Carol Reed

By Peter William Evans

Carol Reed

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6367-1
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: June 2005
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film scripts & screenplays, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, Film and Media
  • Series: British Film-Makers


Carol Reed is one of the truly outstanding directors of British cinema, and one whose work is long overdue for reconsideration. This major study ranges over Reed's entire career, combining observation of general trends and patterns with detailed analysis of twenty films, both acknowledged masterpieces and lesser-known works.

Evans avoids a simplistic auteurist approach, placing the films in their autobiographical, socio-political and cultural contexts and relating these to the analysis of Reed's art. The critical approach combines psychoanalysis, gender theory, and the analysis of form. Archival research is also relied on to clarify Reed's relations with his creative team, financial backers and others.

Films examined include Bank Holiday, A Girl Must Live, Odd Man Out, The Fallen Idol, The Third Man, Night Train to Munich, The Way Ahead, Outcast of the Islands, Trapeze and Oliver!.


Series Editors' Foreword
1. Introduction
2. Early days: Girls in the news. 'Bank Holiday' (1938), 'A Girl Must Live' (1939), 'Climbing High' (1938)
3. The 1940s: Love and death. 'The Stars Look Down' (1940), 'Night Train to Munich' (1940), 'Kipps' (1941), 'The Way Ahead' (1944), 'Odd Man Out' (1947)
4. Hearts of the matter: The Graham Greene films. 'The Fallen Idol' (1948), 'The Third Man' (1949), 'Our Man in Havana' (1959)
5. The 1950s and characters in-between. 'Outcast of the Islands' (1952), 'The Man Between' (1953), 'A Kid for Two Farthings' (1959)
6. An Englishman abroad. 'The Key' (1958), 'The Running Man' (1963), 'The Agony and the Ecstasy' (1965), 'Trapeze' (1956)
7. The last hurrah. 'Oliver!' (1968)
8. Conclusion


Peter William Evans teaches Film at Queen Mary, University of London

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