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The Man in the White Suit Reviews

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Cassandra M

Super Reviewer

February 10, 2011
"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.
Jeremy S

Super Reviewer

June 22, 2006
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.

Super Reviewer

March 10, 2007
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.
Lauren D

Super Reviewer

September 2, 2008
I thought it was pretty dull to be honest. I thought it was meant to be just sci-fi, but it turned out it was a sci-fi comedy, which usually don't work. And it didn't. It wasn't funny, and it was just boring.
Marion R

Super Reviewer

January 11, 2009
It was just okay

Super Reviewer

March 18, 2008
December 25, 2010
Not much here for today's viewer, even with Alec Guinness at the wheel. The notion of planned obsolesce was surely novel and fascinating to a 1951 audience, but you can't entertain anyone today with 90 minutes about it.

Guinness is a quirky lab rat who invents an eternal and stainproof fabric. Well actually he gurgles test tubes and explodes his labs for the first 45 minutes of the film UNTIL he invents it. The other 45 minutes of the film is devoted to milking the notion that now the fabric industry will have nothing to sell ... and that labor will have nothing to make. Everyone ends up chasing Guinness down dark alleys trying to shut him and his invention down. Then the product fails and all is well with the world again. Fin.

Again, to a 1951 audience, the notion that true product innovation might be at odds with the progress of capitalism and society was probably a titillating intellectual exercise. But since then of course the entire world has experienced an explosion of technological innovation ... and capitalism hasn't suffered much from it ... and job creations and losses aren't absolutely tied to it either.

As outstanding an actor as Guinness is, one might suspect that the film could hold attention just with him in it. Not the case. This is a pretty dry and unengaging delivery, actually, and any number of actors could have done as well. Which is "not well enough."

RECOMMENDATION: Not as much managerial insight here as I would have hoped. Most viewers can easily take a pass without regret.
November 24, 2006
Alec Guinness's character cares only for creating his indestructible fabric, ignoring the love of women and the devastation of blown up laboratories he leaves in his work. Holds up after half a century.
December 25, 2013
An Ealing Studio's satire on capital and labor's aligned suppression towards the revolutionary invention of an unbreakable and dirt-free fabric. A Cambridge graduate (Guinness) is debarred from a short-sighted garment manufacturer (Gough) to proceed his research, but with the help of another industrialist's daughter (Greenwood), he is financed by her father and unprecedentedly invents the fabric, which he thinks can benefit all mankind but both the workmen and their high-handed authority figures say otherwise, then a series of cat-and-mouse games ensues until an Achilles heel of the magical fabric pops out of left field ends the farce with everyone is happy except our protagonist.

Running snappily around 85 minutes, the story is unfolding concisely and takes an interesting turn after the cringe-worthy sequences of a nobody requests to meet an affluent personage but is routinely fended off by a hoity-toity butler. Guinness extracts a creditable poise of innocence and innocuousness besides a nerd's impulsion of his scientific pursuit, and one can read more through his inscrutable eyes. Greenwood is the darling girl here, clears barriers for Guinness when he is in trouble, a rarefied paragon from the upper class, even single-handedly engineers a persuasive feeler in the crucial moment. Vida Hope belongs to the opposite working class, who holds a secret admiration toward Guinness, and her rough and strong-arm simplicity is spot-on. Cecil Parker has a comical presence as an oscillating pushover, and a vulture-alike Ernest Thesiger has a grandstanding entrance as the mogul and decision-maker in the business.

Director Mackendrick and DP Slocombe utilizes a great contrast of Black & White cinematography to accentuate the luminous white suit, particularly in the chase set pieces. THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT is a prescient allegory tale which pinpoints the discovery of something new will upset the delicate market and self-seeking masses, it leaves a bitter taste for this technology-advanced era and meanwhile, it is an ingenious comedy deserves multiple watches anytime, anywhere.
February 23, 2012
A plot levantada de Ibsen e Guinness sempre espectacular.
July 2, 2013
Few films are simultaneously this absurd and thoughtful. Dr. Strangelove, maybe.
June 8, 2013
A young scientist has discovered an indestructible cloth that never gets dirty, a discovery that threatens the whole textile industry. Follows a pattern of witty and intelligent Ealing Studios comedies with dark undertones and a great performance by Alec Guinness in the leading role.
Carlton M Raines
May 11, 2013
Fantastic Ealing film,one of the best
March 27, 2013
A clever little sci-fi comedy that hints at many aspects of this 21st century. Guinness was not only a leading Shakespearean actor - he was adept as a character actor as well. What a character!
February 14, 2013
Kind of reminded me of a comedic version of Good Will Hunting, in the terms that Alec Guinness plays a lowly maintenance man at textile factories (I do like the joke played during the film that he actually didn't work at the second factory, Birnley's) and he's a scientific genius. Alec Guinness is great, and it's pretty funny in a Dr. Strangelove type way. The guy who plays the old guy with the cane, Sir John is damn funny. The executives kind of reminded me of the studio executive in Singin' in the Rain, although this came out the year before. You won't be falling over laughing, but you won't be sitting there stone faced either. It has some pretty good dramatic moments too. The ending was a mixture of laughter and what?, but I went along with it.
August 2, 2012
Not incredible funny, but charming enough to sit through.
December 23, 2011
Love the premise. Worth a watch on instant queue.
Aditya D. Mallya
December 14, 2011
A smart and well-constructed comedy. The early moments drag a little, but the film is a pleasure to watch once it gets to satirizing the dynamics of industries. Another fine member of the Ealing stable.
August 22, 2011
Nothing too great, nothing too terrible. Just plain average.
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