The Heart Of The Matter details
|Starring:||Elizabeth Allen, Trevor Howard, Denholm Elliott, Maria Schell|
|Director:||George More O'Ferrall|
The Heart Of The Matter
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Sep 2006|
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Morality TaleBy Ivor Browne from Derry City, N Ireland , 18 Feb 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]I first saw this movie many years ago on television but it was Trevor Howard's performance as the Police Officer in an African colony that stuck with me. It was a curious subject for a commercial movie back in 1953 and odd that it should appear on DVD. Based on the Graham Greene story, Howard has an affair with the lovely Maria Schell while his wife, Elizabeth Allan, is away and is torn by his religious beliefs and his duty which is compromised. Young actors such as Peter Finch and Denholm Elliott make appearances. Filmed in Sierra Leone, one can almost feel the claustrophobic heat and humidity.
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Catholic GuiltBy a customer , 17 Nov 2013I liked the acting, particularly Trevor Howard,as the guilt-ridden Scobie - an interesting character and fundamentally a good man who is defeated by the torments caused by his Catholic faith. The cinematography of West Africa was superb and some of the film sequences were really exciting and authentic. I also like the B/W film because I think it is subtle and creates atmosphere and wonderful realist landscapes and portraits of character. I didn't like some of the casting e. g. the actress who played Scobie's mistress whom I found childish and melodramatic. Was she l like this in the book? Despite Halliwell's 1* rating, I give it 4*
Good Story Fair FilmBy Cato (772 reviews) from Lydbury North , 12 Aug 2013A serious Catholic tale wherein Trevor Howard is caught between a miserable marriage and the new young woman who appears off the rescue boat in Sierra Leone, where he is a policeman. It's a good Graham Greene story which works fairly well as a film, but there is a natural feeling that it will all end up badly. Howard gives his ever stoic performance, quintessentially British as always.
An interesting disasterBy AB from Brighton, England , 19 Oct 2009'The Heart of the Matter' is often said to be Graham Greene's finest novel - so it is something of a mystery to know why the film is so rarely seen. After all, 'The Third Man' and 'Our Man in Havana' were pretty excellent. So : I read the novel again and watched the film. It's a complete disaster. But a very good lesson to anyone who wonders the purpose of the film director. The actors are completely adrift - it's almost amateur! (I can, however, recommend the original novel.)
Good tensionBy Pinkmat (205 reviews) from Exeter , 03 Aug 2009This film is full of tension from beginning to end. It's a film of its time with good old British stiff upper lip middle class people running colonies. As always, Graham Greene brings in his own conflict with religion. It might be a bit dated but still worth a watch.
Heart of the matterBy uhygtiuplkuh (28 reviews) from Eastbourne , 09 Jun 2009Trevor Howard almost made for the part of Scobie. A fabulous piece of old style film making about colonial power as it might once have been. The only real disappointment was the change in the ending compared to the book, even if it was the same outcome. Why do that ? It was an anti-climax, as if they ran out of money & couldn't afford to go on a day longer.
Obviously the book's ending was too repugnant to show to a public audience.