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Alec Guinness: An Actor for All Seasons


Alec Guinness (1914–2000) was one of British cinema’s most brilliant actors. A commanding presence in film, theater, and TV for half a century, he was more versatile than most movie stars and more popular than most character actors. He appeared in an enviable number of timeless classics, from Charles Dickens adaptations, to the Ealing Studios comedies that made him a star, to the box-office heights of the great David Lean epics. And then came the Star Wars films, which left him forever plagued by endless piles of fan mail! 

This summer, the Museum’s repertory programming spotlights many of Guinness’s most entertaining performances, well worth experiencing on the big screen in the company of other cinephiles. Film descriptions courtesy of the British Film Institute.

• Find out more in this blog post!

• Read the extensive Houston Chronicle article by Louis Parks!

Generous funding for this series provided by the Vaughn Foundation.