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Carol Reed’s Fallen Idol [Nov. 18th, 2004|12:39 pm]
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Carol Reed’s “Fallen Idol", made at about the same time (in fact 1948) as "The Third Man", has been completely overshadowed by that film. It’s a very different type of film, whereas "The Third
Man" deals with big themes "Fallen Idol" is what I call a "little
film" - a fairly low-key film that doesn't try to redefine the nature of cinema or explain the meaning of life, but simply deals with small-scale human dilemmas sensitively and intelligently. The visual style is less spectacular, but it's still clearly the work of a director with a great visual flair. And if you're not sure why Ralph Richardson was considered a great actor, you need to see this movie.

It could be described as a "coming-of-age" movie, but whereas in American cinema that almost invariably means a self-indulgent wallow in cheap sentimentality, there's no cheap sentimentality here.

Like “The Third Man” it boasts a screenplay by Graham Greene. Not a great movie perhaps, but a very good one and a very under-rated one.