The Prisoner 04/20/19

Arrow Academy

Alec Guinness transfers an acting challenge from the stage to the screen, in this account of a Cardinal forced to knuckle under to a Communist regime — instead of extracting a confession with torture, Jack Hawkins’ Inquisitor uses psychology to find his prisoner’s weakness. The picture is uneven but its key performances are choice, with a special assist from Wilfrid Lawson as a jailer. It’s Guinness’s second appearance as a priest in two years — just prior to his drama, he played the title role in Father Brown, Detective. On Blu-ray from Arrow Academy.