The Fallen Idol (1949)
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Adapted from the Graham Greene story The Basement Room, director Carol Reed's The Fallen Idol is told almost completely from a child's eye view-but it isn't a children's story. Young Bobby Henrey idolizes household butler Ralph Richardson. Therefore, when it seems as though Richardson might be implicated in a murder, Bobby does his best to throw the police off the track. The boy succeeds only in casting even more suspicion upon Richardson. As the story progresses, Henrey's hero worship is eroded
Nov 15, 1949 Limited
Nov 7, 2006
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Masterful 1948 suspense thriller.
As a portrait of the sometime destructiveness of innocence and as a sharp fresco of post-war Britain, this movie is a little masterpiece, an idol that has never fallen.
It's a masterful and unsentimental child's-eye view of the cold, hard adult world.
An indelible portrait of childhood's confusions, disillusionments and inevitable lost innocence.
Remains one of those classics that makes you thankful you haven't seen them all.
... one of the great films of innocence lost and a powerful portrait of the powerlessness of children in the adult world, where they are so often ignored or discounted.
It's a gripping mystery story involving adult secrets, childhood lies and betrayal as part of the human equation.
separates itself from what would otherwise be a rather rote drama/thriller.
Watching The Fallen Idol is like setting off one of those milelong mazes of dominoes, with ramps and loop-de-loops and sheer drops. First, every element is ingeniously set up; then, everything falls into place.
Many themes are tragic, but Fallen Idol also extols the resilience of innocence.
This earlier pairing between the two masters is another well-crafted and thought-provoking film. And it makes you wish that Reed and Greene had teamed for more than just three films.
Reed and Greene build unbearable tension, with the nifty trick of showing events both as they happen and as little Philippe interprets (and occasionally misinterprets) them.
A superbly subtle thriller that represents director Carol Reed and British Tradition of Quality (in black and white) at their very best. It's hard to think of another tale that captures a child's awakening disillusionment in a more perceptive way.
A gripping film which, despite the annoying rugrat, demonstrates how part of leaving childhood behind is learning how and when to lie, and to do it well.
The Fallen Idol has a good dose of Hitchcockian spice, with its patient set-up, tense details and slanted angles
...while many elements of The Third Man do feel more Welles-ish than Reed-y, some of those very qualities can be detected in The Fallen Idol as well, particularly in the middle third of the film.
Audience Reviews for The Fallen Idol
- Julie: I'm only going because it's not possible to stay.
- Baines: Things happen, things change.
- Julie: People don't change.
- Felipe: But why did you leave Africa?
- Baines: Why, oh, get married you know.
- Felipe: Wasn't there anybody to marry out there in Africa?
- Baines: Ah yes, plenty, but they weren't white.
- Felipe: Must they be white?
- Baines: Um, hmmmm.
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