The Ladykillers

Mackendrick’s delightful black comedy finds Alec Guiness and his fumbling gang of crooks (Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, and Cecil Parker) set up in a rented room to plan a robbery. The elderly homeowner becomes unwittingly involved and, try as they may to knock her off, they succeed instead to fall victim, one by one, to themselves. William Rose’s madly farcial script perfectly captures the essence of droll British humor.

Appears in: Special Screenings

Genres: Black Comedy

Other Films by Alexander Mackendrick

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Sweet Smell of Success

The New York media ecosystem in the 1950s, seen here through famed cinematographer James Wong Howe’s expressive lens and left-wing screenwriter Clifford Odets’s cracked vision, was a cutthroat world in which men would do anything to succeed, freely tossing morals and ethics aside. In this context, Lancaster seethes as high-profile gossip columnist and blackmail artist

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The Man in the White Suit

In this light-hearted satire rich in comic twists, Alec Guiness plays a daffy inventor-chemist who concocts a miraculous fabric that will not soil, stain, or wear out. When the cloth industry discovers his revolutionary invention, he becomes a marked man. Mackendrick’s witty and original film takes on big business, labor, science, and consumer culture with