The Heart of the Matter

1953

Drama

114
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 422

Synopsis


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Cast

Denholm Elliott as Wilson
Michael Hordern as Commissioner
Peter Finch as Father Rank
Trevor Howard as Harry Scobie
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762.5 MB
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23.976 fps
100 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bkoganbing 6 / 10 / 10

Guilt with a capital G

After watching The Heart Of The Matter for all the exotic atmosphere of a film set in Sierra Leone during World War II what the film boils down to essentially is a Catholic soap opera. Which would follow since it is based on a Graham Greene novel. Had lead character Trevor Howard not been Catholic, would this story had even occurred. Howard gives a capable performance of a British colonial policeman who is stationed in Sierra Leone caught up in a mid life crisis. He's fallen out of love with wife Elizabeth Allan whom he sends away on money borrowed from a man who the authorities suspect of smuggling, an offensive looked at even more during wartime. He also embarks on an affair with Maria Schell, an Austrian refugee who were others had been on a life raft for 40 days at sea after Allan has been sent away. That and the fact that he now has the appearance of impropriety has his superiors questioning him after accusations were brought by another civilian Denholm Elliott. Nothing like Catholic guilt. His theological musings with Father Peter Finch bring him no solace. Howard's troubles are big, but he's his own harshest judge as per his religion. Although The Heart Of The Matter was well received and it is a well acted story, it hasn't aged well in the past 60 years since it first came out. If anything it's one serious argument against Catholicism should one be considering converting.

Reviewed by blanche-2 5 / 10 / 10

A brilliant performance in a thought-provoking film

Trevor Howard is a policeman who tries to get to "The Heart of the Matter" in this 1953 film based on the Graham Greene novel. It also stars Elizabeth Allan and Maria Schell. Howard plays Harry Scobie, a police officer in Sierra Leone. He and his wife have lost their young daughter, and now his wife is miserable in Sierra Leone. In order to get money for a trip for her, Scobie borrows money from an unsavory character - later on, this will lead to problems for him with his superiors. He meets a stranded widow, Helen (Schell), and the two fall in love. When his wife returns, he is faced with a religious dilemma. She is told he has been fooling around. She wants him to go to church with her and take Communion - meaning, of course, that he would have confessed his adulterous sin to the local priest. In fact, the priest comes to the house. The priest cannot accept his confession, because Scobie doesn't believe he can stop seeing Helen. In order to hide this from his wife, he commits the mortal sin of going to communion not in the state of grace. Stripped down to the religious elements of this film, "The Heart of the Matter" doesn't sound like much. But it has a very high resonance if you're Catholic, suicide is the unforgivable sin, you can't go to communion unless you've been to confession, etc. Trevor Howard gives a very profound performance as a man who has lost everything except his religion and who describes hell as eternal wanting. As a man who lost sight long ago of what he wants, he lives in a private hell that the surrounding locations only emphasize. A slow, pessimistic film, a great performance, well worth seeing if you're on antidepressants.

Reviewed by writers_reign 5 / 10 / 10

Diamond Geezer

George Moore O'Ferrall, the director of this film came to it straight off The Holly And The Ivy, arguable the finest 'christmas' film in the history of cinema - and, no, I have not forgotten the original Miracle on 34th Street - and so I was predisposed to look favourably on anything else he worked on. Alas, for reasons best known to himself and/or his bank manager, he opted for one of Graham Greene's doom- fests in which Catholic guilt rears its ugly head as soon after the opening credits as is feasibile and an angst-filled time is had by all. This time around it is Trevor Howard who totes the burden as an English policeman on the lookout for diamond smugglers in Freetown, Sierra Leone, circa 1942. Unhappily married to Elizabeth Allen but unable to scare up the passage money to send her to where she yearns to go he, 1) succumbs to the blandishments of the corrupt and amoral Gerard Oury and 2) the all-but-virginal charms of Maria Schell, thus landing himself with enough guilt for both Catholics and Jews. Howard is, as always, outstanding as is the support which, apart from those already cited, includes George Colouris and Denholm Eliot. Clearly it's not easy being Greene.

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