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Science, Management, and Labor.
A comedic commentary of idealism, love, profit and stupidity. Or someone's trouble is another's treasure. Guiness plays a brilliant, but socially backward searcher of the perfect fabric. His dream is that it will last forever, not need cleaned, and will help out everyone especially who will only need to buy a few items of dress. However the manufacturers want to control its manufacturer, labor is threatened by the fact that once t he cloth is produced, there will not be any work, and everyone is happy when the White Suit has a half life, of about a day and a half. Its Guiness at his early best, before he gained his mature statur, and played the wide eyed opitimist parts. Younger generations known him as the wise and worldly Obi Wan Knobi or the Arab King in Lawence of Arabia. They hardly seem to be possible to be the same actor, even if you figure in the age of each film. Truely, one of the greatest actors of all time.
The Man in the White Suit
An amusing and engaging Ealing comedy. Guinness is an inventor whose new fabric causes friction with his employer's and their union. The characters are all well-written with ambiguous presentations, and the film is an amusing farce about the relationship between unionized labour and capitalism. Fun and stimulating. I give it a 4/5.
The Man in the White Suit
- Ray Marlitz
Scientist Invents Suit That Does Not Wear Out until everyone's patience does
A comedy about a serious subject.
In addition to the competent stars which make this film a true classic, subject is very current in today's uncertain world. Guiness's character is a scientist whose motives for creating the perfect fiber does not recognize how his great triumph would be recieved by labor and management. Traditional animosities come together in fear of what Guiness's invention will bring. Management feared sales would plument, and labor feared the loss of employment if suits and dresses would never wear out.This same quandray faces the European and American societies. Our labor has become to expensive to sell goods in our own country, let alone abroad. Capitalists have gone abroad to seek cheaper labor. Both sides profit, and both lose. The laboring classes buy foreign goods because they are cheaper and often as good or better. (Cars from Japan have now displaced American cars.)Inventions resulting in new products, or new methods of manufacturing have always caused angst because they often change the world forever. Fortunately, the forces always prove more than either labor or the manufacturers can overcome. In this film, Guiness's invention is limited to one suit to the satisfaction of everyone else. However, man no longer relies on cotton, wool and flax. Some lose and some gain, but no one can turn the clock back.This film demonstrates this "law" of economics in a very comedic and delightful film.