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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To view it, click here. So it’s a haunting and telling process as we slowly see how hopeless and phantasmic basic happiness in life is, in the mind of the playwright, who portrays his character as a man of temperance and even alacrity.

After all, the impression he gives is that of only mild surprise at being referred to as ‘the Himmler of the lower fifth’. Jan 28, Karen S rated it really liked it. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a stab at the modern Cly Pretty high-brow, but if you know Aeschylus’ Agamemnon backwards and forwards you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

The Browning Version – A Play in One Act

So yeah ‘The Browning Version’ is worth reading as it will compel bronwing to think a loooottttttt and along with that, it will introduce you to a new perspective to see various aspects of life! This is a wonderful drama – kind of a Dead Poets Society where the drama is much more subtle and real.

Rattigan extends the screenplay far from his own one-act play, which ends on Crocker-Harris’s tearful reaction to Taplow’s gift. From the beginning he was unsure of their affair but he didn’t make an attempt to end it before or rather he did but it was overlooked by Millie. He pities the man, somehow clued into his demise as a classical scholar.

Four stars to the film, too. These interpretative layers and this sort of emotional nuance require the scholarly acumen Crocker-Harris demonstrates and tries to impart to his students, however flawed his pedagogical approach may be. Not only meaning but also different sentiments, needs and thoughts that a person encounters in his life.

In framing Crocker-Harris so adversely, Rattigan invites a certain villainy to his name. Andrew is disliked by his unfaithful wife Millie, his colleagues, and his students.


The play ends exactly as it should, with no attempt to tie up all the loose ends. To his petrified successor, who’s graced the school which is also Mr.

It’s power wielded ironically by a martyr to the system, versin the bottom of a dung heap of emotional devastation that’s yielded one hell of a social bite. He accepted all the criticism, all the blames, all the hatred and ultimately this converted into a heart disease which was much severe than what people saw. He is a has-been, an academic failure, and he has just been forced to leave his job on account of a serious heart condition.

If you’re feeling adventurous, take a stab at the modern Clytemnestra and see her kill her husband with a word. Rattigan wrote the screenplay for the film and his classical knowledge contributes to plays on the Greek original.

Terence Rattigan – The Browning Version

The emotional turning-point for the cold Crocker-Harris is his pupil Taplow’s unexpected parting gift, Robert Browning ‘s translation of the Agamemnonwhich he has inscribed with the Greek phrase that translates as “God from afar looks graciously upon a gentle master. May 22, Jared Colley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Crocker-Harris’ living quarters, he offers that “A single success can atone, more than atone, for all the failures in the world.

This has long been one of my favourites so I was delighted when the BBC revived it as part of their Rattigan season to mark the th anniversary of the author’s birth.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The film was shot at Pinewood Studios in and generally released in April, Pretty high-brow, but if you know Aeschylus’ Agamemnon backwards and forwards you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

Nov 06, AJW rated it really liked it Shelves: Renuka D rated it did not like it Mar 10, Like Clytemnestra, she has an extramarital lover, and her affectionless affair with a virile science-teacher named Frank is at first repellant. Terence Rattigan was and is not popular amongst the professional critics, but he terejce hugely popular with audiences and actors.

The Browning Version ( film) – Wikipedia

His wife despises him for his failures and finds consolation with Frank, a younger teacher. John Donovan rated it it was amazing Apr 20, Rattigan takes us down a terrible descent as we brlwning each of these humiliations and injuries in turn. The film version was excellent, but I preferred the taut scenes in the play which concluded at the moment of Crocker-Harris’ transformation.


Clever, well paced, well written. The play is shorter and more condensed than the film, set in one room and performed in one act. Aishany rated it it was amazing Oct 16, Shortchanged both personally by rattigqn wife who openly cheats on him, and professionally by the headmaster who denies his pension and even by his pupils who mockingly refer 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.

It is viewed as one of his best works, and one of the best one-acts ever written. To himself, he is a disappointment and failure, and this is the story of his coming to terms with that. First rxttigan at the Phoenix Theatre, London, England, on September 8,The Browning Version was coupled with another one-act by Rattigan entitled Harlequinade under the umbrella name, Playbill.

I like the character of Andrew and Frank a lot. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Browning Version takes a realistic approach to the teacher-student relationship explored in books like ‘Good-Bye, Mr.

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And by the end, the playwright’s message is clear: We get this impression even when he talks to Millie. The Public Schools in English Fiction”. Retrieved 31 October — via National Library of Australia.

The idea that a relatively young man can be so downtrodden, both professionally and personally, has poignancy quite different from that of the more common caricature bronwing an elderly failure. I think the Albert Finney adaptation with Greta Scachi was the best vfrsion version.

It was directed by fast-paced dialog, frequently-foul-mouthed David Mamet, who did a lovely, complicated, subtle job. And thus, on all accounts, the schoolmaster has failed: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.