Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version is a one-act play about an unpopular schoolmaster who, faced with the collapse of his career and marriage, snatches. The Browning Version – A Play in One Act has ratings and 22 reviews. Yngvild said: Although The Browning Version is a classic on stage and film, part. Retiring teacher Andrew Crocker-Harris is also on the verge of divorce.

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Renuka D rated it did not like it Mar 10, The film, in common with the original stage play, follows the schoolmaster’s final few days in his post, as he comes to terms with his sense of failure as a teacher, a sense of weakness exacerbated trrence his wife’s infidelity and the realization that he is despised by both pupils and staff of the school. A delicate, pastel-shaded ending entirely in harmony with the tone of understated expression of the whole play, all the more powerful for relying heavily on implication.

His wife despises him for his failures and finds consolation with Frank, a younger teacher.

A one act that ties up versino neatly and precisely it puts a smile on your face. Rattigan takes us down a terrible descent as we discover each of these humiliations and injuries in turn.

It is also followed by an interview with one of the authors of a Rattigan biography which provides some beguiling insights into his work and his attitude. Rattigan was one of the most interesting, because although he was an Old Harrovian with all that implies about being a member of the upper classes, his politics were firmly leftwing and that does come through in his plays, but subtly.

I won’t say I really liked frank but it was more like I quite appreciated his character in the end. Yes, we want them to participate in a conversation about Latin literature that started at least as early as the second century CE. I can see now that the film took quite a few liberties with the play, but in a good way, drawing out the emotional undercurrents of the characters. Jul 11, Yngvild rated it it was amazing Shelves: His plays are typically set in an upper-middle-class background.


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It becomes knowledge within the play that the students call him “The Crock,” for basically his general lack of likability and personality. And by the end, the playwright’s message is clear: One stars Michael Redgravev and is black and white, the other is much more recent and boasts magnificent performances by Albert Finney and Greta Scacchi.

Nevertheless, I believe that at least some of us should learn Latin and Greek, and for those of us to choose to do so, we should learn it well. All wives in 20th century literature are spiteful. Works by Terence Rattigan.

Of course, since the Agamemnon informs much of the play, there can be no redemption for Crocker-Harris. Jan 25, Carolyn rated it liked it Shelves: The film ends with a conversation between Crocker-Harris and Taplow, and the rattiggan that Crocker-Harris will complete his translation of the Agamemnon. Shortchanged both personally by a wife who openly cheats on him, and professionally by the headmaster who denies his pension and even by his pupils who mockingly brownint to him as the ‘Crock’ and the ‘Himmler of the lower fifth’, his redemption in the end, triggered through a small gesture by a pupil was both realistic and satisfying.

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I mean when he was talking with Taplow about Crocker Harris, it seemed that he was rather a scornful man – a man who was hooking up with his wife and was not even ashamed of it.


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Rattigan liked to focus on the pitiless pitied; still, he had a great though now out of fashion talent for structure, style, character and conventional exposition. I read the play before seeing the film before I even knew a film had been madeand found the film ‘opened’ out the action: If you cannot, find this play in print, look for the more recent film adaptation; it too is an invaluable piece of art.

The play ends exactly as it should, with no attempt to tie up all the loose ends. The Rattigan Collection Buy this work. It was directed by fast-paced dialog, frequently-foul-mouthed David Mamet, who did a lovely, complicated, subtle job.

It respects friendship, a student – teacher relationship, trust, heartbreak, deceit and eccentricity for the characters broaning in this play were no less than a mystery for all readers.

His valuable and highly competent contribution to the life of the school is casually exploited but not respected — or even recognised. The film versionstarring Michael Redgrave as Crocker-Harris, won two awards at the Cannes Film Festivalone for Rattigan’s screenplaythe other for Redgrave’s performance. But we also want our students to be able to read the texts themselves, browninf be able herence at those valuable scholarly conclusions because they have interpreted the texts appropriately, not simply blindly consumed by the implicit conclusions embedded in fluffy translations a la Alexander Pope.