The Fallen Idol

Drama | English | 95 minutes


Phillipe is the young son of a diplomat living in a large mansion. Phillipe is entertained by Baines, the household butler, who regales Phillipe with made-up stories of his foreign adventures. Also working in the household is Mrs. Baines, a bitter woman who treats Phillipe badly. Accidentally, Phillipe discovers that Baines is having an affair with a lovely French woman, Julie. Mr. Baines asks Phillipe to keep this affair a secret. Inevitably, Mrs. Baines finds out about the affair and a confrontation takes place. In trying to protect Baines, Phillipe finds he only makes things worse.    

Ralph Richardson (Baines) / Sonia Dresdel (Mrs. Baines) / Michéle Morgan (Julie) / Bobby Henrey (Philipe)
Why Stream This Film?
 Film critic William Arnold wrote, “Cinema doesn’t get much better than THE FALLEN IDOL.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Metacritic Score: 88
  • 75th Venice Film Festival, Winner, Golden Lion
  • Ten Academy Award Nominations. Winner: Best Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Cinematographer (Alfonso Cuarón)
  • Festivals: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York
  • Best Film of 2018: Time Magazine and The New York Film Critics Circle
THE FALLEN IDOL, impeccable construction, keen psychological acuity, and moral complexity are the hallmarks of Carol Reed’s films from this period. In THE FALLEN IDOL a terrific amount of emotional tension is added to the mix, a sense of possible impending doom that bespeaks a movie that knows what it’s about.
Kenneth Turan

Los Angeles Times

Anyone who needs to be reminded how great  movies used to be should hustle on down to the cinema this week to catch  the British classic, THE FALLEN IDOL.
William Arnold

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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