Alec Guinness stylish pop art print.
Alec Guinness & Ealing Comedies
If there’s one actor who’s most readily associated with the classic Ealing comedies, it’s Alec Guinness. He appeared in six Ealing comedies, playing multiple parts in two of them.
With a prestigious career in classical theatre, Guinness first Ealing comedy appearance is in 1949’s “Kind Hearts & Coronets” in which he played nine members of the D’Ascoyne family, who are being sequentially disposed of by Dennis Price‘s character.
In the same year, this was followed with a supporting role as a newspaper reporter in “A Run For Your Money”, another Ealing comedy which featured Joyce Grenfell.
The classic comedy “The Lavender Hill Mob” was to follow in 1951 co-starring Stanley Holloway, and with appearances by Sid James, John Gregson, & Audrey Hepburn.
That same year, Alec Guinness was reunited with his “Kind Hearts & Coronets” co-star Joan Greenwood in “The Man in the White Suit”, the tale of the inventive individual against vested interests. The film opened at the Marble Arch Odeon cinema in London on the 10th of August 1951.
In 1955, Alec Guinness returned to Ealing comedies with the cult film “The Ladykillers“, a much-loved classic that returned to the darker tone of “Kind Hearts & Coronets“.
Also starring Herbert Lom, Cecil Parker, Frankie Howerd, Jack Warner, Peter Sellers, & Kenneth Connor, it was to be Guinness’ penultimate film role for Ealing with his final outing in “Barnacle Bill” in 1957, which featured Jackie Collins before she became a world-renowned author.
Guinness appeared in six David Lean films, “Great Expectations”, “Oliver Twist”, “The Bridge on the River Kwai”, and “A Passage to India”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, and “Doctor Zhivago” with Julie Christie.
Some of his other film credits include “Last Holiday” with Sid James, “Father Brown” with Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, and Sid James, “The Scapegoat” with Bette Davis, “Our Man in Havana”, “Tunes of Glory” with Dennis Price, Peter McEnery & Gordon Jackson, “Murder by Death” with Maggie Smith, David Niven, & Peter Sellers, “Little Dorrit” with Joan Greenwood, and “Malta Story” & “Scrooge, both with Gordon Jackson.
One of Guinness’ most-remembered roles, particularly for a generation of sci-fi fans, is as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 1977 film “Star Wars: A New Hope”. Also starring Peter Cushing & David Prowse in the Darth Vader suit, Guinness lent his classical acting background to the Elstree-made film.
Alec Guinness concentrated on theatre and film during his career but did make a sojourn into television with the John le Carré mini-series “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, with Beryl Reid, and the follow-up “Smiley’s People” both garnering Best Actor BAFTA awards for Guinness.
Art & Hue had the pleasure to delve into the archives for the Ealing Comedy “The Man in the White Suit” to create this stylish pop art print of Alec Guinness, available in three sizes and 20 colours.
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Alec Guinness Pop Art
Available in A4, A3, and A2 sizes to fit standard-size picture frames. Please note that black frame is not included – for a guide on choosing a frame size take a look here.
An official collaboration with Studiocanal, this print is part of the Ealing Comedies collection of stylish pop art prints inspired by the classic British comedy films made at Ealing Studios, featuring Art & Hue’s signature halftone style (halftone is an age-old technique that uses dots to make up the printed image, similar to newspapers or comic books).
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