The Horse's Mouth

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Time Out says

Uneasy adaptation of Joyce Cary's marvellous novel (itself an integral part of a trilogy) about the anti-social nature of genius. Guinness builds a clever, painstakingly detailed character study as the scruffily disreputable Gulley Jimson, an ageing artist prepared to go to any lengths to ensure that he can go on setting down his vision in paint. But despite using John Bratby paintings to represent that vision, the film itself is more concerned with the artist's eccentricities than with his creativity. Flatly directed, loosely scripted, it emerges as little more than a lightweight slice of Ealing-style whimsy.
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Release details

UK release:

1958

Duration:

95 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Ronald Neame

Cast:

Michael Gough, Arthur MacRae, Robert Coote, Mike Morgan, Renee Houston, Kay Walsh, Alec Guinness, Ernest Thesiger

Music:

Ken Jones

Art Director:

Bill Andrews

Editor:

Anne V Coates

Cinematography:

Arthur Ibbetson

Screenwriter:

Alec Guinness

Producer:

John Bryan

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