REEL 13

Graham Greene on Film

Posted: December 2, 2009

The End of the Affair is one of many films based on Graham Greene’s novels.  What is your favorite film adaptation of a Graham Green novel? Examples: The Third Man, Brighton Rock, or This Gun for Hire (which is Richard Pena’s favorite!).

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  • rayban

    I’d have to go with one of his short stories, “The Basement Room”. This one became the basis of Carol Reed’s magnificent 1948 film, “The Fallen Idol”. The film is a very clever excursion into the world and mind of a child. And Reed got an unforgettable performance from 8 year-old Bobby Henrey.

  • Sam

    It’s an obvious choice, but I’ll stick with The Third Man.

  • rayban

    “The Third Man” is a film noir of the highest possible order.

  • Brenda

    The Fugitive, directed by John Ford. Delores Del Rio and Henry Fonda play the lead roles.

    You have a split infinitive in “Your Privacy Matters.”

  • Edlibrarian

    “The Third Man” is my second favorite film, affter “Citizen Kane”. What can I say?

    It was a long time, but I also have a vague, but fond memory of the ’70s tv compilation, “Shades of Greene”.

  • Victor

    I am a filmmaker and I am disappointed and horrified that Reel 13 continues to show films in the incorrect aspect ratio. It is disrespectful to the artists that made the films. Isn’t PBS supposed to be a temple to the arts? How can it be that Reel 13 allows this, especially with Richard Pena at the helm? He could not possibly be condoning this practice. It is bad enough that we have to suffer through John Tesh, Monica Mancini and Golden Oldies specials filling your airtime when there is so much great art, performance and film being made in the USA that PBS refuses to air but this aspect ratio issue is just too much! Also, tonight’s broadcast of “End of the Affair” was not only in the wrong aspect ration, but it looked like it was being broadcast from a DVD judging from the digital artifacts.

  • rayban

    And how about showing “West Side Story”, which was shot in Super Panavision 70, in simple “full screen”. The only way that you could do irreparable damage to the enduring reputation of this superb musical. I put the blame solely on the shoulders of Neil Gabler, who should know better, but doesn’t obviously care.

  • Nikki

    “The Power and the Glory” with Laurence Olivier, Julie Harris and George C. Scott; and “Our Man In Havana” with Alec Guinness.

  • rayban

    If I’m remembering correctly, Carol Reed and Graham Greene collaborated three times – “The Fallen Idol”, The Third Man” and “Our Man in Havana. I think very highly of the first two collaborations, but I don’t particularly care for “Our Man in Havana”.

  • Nikki

    During the cold war, with enemy secrets flying back and forth across borders, and the Fuller Brush Man selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door, using that ubiquitous item shone a humorous light on the fears many had from stories of spies under every bed and behind every door. We needed a laugh in those days, and whether it was a great film or merely a good one, it was a needed film. Comedy, consciously or unconsciously, gets the short-shift a lot of times because drama is considered better by the mere fact that it’s “drama.” I think a good category to ask people about would be “important” comedies.

  • rayban

    Yes, Nikki, “important” comedies would be a great category – and we could start off with Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”.