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All Fall Down

1962

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  • One minute it’s tossing off a Bigger Than Life-esque sequence of stairwell histrionics and the next it’s passing time with mopey small-town atmospherics reminiscent of late John Huston. All Fall Down feels like a broken film about a broken family living in a broken time and place; nothing moves fluidly, and nothing should.

  • The baseness of Annabel’s character is indicated in a heartbreaking sequence when Ralph brings home three elderly vagrants on Christmas Eve—“three kings.” Once they’ve been feted with liquor, Annabel offers them ten dollars apiece in place of the lodgings and good cheer promised by Ralph, to prove to her husband that avarice trumps fellowship. All three instantly accept.