Alec Guinness Centennial

One of the most highly acclaimed actors of his generation, Alec Guinness often expressed dismay at having his storied career overshadowed by his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars trilogy, films he was known to regard as "fairytale rubbish." Alec Guinness Centennial, a month-long series at Trylon microcinema, makes it easy to empathize with the actor's point of view. Celebrating the subject's 100th birthday, the series is bookended by two of cinema's greatest epics, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Directed by David Lean, these two films earned seven Academy Awards apiece (including matching Best Pictures), with Kwai scoring Guinness an Oscar for Best Actor. Tunes of Glory (1960) offers another bravura performance, as Guinness portrays a colonel defying army bureaucracy. By contrast, Guinness's comedic gifts are demonstrated by such Ealing Studios productions as The Man in the White Suit (1951), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Ladykillers (1955), and Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), in which Guinness juggles no less than eight roles. Humor can also be found lightening the espionage-themed capers of G.K. Chesterton's The Detective (1954) and Graham Green's Our Man in Havana (1959). Further epitomizing a singular talent, The Horse's Mouth (1958) features an Academy Award-nominated screenplay penned by Guinness concerning the achievement of artistic perfection, a subject with which he was clearly well acquainted. For a complete schedule, visit take-up.org. (Pictured: Alec Guinness in Kind Hearts and Coronets)
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays-Sundays. Starts: May 2. Continues through June 1, 2014

 
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