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Graham Greene
Writer, The Third Man (1949)
It bears the usual foreign trademarks, over-elaborated to the point of being a monsterpiece. The Third Man's murky, familiar mood springs chiefly from Graham Greene's script, which proves again that he is an uncinematic snob who has robbed the early Hitchcock of everything but his genius. Greene's story is like a wheel-less freight train.
(Manny Farber, Nation)
Writer, The Comedians (1967)
In The Comedians, the second-rate novelist Graham Greene is abetted by the second-rate scenarist of the same name, and the potentially electrifying story of love and death in dictator-ridden Haiti comes to standard melodrama gussied up with mumblings about "lost Faith". Surely there is enough religious and literary bad faith in Greene to qualify him as our era's number one unfrocked Proust. Add to this Peter Glenville's politely effete direction with the camera, for greater safety, mounted on a snail's back, and performances well, these deserve to be preserved in alcohol and exhibited alongside of two-headed calves and dogs that would not come unstuck.
(John Simon, National Review)
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