When Rialto Pictures mounted a stateside theatrical reissue of THE FALLEN IDOL in 2006, it was hailed as a neglected classic. Today it feels a bit less neglected, and perhaps a bit less of a classic, too. It doesn’t feel as fresh as Ted Tetzlaff’s contemporaneous B-noir thriller THE WINDOW, which also stars a young Bobby (Driscoll) as a boy who suspects he holds the key to a household murder… Its virtues lie not in its narrative ingenuity, but in its emotional intensity and its precisely judged details.
Kyle A. Westphal
November 18, 2016