New digital restoration! Film Series : Brit Noir

The Fallen Idol

1948, Carol Reed, UK, 94 min. With Ralph Richardson, Bobby Henrey.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 18th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 19th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 23rd 6:00pm

“A knockout…one of the great films about looking, about perspective, about the way we watch and interpret not just film plots but each other.” — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Author Graham Greene, who adapted the screenplay from his own short story, considered THE FALLEN IDOL the best of the films he wrote, even better than the celebrated THE THIRD MAN, and more and more critics have come to share that opinion. This gripping psychological thriller centers on the relationship between eight-year-old Philippe (Henrey, remarkable in his only film appearance), son of a European ambassador in London, and Baines (Richardson, subtle and brilliant), the suave butler whom the boy idolizes. Yoked to a shrewish wife, Baines is carrying on a furtive relationship with a younger woman (Michèle Morgan), and Philippe, witnessing but not understanding, is drawn into an adult world of secrets and lies that engulfs him when Baines’s deception has deadly consequences. Director Reed and cinematographer Georges Périnal make especially effective use of the ambassadorial mansion, turning it into a vast theater that both motivates and misleads the boy’s imagination. New 2K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

NOVEMBER 18: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by J. R. Jones, lead film critic for the Chicago Reader and author of The Lives of Robert Ryan.

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first "Brit Noir" film on any Saturday in November, and get a ticket for the second "Brit Noir" film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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