Thursday, July 31, 2014

little fugitive

The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed, 1948)

Reed never misses an opportunity to place Phillipe, his young protagonist, behind bars. Many examples are obvious, but a few only appear through the film's creative dissolves. Others are merely suggestive: a headboard, the back of a chair (and a barred window behind it). French doors even evoke an opened prison cell, and the bars of a window pane in another room mark Philipe's way to the fire escape. (Reed—or probably Graham Greene, who wrote the short story and screenplay—is right to suggest that all unstable households feel like they're ablaze when you're young.)

Youth on the run. (Note the shadows on the floor.)

1 comment:

Tyler said...

"Phillipe, the main character, unfortunately hasn't learned this yet."


I love this film (just watched it again the other day after not having seen it for a few years). Bobby Henrey's acting (Phillipe) is the main pull for me. A great film that would be a masterpiece if 80-90% of the music were cut.