Views Read Edit View history. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. The Captain’s Paradise The Durrells in Corfu. The film has a fair bit at its back, but alas, in the end, the film just cannot cross that line into decency, coming close, but not close enough to avoid a dreaded plunge into mediocrity, anchored by an emotional distance that is itself anchored by questionable storytelling. After her death, the D’Ascoynes refused permission for her to be buried in the family crypt. Mendleson later recounted that to dress Guinness in his many roles, the costumes were of less importance than make-up and the actor’s nuances.

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Guinness in his single but most demanding role”. Carlos M Super Reviewer. I keep wondering how the film manages to stay so light in spite of the notional black comedy of its plot.

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History at your fingertips. Alec Guinness coronehs out a place among the greatest of British actors by mixing his demure persona with dry wit and a taste for the absurd.

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At the time it’s release, this film just had to have turned heads, as it remains visually appealing to this day, with clever art direction and tasteful photography that give you a comfortable and handsome feel for this film’s world, further old on you by nearts certain other relatively upstanding aspect. On Becoming a God in Central Florida.

My favourite film: Kind Hearts and Coronets

The Long and the Short and the Tall These relatives, seven men and one woman, are all played by Guinness, and each dies in an unusual, darkly comic way. In prison awaiting execution the next morning, Louis, the 10th Duke of Chalfont, puts down on paper the events that led him to his current situation.


The Red Shoes Special Features New, restored high-definition digital transfer A feature-length BBC documentary on the history of Ealing Studios Rare, minute talk show appearance by Alec Guinness, from Gallery of archival production and publicity photographs Original theatrical trailer American ending A new essay by film critic Philip Kemp Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing New cover by F. Thomas B Super Reviewer. A lovely, intelligent and warm comedy about a man who will do anything to reclaim his birthright.

A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. The Secret Life of Ealing Studios. Okay, perhaps upstanding isn’t exactly the perfect word to use when describing this film’s acting, as this isn’t the type of film that commands strong performances, yet that doesn’t stop this film from flaunting talented performers, who aren’t used to their full advantage, but still engage more than the film itself, with leading man Dennis Price being charismatic and convincing as the classy, but corrupt man out for the blood of those who wronged him, while Alec Guinness steals the show, taking on not one, or two, or three, or even four, but eight roles, and making each one distinct through a careful attention to presence that leaves Guinness to become each and every one of his characters.

Barbara Leake as The Schoolmistress.

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Alec Herats as Duke. Lord High Steward John Salew While filming the scene Hamer asked Guinness if he could hold his pose—a salute, facing the camera while the water rose around him—so that the water went over his head; Hamer wanted to show the admiral’s cap floating on the surface.


Jun 5, Full Review…. All Critics 44 Top Critics 10 Fresh Always pouting from beneath some complicated hat, Sibella is poison in petticoats. Arthur Lowe as The Reporter.

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Okay, well, at least this film is funnier then what I just said, and this film isn’t exactly all that high of a standard, which is shocking, because, for all extents and purposes, this film should still be very effective. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder “.

From the window of his flat, Louis then uses a bow and arrow to shoot down the balloon from which heafts suffragette Lady Agatha D’Ascoyne is dropping leaflets over London. Subscription or UK public library membership required. Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

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Knowing that backstory, his disgust at the callousness and hypocrisy of Britain’s class system seems more pronounced. The Irishman First Reviews: Jan 22, Full Review….

Production began on 1 September A black comedy about classicism and the murder of the aristocracy played for laughs was always going to be up my alley.