Sunday, February 19, 2012

Last Holiday (1950)

Alec Guinness plays George Bird, a mild-mannered agricultural equipment salesman who is diagnosed with the incurable Lampington's Disease, and given just weeks to live. He takes his savings out and books himself in at posh seaside resort. The rest is a combination of gentle comedy and some not so gentle observation. Guinness is perfect, and the movie is nearly perfect as well, filled with fine little performances from the likes of Wilfrid Hyde-White and Bernard Lee.

This was remade a few years ago with Queen Latifah. I haven't seen it but from what I hear it's not worth the effort. Besides, and this is a little spoiler-ish, there are some major differences involving the endings of the films, one of them being on the darker side and one of them being on the lighter side. See if you can figure out which one is which.

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