The Horse’s Mouth The Horse’s Mouth

The Horse’s Mouth

Ronald Neame

 
The Horse’s Mouth (Criterion DVD)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1958
  • 95 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #154

In Ronald Neame’s film of Joyce Cary’s classic novel, Alec Guinness transforms himself into one of cinema’s most indelible comic figures: the lovably scruffy painter Gulley Jimson. As the ill-behaved Jimson searches for a perfect canvas, he determines to let nothing come between himself and the realization of his exalted vision. A perceptive examination of the struggle of artistic creation, The Horse’s Mouth is also Neame’s comic masterpiece.

Cast

Credits

DirectorRonald Neame
From the novel byJoyce Cary
ScreenplayAlec Guinness
MusicKenneth V. Jones
CinematographyArthur Ibbetson
EditingAnne V. Coates
Art directionBill Andrews
CostumesJulia Squire
PaintingsJohn Bratby
ProducerJohn Bryan and Ronald Neame

Disc Features

  • New widescreen digital transfer supervised by Ronald Neame and enhanced for 16×9 televisions
  • Video interview with director Ronald Neame
  • D.A. Pennebaker’s short documentary film Daybreak Express, which opened the original New York theatrical run of The Horse’s Mouth, plus a video introduction by Pennebaker
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    Cover design by Michael Boland, based on a theatrical poster

Film Essays

Alec Guinness and The Horse’s Mouth

By Bruce Eder June 03, 2002

In addition to being his funniest film, The Horse’s Mouth is the most personal, and touching, of all Alec Guinness’ movies. Apart from starring as the brilliant but bedraggled artist Gulley . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Horse's Mouth

By Ian Christie June 03, 2002

By any standard, The Horse’s Mouth shines as an outstandingly personal work from a decade that often seems the most arid in British cinema. Amid tepid comedies and timid thrillers, it sparkles . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Horse's Mouth

By Jonathan Benair March 04, 1989

Sir Alec Guinness is probably best known to current audiences as the venerable Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas’s blockbuster Star Wars trilogy and as John Le Carre’s implacable . . . Read more »

News

Toasting Ronald Neame

April 21, 2011

British filmmaker Ronald Neame, the director of such Criterion titles as The Horse’s Mouth, Tunes of Glory, and Hopscotch (not to mention The Poseidon Adventure), and the producer behind David . . . Read more »


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By Karen Stetler July 22, 2010

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Film Essays

Alec Guinness and The Horse’s Mouth

By Bruce Eder June 03, 2002

In addition to being his funniest film, The Horse’s Mouth is the most personal, and touching, of all Alec Guinness’ movies. Apart from starring as the brilliant but bedraggled artist Gulley . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Horse's Mouth

By Ian Christie June 03, 2002

By any standard, The Horse’s Mouth shines as an outstandingly personal work from a decade that often seems the most arid in British cinema. Amid tepid comedies and timid thrillers, it sparkles . . . Read more »


Features

The Horse's Mouth

By Ronald Neame June 03, 2002

“I’ll show you how to understand a painting,” says the reprobate artist Gulley Jimson to his on-off lady friend Coker. “Don’t look at it. Feel it with your eyes. Feel the shapes in the flat, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Horse's Mouth

By Jonathan Benair March 04, 1989

Sir Alec Guinness is probably best known to current audiences as the venerable Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas’s blockbuster Star Wars trilogy and as John Le Carre’s implacable . . . Read more »