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The Man in the White Suit

Year: 1951
Production Country: UK
Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick
Featuring: Alec Guinness / Joan Greenwood / Cecil Parker / Michael Gough / Ernest Thesiger
Running time: 85min
Certificate: U

Alec Guinness delivers his most complex comic performance in Alexander Mackendrick's sly industrial satire. Read more


Mackendrick’s plague-on-all-your-houses industrial satire may be the most cynical Ealing film of all. Guinness delivers his most complex comic performance as the unworldly genius Sidney, whose invention of an indestructible, dirt-proof fabric terrifies textile barons and trade unions alike. A parable of the inexorability of technological progress and the tyranny of vested interests – with some sly sexual politics thrown in – it’s as acerbic a piece of social commentary as ever escaped from Ealing.

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