Happy Birthday Alec Guinness 2nd April 1914 - 5th August 2000
An actor is usually no more than an assortment of odds and ends which barely add up to a whole person. An actor is an interpreter of other men’s words, often a soul which wishes to reveal itself to the world but dare not, a craftsman, a bag of tricks, a vanity bag, a cool observer of mankind, a child, and at his best a kind of unfrocked priest who, for an hour or two, can call on heaven and hell to mesmerise a group of innocents.
In this May 12, 1959, Ernest Hemingway, left, speaks with actor Alec Guinness, center, and Noel Coward during the making of Carol Reed’s film version of “Our Man in Havana,” based on Graham Greene’s best seller, in Havana, Cuba.
Graham Greene was born on this day in 1904. To celebrate, we are pleased to share our Vintage Greene series in its entirety. A total of 29 covers were created with photographer Tim Hetherington, beginning back in 2004 to coincide with Greene’s centenary and concluding this year with Reflections and Collected Essays.
I don’t care a damn about men who are loyal to the people who pay them, to organizations…I don’t think even my country means all that much. There are many countries in our blood, aren’t there, but only one person. Would the world be in the mess it is if we were loyal to love and not to countries?
Childhood was the germ of all mistrust. You were cruelly joked upon and then you cruelly joked. You lost the remebrance of pain through inflicting it. But somehow, through no virtue of his own, he had never taken that course. Lack of character perhaps. Schools were said to construct character by chipping off the edges. His edges had been chipped, but the result had not, he thought, been character - only shapelessness, like an exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art.