• Ron Spencer

    ★★★ Watched by Ron Spencer 12 Nov, 2014

    Lots of pre-Gilliamesque interiors. Guinness does a dreamy eyed protagonist, almost cartoonishly one-dimensional. All determination and pluck. The restored print looks amazing. The most polite and restrained slapstick I've ever seen. A social satire slapstick ballet. Has a vaguely Moliere-feeling resolution, a deus ex machina literally woven into the story. Great British acting faces from the forties and fifties. Gadgets. The working class. The ruling class. Sound effects. Close ups. Night time streets empty for perfunctory chases. Double crosses galore. For fans of Sellers, Gilliam, and all actors whose first name became Sir.

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  • Lowbacca

    ★★ Watched by Lowbacca 22 Sep, 2014

    The film is basically the idea of someone (Alec Guinness) inventing a fabric that never gets dirty or damaged. It falls into the same sort of problems that often get talked about with things like a car that runs on water and the like. My real problem with it is that it just feels so tiresome, the movie seems to go through the same motions over and over. I like the concept, but the film isn't nearly as durable as the fabric is supposed to be. Perhaps there's something fitting in that.

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  • DavidKleinSucks

    ★★★½ Watched by DavidKleinSucks 20 Sep, 2014

    Benjamin Frankel's hurried and manic main titles FTW.
    Library not having said score FTL.

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  • Dan Gaertner

    ★★★★★ Watched by Dan Gaertner 14 Sep, 2014

    Alexander Mackendrick's whip-smart "The Man in the White Suit" is the type of film that would provide you with a killer college paper. You can read all kinds of things in the picture.

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  • Glorbes

    ★★★★ Watched by Glorbes 11 Sep, 2014

    Ealing Studios made a legendary run of comedies in the fifties, many of which starred Alec Guinness, and this is my first one of them!

    What struck me about The Man in the White Suit is how satirical and biting it is...both labour and capital are outraged by an invention that Guinness's character (a young and eccentric scientist named Stratton) creates that may be too high quality to allow them to exploit the textile market. As a result, the old…

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  • kcooley

    ★★★★ Watched by kcooley 30 Aug, 2014

    Brilliant Ealing Comedy, satire about technology and capitalism with Alec Guinness as the scientist.

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  • Mark C

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Mark C 30 Aug, 2014

    The joy of Ealing comedies is they're so often considered to be the domain of homely traditional English values, all quaint and innocuous. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, and the very best of Ealing's output were trenchant affairs that took an obvious delight in their scalpel like incisions into the underbelly beyond their seemingly cosy appearance.

    Alexander Mackendrick, American born and raised in Scotland, was perhaps more disposed than most in turning a critical almost outsider…

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  • Roman Colombo

    ★★★½ Watched by Roman Colombo 05 Aug, 2014

    A classic Alec Guinness comedy, and he's quite wonderful in it. I don't have much to say. It's just a delightful little film.

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  • Cevin Moore

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Cevin Moore 23 Jul, 2014

    A superb slab of satire about the disposable nature of everything manufactured and also the "everybody out" ethos of the trade unions that was pretty much on the nose in 1951 and even more relevant in today's "free upgrade" culture.

    The look of our main protagonist in the climactic scene (a man that wanted nothing more than to help people) left alone with all his dreams crushed by the status quo in a large crowd is still a beautifully poignant moment in an otherwise lightweight comedy. It's moments like these that cemented the reputations of both Alec Guinness and Ealing Studios.

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  • KerryMaxwell

    ★★★★ Rewatched by KerryMaxwell 17 Jul, 2014

    "Why can't you scientists leave things alone? What about my bit of washing when there's no washing to do?" – Mrs. Watson (Edie Martin)

    Entertaining and effective satire that features Alec Guinness as Sidney Stratton, a bumbling scientist intent on producing a form of cloth that won't wear out, but Capital and Labor conspire to suppress what they fear will be their undoing. This invention doesn't quite work out the way he planned, but Sydney would go on to work for MI6.

    There are two outstanding bits of sound design; Sydney's lab contraption, and Joan Greenwood's voice.

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  • loureviews

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by loureviews 11 May, 2004

    This film concerns young inventor Sidney Stratton (another superb role from Alec Guinness) who is, without his factory bosses knowing, working on a new fabric which will never destruct, never need mending, never need cleaning. A wonder fabric which will revolutionise the world.

    The mill owners get greedy and think of the immense profits they will make putting the wonder material into production; while the workers revolt at the thought of their standard job roles being eroded. The plethora of…

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  • Declan

    ★★★★ Added by Declan

    What's it about? Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) is an eccentric scientist who invents an indestructible new fabric that never needs washed. But not everyone in the textile industry is as happy with his invention as he is.

    Is it any good? This is probably the most complex film produced from the famous Ealing Studios during the post-war years, being a curious mix of sci-fi, satire and social commentary. Key to this is the astute observation of the reaction to Sidney's…

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