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Actors: Alec Guiness, Michael Gough, Kay Walsh, Ernest Thesiger, Mike Morgan

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Written by Alec Guinness and directed by Ronald Neame, THE HORSE'S MOUTH is a british movie released in 1958. Alec Guinness's screenplay was nominated for the academy award.
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London. A few weeks in the life of Gulley Jimson, a painter trying to paint his visions on any white walls he encounters. When this wall happens to be in the Beeder's living room, trouble begins for Gulley and for the people around him. But Gulley doesn't care, his artistic commitment is more important than the little problems created by his eccentric behaviour.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler




Gulley Jimson -- broke, cagey, sly -- is fresh out of prison and looking for new opportunities to pursue his art. He's a painter, a driven man, and not too particular about how he secures money or places to work. He lives on a houseboat on the Thames; that is, when he doesn't manage to cadge much nicer quarters from simple-minded or overgenerous patrons. When the Beeders go out of town on vacation, Gulley moves into their sumptuous apartment and begins selling off the contents while he creates a masterwork on one wall. Unfortunately, a worshipful kid keeps pestering him to be his protege; then another artist, a sculptor, moves in too with a gigantic block of marble which crashes through the floor. The year after winning the best actor Oscar for "The Bridge on the River Kwai," Guinness wrote the screenplay (based on the Joyce Cary novel) as well as starred in this oddball 1958 film that depicts the utter singleminded selfishness of artists. He attacks the role with a gravelly voice (you worry about what he's doing to it) and slovenliness that makes him look a decade or more older than the 44 he was when he made this cult classic.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   eccentricity Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   artist

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   river City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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