This is the first black and white movie I've enjoyed so much, it was thrilling, funny and peculiarly written. This last part I mention it because of the almost naive way that the situations occur. Also I find really interesting the cinematography and the discourse of the movie in general
A pitch black comedy that is rolled out in the most English of ways. It's very dry and full of droll narration and humor. One man's quest to wipe out an entire family, all played by Alec Guinness. This is the greatest conceit of the entire film. And it works really well. Usually I don't dig narration in a film, but it works quite well here. Heck, it's worth watching just for Alec Guinness playing all of these roles.
It's difficult to feel much sympathy for Louis when we spend so little time with his former, impoverished self. It's his seemingly invulnerable present self that determines what we see; ironic distance, rather than sympathy, becomes the goal. How little is it possible to care under the illusions of wealth and prestige? Blank-faced revenge is not beautiful or even violent; it simply glances by, a recognition of death.
Brilliantly paced. Without the swift editing, all the deaths would have dragged on. Do wish the title in English had been "Noblesse Oblige" or "Blue Blood," as I never remember this movie in association with "Kind Hearts..." Alec Guinness is sublime, with a genius similar to Peter Sellers in "Lolita." One pedantic point that always bothers me: the wealthy Mancini would have had a manservant to open his front door.