THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (Alexander Mackendrick, 1951)

The following is one of the entries from my 100 Greatest English-Language Films list, which I invite you to visit on this site if you haven’t already done so. — Dennis Sidney Stratton gets moony-eyed when he imagines what he could do with “a modern laboratory—a proper laboratory.” When the textile mill for which he […]


Like a number of notable films of the day (for example, Helmut Käutner’s The Last Bridge, 1954, Andrzej Munk’s Eröica, 1957, Masaki Kobayashi’s The Human Condition, 1958-61), David Lean’s Bridge on the River Kwai casts a critical eye back on war. From a French novel by Pierre Boulle, himself a World War II P.O.W., the […]

THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (Charles Crichton, 1951)

In the late forties and fifties, Alec Guinness acted brilliantly in a series of superlative British comedies, including Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Man in the White Suit (1952) and The Horse’s Mouth (1958). Beautifully written by T. E. B. Clarke, Charles Crichton’s Lavender Hill Mob may be the most cherished of them.      “Dutch” […]