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The Fallen Idol


Bobby Henrey, Ralph Richardson, Sonia Dresdel, Michèle Morgan,

The New Yorker’s Anthony Lane called The Fallen Idol “the most tightly drawn of all” the collaborations between writer Graham Greene and director Carol Reed. Lane writes, “Ralph Richardson plays Baines, the butler at a foreign embassy in London. The ambassador has gone away, leaving his young son, Philippe (Bobby Henrey), in the care of Baines and the hectoring Mrs. Baines (Sonia Dresdel). The plot, deft and quick, is rich in secrets. . . . As a study of the child who sees but cannot fully understand, the movie reaches back to Henry James’s What Maisie Knew, and as an introduction to the clammy grip of Greene it remains unsurpassed.”

  • Graham Greene
  • Georges Périnal
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 92 mins
  • Rialto Pictures

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Idol worship (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 2004

Revivals in focus -- excerpt (review), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1986

Alexander Korda (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), Karol Kulik, 1976

The fallen idol (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, C. A. Lejeune, 1971

The films of Sir Alexander Korda (flyer), Regency Theatre

Visual tropes: an analysis of The fallen idol (article), Style, Stuart Y. McDougal

The fallen idol (program note)

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