The Ladykillers (1955)
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Classic comedy, one of my favorites. Runs circles around the surprisingly lame remake by the previously infallible Coen bros.
Here's the thing: it should be viewed from the point of view of the plot and structure, whereupon it transforms into a masterpiece of character acting - which leads to its understated central theme or idea, namely how character judgements are formed. To get a better idea of this theme, look at the way such character judgements about the central figure of the "little old lady" are formed and developed.
Ideally, therefore, if your are new to this film, you should see it twice before making up your own mind.
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This movie ranks #13 in BFI's Top 100 British Films
This movie ranks #32 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
This movie ranks #172 in Geoff King's Film Comedy
This movie ranks #290 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #293 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #404 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #500 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #826 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films