The Browning Version
Filmfest 2006

Andrew Crocker-Harris, a teacher of Greek and Latin at a traditional English prep school, is called the “Hitler of the Lower Sixth” by his students. His rigidity and cruelty are the sad remnants of an extinguished passion for classical literature. But as he is poised to leave the school - forced into retirement by the headmaster and made ridiculous by the infidelities of his wife Laura - Crocker-Harris finds his love for learning rekindled by the interest and sympathy of a young student named Taplow who gives him Robert Browning’s translation of Aeschylus’ AGAMEMNON as a parting gift. Based on a Terence Rattigan play, THE BROWNING VERSION is a character study that finds pathos in British stodginess and makes a subdued plea for the nobility of teaching.

tags: Feature film

Cast: Albert Finney, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Modine, Julian Sands, Michael Gambon


Director: Mike Figgis