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5.0 out of 5 stars Archetypal child's view thriller made with such style by a classic partnerhip, 26 July 2008
This review is from: The Fallen Idol [DVD] [1948] (DVD)
Much imitated child's view thriller that involves the viewer all the way. Has echoes of The Third Man, the next movie by this writer director team, about it, in terms of style and photography. Reed tries out those distinctive camera angles to very good effect here, and the set is brilliantly used - height - without giving too much away is emphasised to great effect, by using the set and some clever camera angles. This is another of those films that just looks made for black and white and shows it once again to be a potentially very arty medium to work in. Lovely camera work and direction and then we have the screenplay by GG. Very fine indeed, subtle as ever while having tremendous style and great impact where it's needed. The little touches of wry humour give real character to this film and help make it a class above the run of the mill features of the period. It feels quite small and neat and even modest in its remit, but this is a perfect match for the effect the film makers want this to achieve - it is a film about the small world of a child, and how his views are totally dictated by those things he knows he saw and heard - of course without understanding the larger ways of the adult world. It is handled beautifully, it is not too ambitious or expansive and focuses just on what it needs to, to get the result it's after. Simple but clever, and RR shines with a performance full of his trademark charisma. Has to be one of the ten best British movies ever made, and I can think of only a few others that would be as helpful to a film making student for learning their craft. A true classic it is.
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