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The Classic English Comedy The Man In The White Suit

As always we are invited to the Classic Movie Groups Monthly Movie Event.  And while there isnt a traditionally an "Eats", the movie ends around 7:45 and if people are so inclined we could find ourselves at one of the many fine restaurants in the area.

Anyway, from the Classic Movie Site.............


Continuing the theme of the great British Comedies out of Ealing Studios in the 1950s, this month's movie is the 1951 Classic The Man in the White Suit  starring Alec Guinness. No 58 on the British Film Institutes Best British Films list, it is our final of the 4 Ealing Studio comedies from the 1950s that made the BFI's Top 100 List.


The movie concerns Sidney Stratton (Alec Guiness), a brilliant young research chemist and former Cambridge scholarship recipient, has been dismissed from jobs at several textile mills in the north of England because of his demands for expensive facilities and his obsession to invent an everlasting fibre. Whilst working as a labourer at the Birnley mill, he accidentally becomes an unpaid researcher and invents an incredibly strong fibre which repels dirt and never wears out. From this fabric, a suit is made—which is brilliant white because it cannot absorb dye, and slightly luminous because it includes radioactive elements.




If youve never been to one of our classic movie nights you should join us.  They are held up stairs at Visible Voice Books.  The movie is projected up onto a screen so it does give you the going to see a movie sensation as opposed to watching it on a TV.


Plus Visible Voice is one of the great Indi book stores on the West Side of town.  They also offer a wine section, usually 8-12 choices, that may be ordered at very reasonable prices while watching the film. 

Hope to see you there.

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  • Jeane

    The fabric idea for that period was interesting and the way they thought how that would affect the economy.

    March 22, 2012

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