Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime—and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas’s evocative zither score; Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker’s dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass. —The Criterion Collection
At the end of the 1930s, Carol Reed was regarded as one of the most promising young directors in England; at the end of the 1940s, he was the maker of one of the most popular and critically acclaimed movies of the decade, the most prominent director working in England, and the most lionized British director this side of Alfred Hitchcock, and the world was knocking at his door. During the 1950s, he became the first movie director ever to be awarded a knighthood, and he closed out the 1960s with one of the very few blockbuster musicals of its time to earn a profit or filmmaking honors, in between and around those triumphs lay a life and career worthy of a movie. Carol Reed was born into a family with some of the best artistic/theatrical credentials of any film director who ever lived. His father was Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917), the leading actor of his day and, among many other credits, the stage’s first Henry Higgins, and his mother was Tree’s mistress, May Pinney Reed. Born… read more
Carol Reed's quintessential masterpiece. The denouement seemed a bit lightweight on my first watch but over time I appreciated it for its unapologetic romanticism. Every frame is masterly crafted. The most accomplished use of the 'Dutch Angle' since the German expressionist classics.
Highlighting some phenomenal film-related design work coming out of one London studio.
A naive young girl falls into the schemes of her sister-in-law’s previous husband, long thought dead, in post-war Berlin.
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Carol Reed followed the remarkable ‘The Fallen idol’ by Graeme Greene in 1948 by collaborating with the writer again on this drama set in post-war Vienna, a city divided up by the 4 occupying powers… read review
A bit overrated by everyone and their mother, this film is a masterpiece, in ALMOST every sense of the word. Yes, I had a problem with the film, although it’s not a major one. The sound. There were… read review
Beautifully sinister noir about a mystery, possible murder, and of course, an elusive third man who no one seems to be able to identify. This film won the Oscar for cinematography and it’s easy to… read review