An Acting Force

An entire generation of film-goers knows Alec Guinness primarily as the original Obi-Wan Kenobi, but his work spans decades and genres, ranking with the most accomplished actors of his age. “[He’s] an actor I love, and one who is exceptionally good at playing a kind of quiet quirkiness bordering on real lunacy,” says Howie Movshovitz, UCD film professor and Colorado Public Radio film critic. “He was in a slew of comedies in Britain in the ’40s and ’50s, and he’s an elegant comic actor.”

That elegant comic touch is the centerpiece of The Horse’s Mouth, which stars Guinness as an eccentric painter seeking the perfect wall to realize his artistic vision. The film was a showcase for Guinness’s writing talents, and the screenplay, which he adapted from a novel, earned him an Oscar nomination.

You can see it today as part of the Tattered Cover Film Series at the Denver FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. UCD film professor Melanie Brandt will introduce the film and lead a Q&A afterward. It all starts at 2 p.m., but get there early, as seating is limited. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. For more info, visit
Sun., Sept. 2, 2 p.m., 2012


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