Carol Reed x 3

Carol Reed x 3

4 Episodes

In the late 1940s, Carol Reed achieved international renown with a trio of masterpieces that rank among the greatest back-to-back-to-back triumphs in film history. Beginning with the shadow-etched noir ODD MAN OUT, Reed established what would become the hallmarks of his best work: striking chiaroscuro compositions, memorable performances, and masterful suspense set pieces. With the exquisite child’s-eye thriller THE FALLEN IDOL, Reed began a fruitful partnership with writer Graham Greene that would go on to yield THE THIRD MAN, a film that packs more iconic moments into 104 minutes than most directors manage in an entire career. This remarkable one-two-three punch is presented alongside the documentary A SENSE OF CAROL REED, which offers insight into the life and work of the famously private director.

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Carol Reed x 3
  • A Sense of Carol Reed

    Episode 1

    This documentary, made in 2006, traces the life and work of Carol Reed through archival footage and interviews with directors John Boorman, Guy Hamilton, and Bryan Forbes; cinematographer Oswald Morris; actor Ron Moody; and friend Ben Harrison.

  • Odd Man Out

    Episode 2

    Directed by Carol Reed • 1947 • United Kingdom

    Taking place largely over the course of one tense night, Carol Reed's psychological noir, set in an unnamed Belfast, stars James Mason as a revolutionary ex-con leading a robbery that goes horribly wrong. Injured and hunted by the police, he seeks...

  • The Fallen Idol

    Episode 3

    Directed by Carol Reed • 1948 • United Kingdom
    Starring Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan

    THE FALLEN IDOL was the first of three masterpieces to result from the legendary meeting of director Carol Reed and writer Graham Greene, who together would also create THE THIRD MAN and OUR MAN IN HAVANA...

  • The Third Man

    Episode 4

    Directed by Carol Reed • 1949 • United Kingdom
    Starring Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Alida Valli

    Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime—and thus begins this l...