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The Fallen Idol (1948) Directed by Carol Reed The Fallen Idol is the offspring of that exotic animal: a happy writer/director partnership. Graham Greene reworked his 1936 short story “The Basement Room” into a screenplay (with some additional dialogue by Lesley Storm and William Templeton); the following year, Greene & Reed would go on to make The Third Man. Cinematographer Georges Périnal is responsible for all those shots of a little blonde boy careening up,...
Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet May 6-June 6 at MoMA When one begins talking about Straub-Huillet, one could easily start with individual films. Not Reconciled (1965) is a masterwork, and so is Class Relations (1983). The world would be poorer without the riches of These Encounters of Theirs (2005). The extended musical passages contained in The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1967), Moses and Aaron (1974), and La Madre (2011) can bring transcendent lift to...

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