The fallen idol 1948 full movie

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The Third Man & The Fallen Idol by Graham Greene

The Vintage Classics features the two brilliant stories!

The edition I read had an introduction by Ian Thompson. This introduction is insightful but it revealed the plot and climax of both the stories as did the respective prefaces by the author, so I strongly suggest that you come back to these after reading the stories.

The Third Man
The Third Man was not supposed to be published as a book; Greene wanted to write a screenplay for a movie. The author wrote the story to create characterization, mood and atmosphere before he got to the screenplay. In the preface Greene mentions that the movie is actually better than the story.

The story is narrated by Col. Calloway of the British security police posted in Vienna. He is a pretty decent man.

Rollo Martins – writer of cheap westerns, almost a pauper, a harmless drunk with some women problems but overall a good man arrives at post WWII Vienna on the invitation of his childhood hero and friend Harry Lime.

Greene’s depiction of Vienna – dreary, destroyed and as an occupied territory is indeed praiseworthy and the author’s skill in using the elements of weather to convey meaning is also wonderful.

Needless to say, the writing is excellent and the characterization is brilliant. I liked the way the character of Martins is influenced by Rollo and Martins.

Rollo Martins arrives at Vienna to find that his hero, Harry has died in an accident and also learns that he might have been involved in some racketeering. Determined to know what had happened to his friend, Martins continues to investigate Harry’s death and as expected people die such that certain secrets are not revealed.

Human beings can do anything to further their vested interests. Do we really know a person whom we regard as our friend! Conflict between justice & morality on one hand and friendship on the other is brilliantly portrayed. Like most of his novels, the author’s Catholic belief also makes an appearance in the story.

The suspense would keep you turning the pages, some of the dialogues would strike a chord and the climax, in my humble opinion the most satisfying. The mood of the novel is dark and dreary, but a case of mistaken identity would provide some light-hearted moments as well.

I would recommend this story to lovers of mystery and suspense.

The story appears in both the lists of top 100 crime novels published by the British-based Crime Writers Association and the Mystery Writers of America in the nineteen nineties. The lists can be found here - Link

The Fallen Idol

It is s short and dark story about the destruction of a child’s innocence. The traumatic events would keep haunting him years later until his very last breath.

Master Phillips is a little boy who has been left in the care of the family butler Mr. Baines and his wife, while his parents are out enjoying a vacation.

Mr. Baines is a decent man, he is kind to Phillips and is in turn loved by the child. Mrs. Baines is a different person altogether – sour and unpleasant, domineering and yet servile when she wants to be.

Poor Phillips gets caught up in the world of adults where lies and deception are normal. Certain events terrify Phillips and he desperately wants to withdraw from the world of adults. His predicament – running away from home, crying on the roads, his desperate desire to be rescued by the police and his insistence that a “male” constable should escort him home as his child’s mind believed that only a policeman could “impress” the formidable Mrs. Baines – would strike a chord.
Even in such a dreary setting, Greene’s description of a policeman is sort of humorous – not the laugh out loud type but somewhat subtle, and it bears testimony to the author’s wit.

I won’t elaborate more as I don’t want to give away the plot.

I don’t know if my review has done justice to this brilliant story, but if you like chilling stories then please give it a reading.

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'The Fallen Idol'

T here are many significant differences between the film The Fallen Idol and the short story on which it was based, "The Basement Room", although Graham Greene wrote both story and screenplay. The creative input of the film's director, Carol Reed, was crucial, as Greene warmly acknowledged, but he recognised at the outset that the structure and import of his story would need to be radically changed to make a successful film. Usually, writers who adapt their own work are more protective of the integrity of their original texts, and if they allow others to take over the task of adaptation they are often bitterly disappointed by the end result. Greene had cause to complain about the liberties Hollywood studios took with several of his novels, notably The Power and the Glory and The Quiet American. The Fallen Idol was a model of what the development of a movie should be, but very seldom is: a close collaboration between a writer and a director who enjoyed complete rapport, supported by a producer Alexander Korda who did not interfere with the creative process. The Fallen Idol was Greene's favourite among the films he wrote; he preferred it even to The Third Man , also made in collaboration with Reed, because "it was more, I felt, a writer's film, and The Third Man more a director's film".

Inspector Crowe ; Walter Fitzgerald Dr. Fenton ; Dora Bryan Rose. The young son of a foreign ambassador becomes convinced that his best friend, the family butler, has murdered his wife, and unsuccessfully tries to protect him from the police. The Fallen Idol d. Carol Reed, brilliantly evokes the transition from pre-pubescent childhood to adolescence.

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The film is told through the naive eyes of a diplomat's young son, Philippe, who idolises his father's butler, Baines. - Instead, a long, meandering gap appears between youth and adulthood that varies depending upon an infinite array of personal, social and even economic factors. Based on a short story by Graham Greene, the film follows one of these very particular moments when the worry-free world of a child becomes marked by the oncoming reality of adulthood with all of its contradictions and hypocrisies.



  1. Houneperddi1997 says:

    For a brief but dazzling period, from through , Carol Reed was the director of the moment in the English-speaking world.

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