The Fallen Idol (1948)
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Policeman: "Does your father work at the embassy?"
Philippe: "No. He's ambassador."
Rose (the prostitute): "Oh! I know your daddy!"
Absolutely brilliant little film. I can't think of a single thing I'd change in it. Director Reed makes the most out of the slightest details and mixes dread with humor with a skill that rivals Hitchcock's. The bewildering sensations of childhood have never been so honestly and accurately portrayed. After loving this and The Third Man, I'm making it a mission to watch more of Reed's work.
Wow, amazing film. I can't believe this isn't on more lists. The child actor is fantastic, and his confusion poignant and engaging. And lots of great Hitchcockian suspense.
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This movie ranks #48 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
This movie ranks #241 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #309 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #360 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #379 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #411 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #545 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films