Alec Guiness shoots Hotel Paradiso in Paris
Conversation with Alec Guiness who shoots, alongside Gina Lollobrigida, the film Hotel Paradiso, an adaptation of a comedy by Feydeau, under the guidance of Peter Glenville.
When he's acting in front of Peter Glenville's camera at the Studios Saint-Maurice in Joinville-le-Pont for the adaptation of Georges Feydeau and Maurice Desvallières's Hotel Paradiso (1894), Alec Guinness already had a more varied theatre and cinema career than this "20 Years of Dark Humour" could suggest: from his first role with David Lean in Dickens's Great Expectations in 1946 to Jean-Claude Carrière's 1965 adaptation of French vaudeville, he has revealed himself to be "an exceptional poet of anonymity", according to the words of his British colleague Peter Ustinov.
An emblematic figure of the Ealing Studios and of their English-style comedies such as The Ladykillers (1955), he is able to interpret all of their roles. He went as far as playing 8 different characters in Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949). An "innocent" upper class man in Hotel Paradiso, he'll play, later on, a captive colonel during the war in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Prince Fayçal in Lawrence of Arabia (1965), Adolf Hitler in Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973) and even the Jedi knight in Star Wars (1977-1983).