The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) – David Lean

Another recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of The Great Escape is this David Lean classic starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, ¬†and Jack Hawkins. The film walked away with seven Academy Awards, taking home Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Guinness), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography,…

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) – Anthony Mann

An incredible cast fills out this recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Spartacus. Alec Guinness is Marcus Aurelius, whose death begins the downfall of the great empire, as his son, Commodus (Christopher Plummer) assumes leadership, and is unwilling to let anything stand in his way. They…

The Ladykillers (1955) – Alexander Mackendrick

  The recommendations from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film for Kind Hearts and Coronets continue to entertain with this film that features Alec Guinness, Herbert Lom and Peter Sellers. I`d seen the Coen Brothers remake with Tom Hanks, but had never seen the original, which is too bad, because this one was a…

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) – Charles Crichton

  The Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book continues its recommendations following the viewing of Kind Hearts and Coronets with this Alec Guinness/Stanley Holloway robbery movie, and features a tiny, blink and you miss it appearance of a young Audrey Hepburn. The director also shot Hue and Cry, and one of the other…

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) – Robert Hamer

  The Great Movies – 100 Years of Film brings me this English comedy I had never heard of before, starring Dennis Price and Alec Guinness. A tale of murder and woe told from the point of the killer seems like it may not be very funny, but this one proved to be very entertaining….