Stunning cinematography (which won Robert Krasker an Oscar) and a truly memorable soundtrack are the stand outs in this British black and white classic. The film is, however, somewhat dated – the ‘clipped’ dialogue is far from natural leaving character development unresolved.
It’s hard to believe that director (Sir) Carol Reed, with such films as The Third Man, Odd Man Out and The Fallen Idol went on to direct such tosh as the Oscar-winning Oliver! and The Agony and the Ecstasy.
(Screened as part of the Great British Film Fest at Nova Cinemas in Melbourne)