70 Great Directors: Carol Reed

“To be any good to a director an actor must either be wonderful, or know nothing about acting. A little knowledge–that’s what is bad.”


What Got This Director Here?
: The Third Man.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: The Third Man.

What Did I Watch: The Fallen Idol.

Where Does He Fit: Carol Reed’s brief “fun” phase before he became incompetent seems like a rich period, and it is a shame that he could not sustain it. Ralph Richardson is the star as the butler with a secret, but Bobby Henrey gives a surprisingly good performance despite being very young and fitting into the child archetypes of the period. The perception is played with in cheeky fashion, with touches of that nightmare hospital scene from The Third Man in how everything gets revealed to us so that we cannot get too sympathetic to one character. An odd movie from a modern perspective, but a very good one.

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Most Valuable Asset: Shadowy suspense.
Most Excited For: Odd Man Out.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes, but too high if his later track record is any indicator.

Coming Up Next: X.

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