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on 8 April 2002
Released in 1948 Carol Reed's adaption of the Graham Greene short story 'The Basement Room' is probarbly (along with 'Odd Man Out') his best film. It tells the story of Fellipe a young boy who idolizes the household servant Baines and how he reacts when he believes Baines guilty of murdering his wife. Told mainly from the point of view of the boy the film makes great use of swish camera movements and dramatic lighting not to mention standout performances especially from Ralph Richardson who is superb as Baines and young Bobby Henrey as the nervous Fellipe. Reed became noted for his intelligent direction of children after this film and this would be cemented later with films like 'A Kid For Two Farthings' and 'Oliver!'. This intoxicating but delicate thriller deservedly won the Best British Film award at the second ever BAFTA ceremony in 1948 whilst Reed was named Best Director by the New York Film Critics.
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