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ALEC GUINNESS 100

Friday, June 13 - Thursday, July 3

Before the David Lean spectacles, before Obi-Wan Kenobi, Sir Alec Guinness (1914-2000) was already famous, as the face, if ever-changing, of the Ealing comedies (so named after their tiny London studio) that made pawky, quirky British humor popular around the world.

Special thanks to Eric DiBernardo, Adrienne Halpern (Rialto Pictures), Chris Chouinard, Nick Varley (Park Circus), Chris Lane, Grover Crisp (Sony Pictures), Joe Reid, Caitlin Robertson (20th Century Fox), Nicole Woods, Kristie Nakamura (Warner Bros.), Daniel Bish (George East man House), Brian Belovarac, Laura Coxson (Janus Films), Laurent Ouaknine (The Weinstein Co.), Anne Morra (Museum of Modern Art), Neil McCutcheon, Michael Kohn (Lucasfilm Ltd.), and Mark McElhatten (Sikelia Productions).

Reviews

"ONE GLORIOUS, LADY-KILLING FESTIVAL! Few actors have been so elusive and so captivating at once, so microfaceted in their offhanded subtlety. No matter how well you think you know Guinness as a performer, there's always more to see.”
– Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
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“Alone among the great performers, [Guinness] resolved a paradox: how to be a star without being the center of attention—or, at least, while giving no sign that you crave such a prominent spot. Nonetheless, as though by accident, Guinness grew into a hero—or, rather, into one of life’s supporting players who had heroism thrust upon him, whether he liked it or not. He oozed or scampered through one Ealing comedy after another, making The Lavender Hill Mob and The Man in the White Suit in a single year, 1951, and British moviegoers, canvassed for their favorites, kept putting Guinness on the list. Where Peter Sellers—who worshipped Guinness, and scrutinized him avidly when they worked on The Ladykillers—would spend himself in a fury of impersonation, Guinness gave no hint of a hollow core. He found a still point in the turning world.

Certainly, few actors have been more expert at the smoothing of feathers, or had more of a knack for the mot juste. Gather all the trades and talents that he displayed onscreen, and you end up with the most curious of amalgams: prince, priest, bank clerk, shrink, dictator, Jedi, vacuum-cleaner salesman, thinker, sailor, soldier, spy. Much was revealed in the serious games that Alec Guinness played. More remains unknown.”
– Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
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“A MASTER CLASS IN VERSATILITY!”
– Tom Teodorczuk, The Daily Beast
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Films in this Series

Friday, June 13 - Saturday, June 14

12:45 3:00 5:10 7:30 9:50

Sunday, June 15

1:40 4:00 6:20 8:45

Monday, June 16

LAST HOLIDAY
12:40 4:30 8:30
A RUN FOR YOUR MONEY
2:30 6:30 10:15

Tuesday, June 17

THE CARD
3:00 7:30
THE MUDLARK
12:50 5:10 9:40

Wednesday, June 18

1:00 3:30 7:00 9:45

Thursday, June 19

12:30 pm

Thursday, June 19

3:00 7:15

Friday, June 20 - Saturday, June 21

THE LAVENDER HILL MOB
12:40 4:10 7:50
THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT
2:20 6:00 9:45

Sunday, June 22

2:00 5:15 8:30

Monday, June 23

THE PRISONER
3:10 7:30
DAMN THE DEFIANT!
1:00 5:20 9:40

Tuesday, June 24

THE SCAPEGOAT
3:00 7:40 THE SWAN 12:40 5:10 9:55

Wednesday, June 25

FATHER BROWN
1:00 5:10 9:30
THE CAPTAIN’S PARADISE
3:00 7:20

Thursday, June 26

12:40 2:50 5:10 7:30 9:45

Friday, June 27 - Saturday, June 28

1:00 3:00 5:10 7:20 9:30

Sunday, June 29

1:00 ONLY

Sunday, June 29 - Monday, June 30

SUN 3:30 7:45
MON 2:30 7:15

Monday, June 30

12:30pm

Tuesday, July 1

12:30 pm

Tuesday, July 1

2:30

Tuesday, July 1

4:40

Tuesday, July 1

7:15 ONLY

Wednesday, July 2

12:30 2:40 5:10 9:45

Wednesday, July 2

7:30 ONLY

Thursday, July 3

12:45 4:10 7:30