The Man in the White Suit (2012)
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Movie InfoSidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) has a dream: to develop a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. His textile mill bosses discover his secret experiments and initially ban him from their laboratories. But when Daphne (Joan Greenwood) comes to understand what Sidney is trying to do, she convinces her father, Mr. Birnley (Cecil Parker), that developing Sidney's fabric would be great for business...and mankind. Little do they know that they will spark an uprising, not only among the textile workers who would lose their jobs to the ultimate cloth, but also the business owners who would rather maintain the status quo. … More
- Drama , Classics , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
- Directed By:
- Alexander Mackendrick , Alexander Mckendrick
- Written By:
- Roger MacDougall , John Dighton , Alexander Mackendrick , Alexander Mckendrick
- In Theaters:
- Nov 16, 2012 Limited
- On DVD:
- Sep 10, 2002
- Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the White Suit
That Stratton proves so unable to resist his hubris surely provides the film with a cautionary subtext, but this is beautifully complicated by an ending that denies the possibility of rehabilitation.
Clever and witty, this Oscar-nominated British comedy displays the talents of Alec Guinness long before he became an international star with Bridge on the River Kwai.
Alec Guinness' sharp bird nose and watery eyes helped him play characters who were misfits on the margins of society. He made for a kindly but stubborn rebel in the Ealing comedies.
A witty Ealing Studios satirical mad scientist comedy that concerns itself with modern day societal and technological problems.
While on the surface it's a comic fable with a sense of humor as dry as a cracker, the movie possesses a sharp edge that rises like a shark fin above the natty British drollery.
Clever Ealing comedy, though perhaps not as great as its legend.
Audience Reviews for The Man in the White Suit
Alexander Mackendrick's The Man in the White Suit is classic Ealing comedy and so much more. I'm a huge fan of the studios comedy spree that lasted for 17 films (The Man in the White Suit being number 9) made between 1947 and 1957. All of the comedies are inventive in their own unique way but only The Man in the White Suit deals with political similarities. Passport to Pimlico dealt with politics but mainly highlighted differences, here they explore similarities between Big enterprise and trade unions and how both can quash development for their own gain. Doesn't sound like much of a comedy but I assure you it is. Alec Guinness typically plays it straight to great effect but is supported by a great list of actors who exaggerate each performance perfectly. It's quite a revealing subject considering the time it was made, post-war Britain was on the up but this film really was ahead of its time.
"Man in the White Suit" is perhaps, along with "Kind Hearts and Coronets," the pinnacle of the Ealing film. It's a very sophisticated and subtle comedy/farce that takes a dig at a number of the cultural institutions that characterise northern England. It's not so much a satire directed at capitalism but an opprobrium of the suspicious relationship between capital and labour and the broader unworkable relationship of commercial achievement with scientific progress. The success of the film resides in the subtlety with which these issues are explored and the even-handedness by which they are dealt with. At a more basic level the film is an excellent example of a farce as the frustration, misinterpretation and exaggerated comedy are delivered with a breath-taking pace. Very well written, even better direction and uniformly spot-on performances make this one of the great British films of the 1950s.
Another great Ealing Comedy, with the star of the studio, Alec Guiness always teriffic in the productions. Not as great as previoious ealing productions, such as Kind Hearts and Coronets, but still a must see, for British comedy and Ealing fans.
Gently amusing satire of capitalist corporations, probably before the term had even been invented. I'm not the biggest fan of Ealing, but it's light comedy with a brain.
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