Alec Guinnesss in The Horse's Mouth (United Artists)
"Artists Behaving Badly" Film Series:
The Horse's Mouth
Saturday, November 30, 2013
The Horse's Mouth (1958, 95 min.), an adaptation of the Joyce Cary novel written by Alec Guinness, stars Guinness as an uncouth painter who will stop at nothing to realize his visions on any available space; Ronald Neame directs.
Artists tend by nature to be transgressive, in the life as well as the work. While the Clark usually celebrates the boldness of the artist’s work, this film series takes an ironical look at examples of bad behavior provided by the artist’s life—be it forgery or fornication; drugs or drink; mayhem, madness, or even murder.