Alec Guinness

Priced Out of the (Art) Market

Jo Brooks | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Brooks

As you weave between the blooming orange trees, which beguilingly give out an aroma of comforting honey in the spring, in the garden of the grand but homely house of the late great poet and author Robert Graves, you feel he'd achieved what every artist craves - an inspiring base, studio or home where you can create.

The Man in the White Suit (1951)

Susannah Straughan | Posted 13.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Susannah Straughan

"Why can't you scientists leave things alone?" Cinema in the 1950s often focused on the dangers caused by experiments that went horribly wrong. But Ealing's The Man in the White Suit isn't a sci-fi movie about marauding giant ants, or a cautionary tale about the nuclear arms race.

The Great Ealing Film Challenge 88: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Dr Keith M. Johnston | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Dr Keith M. Johnston

Re-watching Kind Hearts and Coronets for the sake of this blog post (the film is one of the Ealing films I've seen several times in my life, although admittedly not in recent years), I'd forgotten how sexual a film it is.

The Great Ealing Film Challenge 82: Barnacle Bill (1957)

Dr Keith M. Johnston | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Dr Keith M. Johnston

Barnacle Bill (aka All at Sea in the U.S.) has an undeserved critical reputation as a late failure that is more concerned with the studios' past comedy glories than it is in creating something new and innovative. But, based on viewing it for this blog, I can't really agree with them.

The Great Ealing Film Challenge 61: The Ladykillers (1955)

Dr Keith M. Johnston | Posted 16.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Dr Keith M. Johnston

Watching this again, I couldn't help wondering: is The Ladykillers Ealing's most famous film?

The Great Ealing Film Challenge 57: The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Dr Keith M. Johnston | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Dr Keith M. Johnston

When it comes to the well-known Ealing comedies, those six or seven films that - for many people - define what 'Ealing' means within British film culture, it is difficult for me to pick a favourite.

The Great Ealing Film Challenge 20: The Man in the White Suit (1951)

Dr Keith M. Johnston | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK Entertainment
Dr Keith M. Johnston

This is a film of multiple generic pleasures: science fiction (and aspects of horror) in its topic, themes, character and visual aspects; thriller or film noir in the rain-soaked dark streets and alleys where Stratton hides from the mob, or the appearance of the textile barons like gangsters in their overcoats and matching black cars; comedy in its dialogue and physical slapstick