The Fallen Idol

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Released 1948

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Director:
Carol Reed
Released:
1948
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A butler working in the French embassy in London falls under suspicion when his wife accidentally falls to her death, the only witness being an impressionable young boy who idolizes the butler.

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  • 100

    Washington Post Ann Hornaday

    This is an example of a writer and director working in perfect harness, with Reed smoothly ratcheting up the story's suspense and Greene speculating on his cardinal theme of moral ...

  • 88

    Boston Globe Ty Burr

    Formally, the movie's a lasting pleasure: Reed's incisive direction; Greene's easy yet weighted dialogue; the farseeing deep-focus photography of Georges Perinal; Vincent Korda's l...

  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Beautifully shot by the French cinematographer Georges Périnal (whose credits include Cocteau's "Blood of a Poet"), the film soon evolves from a claustrophobic domestic affair int...

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    Drama, Suspense

    Themes

    British Mystery Theater, Classics, Murder & Mayhem