plot - a wish that is denied. So he decides to take revenge by killing all 8 of the heirs ahead of him so he can become duke.
The brilliance of the movie lies in who plays all 8 of the heirs - Mr. Alec Guiness. Young men, middle aged men, old men - even a woman. And he nails each role. The man is a genius. I need to see more of his movies. Other than Star Wars, this might be only the third Guiness film I've seen - The Lavender Hill Mob and The Bridge on the River Kwai being the others.
Each death is great. But my favorite definitely has to be the exploding jar of caviar. I could watch that scene over and over again.
Directed by Robert Hamer
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