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Directed by Alexander Mackendrick

United Kingdom 1951 85 mins.

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 equal glee before it comes to its “revealing” conclusion.

Genres: Comedy