In the film Manxman is briefly depicted by a Dido-class cruiser — clearly identifiable from her 5. HMS Manxman herself was coincidentally used in another film which was also shot in Malta. This was Sailor of the Kingin which she depicted the fictional German raider Essen. Box office[ edit ] Malta Story was the fourth most popular movie at the British box office in
On Guinness's birth certificate, the space for the mother's name shows Agnes de Cuffe. The space for the infant's name where first names only are given says Alec Guinness. The column for name and surname of father is blank. Guinness himself believed that his father was a Scottish banker, Andrew Geddes —who paid for Guinness's public school education at Fettes College.
Geddes occasionally visited Guinness and his mother, posing as an uncle. Also inGuinness signed on with the Old Vicwhere he was cast in a series of classic roles. An early influence from afar was Stan Laurelwhom Guinness admired. He starred in a production of Hamlet which won him acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.
The play was a success. One of its viewers was a young British film editor, David Leanwho would later have Guinness reprise his role in Lean's film adaptation of the play.
He played the Uninvited Guest in the Broadway production of T. In all, between 2 April and 30 Mayhe played 77 parts in the theatre. Inexhibitors voted him the most popular British star. The Last Ten Dayswhich he considered his best film performance, though critics disagreed.
Guinness with Rita Tushingham in Doctor Zhivago Guinness won particular acclaim for his work with director David Leanwhich today is his most critically acclaimed work.
Despite a difficult and often hostile relationship, Lean, referring to Guinness as "my good luck charm", continued to cast Guinness in character roles in his later films: He was also offered a role in Lean's Ryan's Daughter but declined.
At that time, Guinness "mistrusted" Lean and considered the formerly close relationship to be strained—although, at his funeral, he recalled that the famed director had been "charming and affable".
In letters to his friends, Guinness described the film as "fairy tale rubbish" but the film's sense of moral good — and the studio's doubling of his initial salary offer — appealed to him and he agreed to take the part of Kenobi on the condition that he would not have to do any publicity to promote the film.
This made him very wealthy in his later life. Upon his first viewing of the film, Guinness wrote in his diary, "It's a pretty staggering film as spectacle and technically brilliant.
Exciting, very noisy and warm-hearted. The battle scenes at the end go on for five minutes too long, I feel, and some of the dialogue is excruciating and much of it is lost in noise, but it remains a vivid experience.
Guinness said in a interview that it was actually his idea to kill off Obi-Wan, persuading Lucas that it would make him a stronger character and that Lucas agreed to the idea.
Guinness stated in the interview, "What I didn't tell Lucas was that I just couldn't go on speaking those bloody awful, banal lines. I'd had enough of the mumbo jumbo. Lucas credited him with inspiring cast and crew to work harder, saying that Guinness contributed significantly to achieving completion of the filming.
Guinness was quoted as saying that the royalties he obtained from working on the films gave him "no complaints; let me leave it by saying I can live for the rest of my life in the reasonably modest way I am now used to, that I have no debts and I can afford to refuse work that doesn't appeal to me.
The fan was stunned at first but later thanked him though some sources say it went differently. Guinness is quoted as saying: His mother drew herself up to an immense height.
Maybe she was right but I just hope the lad, now in his thirties, is not living in a fantasy world of second hand, childish banalities.May 29, · The Card is a black-and-white film version of the novel by Arnold Bennett. Entitled The Promoter for its American audience, it was adapted by Eric Ambler and directed by Ronald Neame.
Alec Guinness was a great actor. He was also a brilliant diarist and writer. In his autobiography, Blessings In Disguise, he recounted the story of a practical joke he played on none other than.
Kind Hearts and Coronets is a British black comedy film. It features Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson and Alec Guinness; Guinness plays nine characters. The plot is loosely based on the novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal () by Roy ph-vs.com concerns Louis D'Ascoyne Mazzini, the son of a woman disowned by her aristocratic family for marrying out of .
Alec Guinness: The Authorised Biography [Piers Paul Read] on ph-vs.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Sir Alec Guinness was one of the greatest actors of the twentieth century.
With a talent recognised by discerning critics from his very first appearance on the stage. Double bill of BBC espionage drama mini-series based on the novels by John Le Carré and starring Alec Guinness as master spy George Smiley.
In 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' (), Smiley has been in 'retirement' for some time, some say owing to his mishandling of the Czech scandal. Sir Alec Guinness, original name Alec Guinness de Cuffe, (born April 2, , London, England—died August 5, , Midhurst, West Sussex), British actor famous for the variety and excellence of his stage and screen characterizations.
Tall and unremarkable in appearance, he played a great range of characters throughout his long career.