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A Kid for Two Farthings
Directed by Carol Reed • 1955 • United Kingdom
Starring Jonathan Ashmore, Celia Johnson, Diana Dors
Set against a rich evocation of postwar London’s East End Jewish quarter, Carol Reed’s touchingly bittersweet Technicolor fable concerns a young boy (Jonathan Ashmore) who comes into possession of a curiously-horned goat he believes to be a unicorn with the power to grant wishes. And then, miraculously, the dreams of those around him really do seem to come true . . . Mixing poetic neorealism with child’s-eye fantasy, Reed crafts a delicately moving ode to the power of belief.