(Las últimas vacaciones)
(GB, 1950) [B/N, 88 m.].
Dirección: Henry Cass.
Guión: J.B. Priestley
Fotografía: Ray Elton.
Música: Francis Chagrin.
Producción: Stephen Mitchell, A.D. Peters, J.B. Priestley
Productora: Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC) / Watergate Films.
Sinopsis: Sabiendo que le queda poco tiempo de vida, el hombre de negocios George Bird, decide disfrutar de sus últimos meses lo máximo que pueda. Extrae todos sus ahorros del banco y decide irse a un hotel de alto nivel, donde abrirá mas puertas profesionales que nunca gracias a su predisposición a tomar riesgos, ya que no teme perderlo todo.
AMG Sinopsis: Informed that he has only a short time to live, salesman Alec Guinness decides to enjoy his last months to the fullest. He withdraws all his savings from the bank and heads to a posh hotel. Here he makes more contacts and opens more professional doors than he'd ever done before, thanks to his willingness--at long last--to take risks. He also spends every penny that he's earned in life. Then he discovers that the doctor's diagnosis was in error, and that he's in no danger of imminent death. An ironic ending caps this fast-paced black comedy. Last Holiday was co-written and co-produced by J. B. Priestly, author of many other "if I had to do it all over again" pieces, notably An Inspector Calls.
AMG Review: Like the earlier Nothing Sacred, Last Holiday deals with a person who has been misdiagnosed with a fatal disease and opts to go out with a bang. Unlike Sacred, however, the misdiagnosis does not get cleared up until late in the film; more importantly, while Holiday is definitely a comedy, there's a palpable undercurrent of melancholy, sadness and regret that gives it a unique and appealing flavor. Like much of screenwriter J.B. Priestley's work, the script is somewhat too schematic and the structure is not always as well disguised as one might wish. This is especially true when the film reaches it ironic ending; however, over all, it works well. It's also a plus that the author's political views are presented in a fairly understated manner, adding rather than detracting from the proceedings. Holiday's biggest asset is its star. Alec Guinness gives another of his well-drawn, acutely observed performances that combine a naturalness with an awareness of pacing, theme and the need for a star performance to hold a picture together. He is well supported by the sympathy-rousing Kay Walsh, who melds both vulnerability and a crusty shell very effectively. Guinness would follow the quite-good-but-not-great Holiday with a series of superior films, including The Man in the White Suit.
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