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Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene

Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene

Sat May 4, 6-7.15pm, Sky Arts 1

By Phil Harrison
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Graham Greene feels like a slightly undersung genius of British letters. But the frequent adaptation of his work into film suggests he was adept at locating the sweet spot between profundity and populist appeal. This documentary explores what, by any standards, was a dramatic life.

In addition to his literary achievements, Greene managed to squeeze in an Academy Award nomination, a spell in MI6 and a brush with a fraudster which denuded his later years. He also struggled with depression, doubted his Catholic faith and made several suicide attempts. This film weaves his novels into the story of his life – no preview material was available, but it sounds like an edifying alternative to the usual Saturday early-evening fare.

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