Approved | | Drama
A cynical Welsh hotel owner secretly romances a diplomat's wife in Haiti, under the violent reign of the despot "Papa Doc" Duvalier.
Several critics noted that the ending of this movie is at least a little more positive and optimistic than the bleak ending of Graham Greene's original novel, and attacked the movie for "softening" the subject. Graham Greene, however, insisted that the more upbeat ending had been his own idea.
Papa Doc allows us to study the theory of communism. If there were no communists at all, what help would he get from the United States?
When Brown and Jones wake up in the country graveyard, it is supposed to be morning and their shadows are clear on the large gravestone right behind them where they slept, even though it is bright all around them. But as Brown moves through the graveyard, his shadow splits into multiple shadows at different angles, revealing that there are multiple lights from different angles. And in fact, before long several more realistic sun-cast shadows appear on the ground around him from taller objects, pointing in the opposite direction from the artificial lighting, showing that the sun is actually behind and above them, just past noon, and not low in front of them.
English, French, Haitian, Spanish
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