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Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 2013 (USA)
This film is a portrait of a writer Graham Greene. It explores how Greene's life both inspired great writing and drove him to attempt suicide. He was a British spy, a doubting Catholic, and... See full summary »


Thomas P. O'Connor


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Credited cast:
Bill Nighy ... Graham Greene
Derek Jacobi ... Narrator
John le Carré ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernard Diederich Bernard Diederich ... Himself
Graham Greene ... Himself
Richard Greene Richard Greene ... Himself
Vivien Greene Vivien Greene ... Herself
Frederick Hitz Frederick Hitz ... Himself
Kay Redfield Jamison Kay Redfield Jamison ... Herself (as Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison)
David Lodge David Lodge ... Himself
John Mortimer John Mortimer ... Himself
John Perkins John Perkins ... Himself
Belinda Straight Belinda Straight ... Herself
Paul Theroux Paul Theroux ... Himself
Brigitte Timmermann Brigitte Timmermann ... Herself


This film is a portrait of a writer Graham Greene. It explores how Greene's life both inspired great writing and drove him to attempt suicide. He was a British spy, a doubting Catholic, and a manic-depressive who wrote critically-acclaimed, best- selling novels, including The Quiet American, Brighton Rock, The End of the Affair and The Third Man. This documentary weaves Greene's novels and movies into the story of his life: the struggle between good and evil... love and betrayal; it reveals an extraordinary man who traveled the globe to escape the boredom of ordinary existence and became a writer addicted to danger. The film is a journey in search of Greene's most elusive character: himself. Sir Derek Jacobi narrates the film and actor Bill Nighy reads from Greene's writing. Other major participants include novelist and screenwriter Sir John Mortimer, novelist and former SIS agent John Le Carre, award-winning literary critic and novelist David Lodge, acclaimed writer Paul Theroux, ... Written by Thomas P. O'Connor, Director

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This comment relates to the point made about Bill Nighy being double-listed as himself and Graham Greene in the credits for Dangerous Edge. Perhaps the director did this intentionally. Greene did have a thing about doubles. In his novel The Human Factor, the character of Castle says: "Everybody in the world, so they say, has a double" (294). Greene scholar Robert Hoskins writes that the idea of doubles was close to Greene's heart. Greene's autobiography, Ways of Escape, ends with a chapter about HIS double: a man who apparently went around claiming to be Graham Greene and turned up, Prof. Hoskins writes, "at unpredictable times and places around the world, sometimes reaching the destination before Greene himself did." Greene's work refers to doubles in many places. The epigraph to his first novel, The Man Within, is a quote from Sir Thomas Browne, "There's another man within me who is angry with me." So either the director intentionally used the credits as a bit of mischief making (like Greene himself often did) or was of two minds about who Mr. Nighy was suppose to be: Graham Greene the person or Graham Greene the character. See more »


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