Outcast Of The Islands


A study of moral degradation

Coming right after The Third Man, Carol Reed’s adap of Joseph Conrad’s study of a scandal-struck man hiding on an Indonesian island is often dismissed as a disappointment. True, the script never quite gets a grip on Conrad’s subtle study of moral degradation.

But individual scenes are as powerful as any in Reed’s output – and Trevor Howard, as the self-destructive outcast of the title, gives a courageously dislikeable performance. The South Asia locations are vividly exploited – and few endings are as bleakly despairing as the one here.

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