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The Heart of the Matter (1953)

Approved | | Drama | 8 February 1954 (USA)
An unhappily married British security officer stationed in Sierra Leone during WWII falls in love with a young German woman and starts an affair. He soon starts feeling guilty.

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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Harry Scobie
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Louise Scobie
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Helen Rolt
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An unhappily married British security officer stationed in Sierra Leone during WWII falls in love with a young German woman and starts an affair. He soon starts feeling guilty.

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africa | based on novel | See All (2) »

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The instant...when a man must choose! Which woman? Which code? Which life?

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Das Herz aller Dinge  »

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Instead of an original score, recordings of indigenous music were made during location photography in Sierra Leone and worked into the film. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: FREETOWN, 1942. See more »

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Referenced in Providence: The Heart of the Matter (2002) See more »

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Pende Jetty
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Arranged by Edric Connor
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A magnificent performance from Trevor Howard
5 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

Scobie was perhaps the most tortured of all of Graham Greene's tortured Catholics and he's played magnificently by that most underrated of great actors, Trevor Howard in George More O'Ferrall's mostly superb and largely forgotten screen version of "The Heart of the Matter". One reason Scobie is such a tortured Catholic is that he is torn between the faith he's largely lost since the death of his daughter and his love for a young refugee, (another wonderful performance from Maria Schell); he's happy to sleep with her but thinks he will go to hell if he takes Holy Communion while in mortal sin.

This is a wonderfully acted picture throughout; Howard and Schell may have the best of it but note too Elizabeth Allan, she of "A Tale of Two Cities" and "David Copperfield", as Scobie's adulterous wife, Denholm Elliot as the young man besotted by her and Gerard Oury as the diamond smuggler who blackmails Scobie. The plot may be a trifle grim and all that Catholic guilt proved too much for audiences at the time which may account for why the film is seldom revived now. An acquired taste then, but essential viewing for anyone interested in the art of acting.


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