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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Alec Guinness

SIR ALEC GUINNESS (1914-2000), born Alec Guinness de Cuffe
Knighted in 1959 by Queen Elizabeth II. "de Cuffe" was his mother's surname; he never knew the identity of his father.

The Bridge Over the River Kwai (1957)Haven't you seen The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)? It's the greatest war film ever made!

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) His portrayal of Prince Feisal is stunning.
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Guinness playing EIGHT characters, including a female one.
A Passage to India (1984) Alec plays an Indian professor.
Star Wars (1977) The famous Obi Wan Kenobi.

*Contributed by: "Anna K." Tues, May 8 2001 / 14:25:00 PDT

Academy Awards®
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1952 Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role: THE LAVENDER HILL MOB
1957 Won Best Actor in a Leading Role: THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
1958 Nominated for Writing (Best Screenplay based on material from another medium): THE HORSE'S MOUTH
1977 Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: STAR WARS
1979 Honorary and Other Awards: For advancing the art of screen acting through a host of memorable and distinguished performances. Winner presented a Statuette.
1988 Nominated for Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role: LITTLE DORRIT


  • Thanks for this. Also see Alec's Ealing Studios comedies - The Man in the White Suit, The Prisoner (also known as Der Gefangene-The Cardinal) and The Horse's Mouth. http://www.britmovie.co.uk/studios/Ealing-Studios/

    By Anonymous Carolin, at Sat Apr 23, 04:24:00 PM PDT  

  • His Ealing comedies were "Kind Hearts and Coronets", "The Card", "The Lavender Hill Mob", "The Man in the White Suit", "Barnacle Bill", and "The Captain's Paradise". "The Prisoner" is a very serious film indeed, and "The Horse's Mouth" is a character study.

    By Blogger Carolin, at Sat Apr 23, 04:33:00 PM PDT