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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,...
In literature, the only good mother is a dead mother. Or maybe a dying mother. Nowhere is the Madonna/whore complex more apparent than in our culture's fictional depictions of motherhood. All too often, mothers are portrayed as either a too-good-to-be-true family matriarch or an ethically compromised woman who makes flawed—and even, at times, fatal—choices regarding her family. Sure, there are many nuanced portraits out there of maternal figures, but it's the fictional mothers who...

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