Directed by David Lean • 1948 • United Kingdom
Starring Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh
Following the success of GREAT EXPECTATIONS, David Lean applied his sterling craftsmanship to another beloved Charles Dickens classic and once again set the standard for all future screen adaptations. Expressionistic, shadow-etched cinematography captures the atmosphere of the nineteenth-century London underworld where a runaway orphan (John Howard Davies) falls in with a den of thieves as he searches for a true home. Alec Guinness’s controversial performance as the pickpocket Fagin stands as one of the chameleonic actor’s most striking transformations.
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Directed by Henry Cass • 1950 • United Kingdom
Starring Alec Guinness, Beatrice Campbell
Told by his doctor he has no more than a few months to live, drab British workingman George Bird (Alec Guinness) decides to spend his savings on lodging at a seaside resort. Once there, however, he finds his...
Directed by Ronald Neame • 1952 • United Kingdom
Starring Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns
Alec Guinness and Glynis Johns are at their best in THE CARD, a story of an enterprising young man determined to succeed in a hard, cruel world. In the course of his upward climb, he meets an equally sharp-w...
The Horse’s Mouth
Directed by Ronald Neame • 1958 • United Kingdom
Starring Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Renee Houston
In Ronald Neame’s film of Joyce Cary’s classic novel, Alec Guinness transforms himself into one of cinema’s most indelible comic figures: the lovably scruffy painter Gulley Jimson. As the ill-behave...