Carol Reed was a motion picture director from the country of Great Britain. He was born on the 30th of December, in the year 1906. Putney, in the south- western part of the city of London was his birthplace. Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree was his father, who was a talented and famous producer as well as an actor. While he was still quite young, he got into the cinema industry by acting. He did this under Edgar Wallace. Later on, he became an assistant to Wallace. After Wallace’s death, Reed worked on the making of a few films under Basil Dean, the man who took over after Wallace. Midshipman Easy was the first ever film that he directed on his own. Reed did not have much experience with making decisions on his own regarding the motion picture, and thus, he says he made lots of mistakes.
, the famous British Writer, commented that Sir Carol Reed has lots of potentials. If he received the correct story, he would do wonders with his films. Soon, Reed got the opportunity to make a motion picture based on A. J. Cronin’s novel. It was named The Stars Look Down. Michael Redgrave was the lead male protagonist of the story. The film was loved by the audience and critics alike. Graham Greene again lauded Carol Reed for his work.
When the Second World War was going on, he joined the military and was posted in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps under the film unit. He along with two others worked on the script of a movie inspired by the army, which was later released as The Way Ahead. After the war stopped and peace returned, he started work on some pictures which would afterward become some of his best works. These include Odd Man Out of 1947, The Fallen Idol of 1948, and The Third Man of 1949.
Trapeze was another of his films which did very well and made lots of money. He worked with Graham Greene on the movie Our Man in Havana, which was an adaptation of Graham Greene’s own novel. Oliver! was yet another one of his most famous works. He received the Academy Award for Best Director for his work on this motion picture. In 1953, he was knighted in honor of his directing talent. He was the second British movie director to be honoured with the title ‘Sir’. He died on the 25th of April, 1976.