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The Heart Of The Matter [DVD] 
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A faithful adaptation of the Graham Greene novel starring Trevor Howard as Scobie, an assistant police commissioner posted in Sierra Leone in World War 2. Exploring familiar Greene themes such as religion and work politics, the film co-stars Elizabeth Allan and Maria Schell as the wronged wife and the hard done by mistress.
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Top Customer Reviews
The Optimum DVD from Great Britain is a nice, solid transfer.
The black and white film at it's best, where the narrative and the acting tell a story with authentic mood and the depth of character the writer creates in the book. "Heart of the Matter" is a study of personal interioral conflicts and finally the unbearable anguish of a difficult marriage that does not end happily.
The pressures of colonial life and the mental and geographical isolation that some officers and officials experienced are enacted by Howard with an uncomfortable realism, so that at the end of the film, even knowing the outcome the tragedy still has an impact.
the two romances develop in a believable way
the last half hour about roman catholic conscience seems ridiculous in this day and age
but greene on the way provides nuggets of wisdom
'loving someone gives people power over you '
perhaps terrorists do not love or care as they know the peril of loving
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Never read the book but knowing a bit about Greene it seems a very serious nuanced film which successfully and maturely in its 100 minutes or so manages to do justice to some of... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Mario
Watching these old films makes you realise how far film making has come. The script is bad, the acting wooden and the settings like stages. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2014 by J. A. West
I have watched most of Howard's films and like some have said he was always an under-rated actor. A number of his other films in my opinion were better but this is still a good... Read morePublished on 24 Oct. 2013 by Orlando
Having read the book prior to ordering this DVD, and having read that this is one Trevor Howard's finest performances, I was somewhat surprised as to the differences between the... Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2013 by Paul Schauerman
A superb stoty by G Greene
The priest: (The dying that I am here for; they send for me when they are dying . Read more
excellent acting and well edited but i was disappointed the ending was changed; the characterisation was very good on the wholePublished on 26 Jan. 2013 by mart1n