Inside a two-year period, Carol Reed made Odd Man Out and The Third Man. Reed wasn’t just on a roll, he was on fire. Somehow though, The Fallen Idol has always been the Cinderella title among this esteemed trio, perhaps lacking the pulse-quickening spectacle or thrilling baroque visuals of the other two. However, the current carefully restored release makes a strong case that this story… remains the most perfect jewel in Reed’s entire filmography.
November 27, 2015