Top Ten 1959


Oscar may have honored him for his work as a stoic soldier, but my love of Alec Guinness comes more into play when I watch his outlandish performances, either as a comic genius or as a dramatic firebrand. The year after his win would see his terrific work in Tunes Of Glory, but 1959 features him doing such marvelous work with the last of the Carol Reed-Graham Greene collaborations, Our Man In Havana. While movies like Kind Hearts And Coronets and The Ladykillers gave him the opportunity to explore characters through makeup and costume disguises, this one has him stripped down to the bare essentials; he’s just his plain old self, and he’s fascinating at it.


  • Floating Weeds
  • Nazarin
  • The 400 Blows
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • North West Frontier
  • Rio Bravo
  • Ballad of a Soldier
  • North by Northwest
  • General Della Rovere
  • Apur Sansar