Peter William Evans
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By any standards, Reed's achievements are considerable, but his often self-deprecating remarks have not helped his reputation. Reed liberates his films from raw material provided not by divine inspiration, but by a host of collaborators. In producing the finished article from inchoate form, he nevertheless managed to stamp on it his unmistakable personality. Reed's eye for detail and for creating atmosphere through photography or editing is unsurpassed in the British cinema. Although many films concentrate on the shadow of the father over the son, they also include scrutiny of the son's quest for the mother. In addressing issues like these, sometimes through brilliant handling of film form, Reed stakes a legitimate claim to be considered one of the truly outstanding figures of the British cinema.

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