The Fallen Idol Film Still

The Fallen Idol

Carol Reed

 
The Fallen Idol (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Out of Print
  • United Kingdom
  • 1948
  • 95 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #357

The Fallen Idol was the first of three masterpieces to result from the legendary meeting of director Carol Reed and writer Graham Greene, who together would also create The Third Man and Our Man in Havana. Elegantly balancing suspense and farce, this tale of the fraught relationship between a boy and the beloved butler he suspects of murder is a delightfully macabre thriller of the first order and a visually and verbally dazzling knockout.

Cast

BainesRalph Richardson
JulieMichèle Morgan
Mrs. BainesSonia Dresdel
PhillipeBobby Henrey
Inspector CroweDenis O'Dea
Detective AmesJack Hawkins
Detective HartBernard Lee

Credits

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • A Sense of Carol Reed, a 2006 documentary featuring interviews with director Carol Reed’s friends and collaborators
  • Illustrated Reed filmography
  • Original press book
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A book featuring new essays by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien, author David Lodge, and Reed biographer Nicholas Wapshott

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

The Fallen Idol: Through a Child’s Eye, Darkly

By Geoffrey O’BrienNovember 06, 2006

The circumstances of our first encounters with movies are often as memorable as the movies . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Fallen Idol

By Howard A. RodmanDecember 22, 1992

At first blush, The Fallen Idol might seem to be an ambered treasure, duly noted in the . . . Read more »

Clippings

Greene On-screen

January 31, 2011

On the occasion of this week’s U.K. release of a new film adaptation of Graham Greene’s . . . Read more »


Greene’s Critical Moment

September 03, 2009

Around these parts, Graham Greene is best known as the brilliant British novelist who also . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Fallen Idol: Through a Child’s Eye, Darkly

By Geoffrey O’BrienNovember 06, 2006

The circumstances of our first encounters with movies are often as memorable as the movies . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Fallen Idol

By Howard A. RodmanDecember 22, 1992

At first blush, The Fallen Idol might seem to be an ambered treasure, duly noted in the . . . Read more »