Ronald Neame

The Horse’s Mouth

The Horse’s Mouth

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.

Film Info

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

Special Features

  • New widescreen digital transfer supervised by Ronald Neame and enhanced for 16x9 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

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Special Features

  • New widescreen digital transfer supervised by Ronald Neame and enhanced for 16x9 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

The Horse’s Mouth
Cast
Alec Guinness
Gulley Jimson
Kay Walsh
Coker
Renee Houston
Sara Monday
Mike Morgan
Nosey
Michael Gough
Abel
Credits
Director
Ronald Neame
From the novel by
Joyce Cary
Screenplay
Alec Guinness
Music
Kenneth V. Jones
Cinematography
Arthur Ibbetson
Editing
Anne V. Coates
Art direction
Bill Andrews
Costumes
Julia Squire
Paintings
John Bratby
Producer
John Bryan
Producer
Ronald Neame

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Odes to Creativity

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