Meanwhile, corrupt Cuban dictator Captain Segura Ernie Kovacs , who covets the virginal Milly, begins to suspect that Wormald isn't as harmless as he had always seemed. This is one of Alec Guiness's best performances. Not many big laughs, but lots and lots of knowing and rueful smiles are what this movie inspires--it's a very dry martini in a world of brightly coloured alcopops. Or KindHearts and Coronets, where he played eight parts to perfection? It capably establishes a dark mood with cheerful undertones though it would have worked better vice versa, which was my takeaway from reading the novel. However, due to the accumulating power of the agency in Cuba, the heavies too become dangerously threatening, in the guise of Capt. This spy farce is about a man who is a paid spy in Cuba during thelatter years of the Batista regime.
On the contrary, it's hard not to feel that Wormold deserves all of his undeserved good fortune, which appears to come at no cost. And even after Greene's story dispels that illusion, we still feel that his decency ought to count for something, even if his intentions were less than pure. Wormold hasn't got a clue where to start but when his friend Dr. Our Man in Havana starts out as a comedy, but the humour turns to satire and then to a very black comedy indeed. I'm not Cuban, but it was still very interesting to see the streets of Havana. Great performances by everyone involved, but Ernie Kovacks steals the spotlight as the evil Police commander. The film never has any trouble deciding what it will be, despitethe fact that some viewers seem put off by the shading of genres.
Coward does much to serve the comedy, which would be almost entirely absent without him. Anyway, the simple trick of a recently hired agent trying to save his minor reputation by inventing things right and left, and having the upper levels not see through it, is hilarious. This spy farce is about a man who is a paid spy in Cuba during the latter years of the Batista regime. Attracted by the money that secret-service work will bring, but clueless as to how to do it, Wormold Alec Guinness , a vacuum-cleaner salesman, makes up reports inspired by comic strips. Although most Americans have little knowledge of his work other thanStar Wars, Alec Guinness produced an amazing body of work--particularlyin the 1940s-1950s--ranging from dramas to quirky comedies. You feel the tension of Wormold's world in every scene.
The usual way this happens is through love or lust, but this movie has a subtler and darker theme--an amusing fantasy, in a dictatorship, turns into something seriously and horribly real. Interesting, but clearly out-dated movie. I had seen this movie as a child, but had little memory of it. Although most Americans have little knowledge of his work other than Star Wars, Alec Guinness produced an amazing body of work--particularly in the 1940s-1950s--ranging from dramas to quirky comedies. Nicholson: the simple soul who discovers, a little too late, that he has understood nothing.
. In this case, it isn't the atom bomb at hand, but the spread of communism into the colonies--though, to be fair, I don't think the word communism ever comes up. Strangelove with its wry criticism of the Cold War and government ineptness. What will it be tonight? Don't be put off by mediocre reviews that came out since its release--it's well worth your time. All you need is a little imagination.
Guinness described himself as someone who liked to put on the mask, preferring to live someone else's life in order to keep his own private. Finding one Jim Wormold Alec Guinness a British subject, running a vacuum sales shop, he enlists him to create a spy network complete with agents and code names. Fidel was still spouting histrionic rhetoric, the British government was striving to remain among the elite of world governments and the U. In Our Man inHavana Greene sets aside his usual level of introspection-made-manifestand dwells upon the absurdity of a small man with a small life that isdrawn into circumstances that quite outdistance his usual worldlysphere of experience and expectation. The movie has a comedic, but dark veneer as things begin well enough, but then become lethal. And even if we know better, it is hard not to cheer for him. I liked Ernie Kovacs as Segura, the brutal police chief; he had a nice vulgarity blended with sensitivity that worked for me.
I'm not sure, but I found myself wanting to like this movie far more than I actually did. He owns a vacuum cleaner shop but isn't very successful so he accepts an offer from Hawthorne of the British Secret Service to recruit a network of agents in Cuba. But not only does London take them seriously--so does the other side, which has cracked his code. I liked Ernie Kovacs asSegura, the brutal police chief; he had a nice vulgarity blended withsensitivity that worked for me. Our Man in Havana 1959 A lovely movie, funny and trenchant in its own way, and a precursor to Dr. Hasselbacher Burl Ives to accept all the money, privileges and perks which come with the post and just make up a network of spy and secret weapons. Guiness, alternatingbetween bewilderment and resolve paints a lovable portrait of a manpinned between a bedrock sense of duty and a stomach-emptyingrealization of being completely out of his depth.
Perhaps Guinness's own difficulty with his part contributes to this confusion. If it is secret enough, you alone know it. Coward is particularly funny as he keeps insisting that Guiness will make a great spy even though the only thing he seems to be able to produce are vacuum cleaner blueprints he passes off as bomb making instructions. The British, of course, swallow every word of this hokum, but Wormald's fraud is thrown into turmoil when a secretary Maureen O'Hara is sent over to aid his investigations. What is it about Guinness that makes it so hard to take our eyes off him? Theproblem is, he is too good at it and the lies take on a life of theirown! Some of the film is even set in Fleming's own Jamaican stomping grounds; one can imagine the creator of James Bond must have enjoyed this send-up of his work before it was a gleam in Albert Broccoli's eye. That moral crisis is never made explicit, and the movie gets sidetracked into a revenge storyline as Guinness plans the murder of another agent out to get him.