The Man In The White Suit

April 20, 2017 by admin_name

The Man In The White Suit
released 1951

“The Man In The White Suit” is an American, sci-fi, satirical, Comedy film made by Ealing Studios. It was directed by Alexander Mackendrick and written by Roger Macdougall, John Dighton and Alexander Mackendrick. It stars Alec Guiness (yes, the Alec Guiness), Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Michael Gough, Ernest Thesiger, Howard Marion-Crawford, Henry Mollison, Vida Hope, Patric Doonan, Judith Furse, Colin Gordon, Harold Goodwin, Joan Harben and Duncan Lamot. It was nominated for an Academy Award for the script and remains an American Classic.

The Man In The White Suit IMDb webpage 

The story is about a mild mannered, chemist who invents a fabric that can be wiped clean and resists tearing. It basically never gets dirty or tears. Sidney Stratton is the name of the chemist and he is played by Alec Guiness. Sidney has lost several jobs in pursuit of his Project to create a super-fabric. He works at the Birnley Mill as a laborer and succeeds in his ambition and creates a glowing white suit. A fiber that would be well suited for industry today. He is a man ahead of his times who finds himself fumbling through his career while juggling his research ambitions and responsibilities. When the management of his company and the unions find out about his new fabric, well they run him out of town.

“The Man In The White Suit” is a great story and an interesting criticism of our society. After all, you´d think that such a marvelous invention would get its inventor showered in awards and praise, but that is not the case. The narrow minded people of his company and town see only a threat to their economy and so Sidney is run out of town. This film has an interesting message and is a light hearted, well written story.

It´s the story of a man ahead of his time who doesn´t seem to find a place in a society that reminds me more of a hive. It´s a story as old as time, of all of humanity´s dreamers and greatest achievers. It´s a classic for a very good reason and is worth seeing.

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