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
All film noirs should be funny! Amazing lighting: the sewer kiosk, lit from behind!! Wet streets, angled shots! Over acting: GREAT! Vienna: Rococo BLASTED! Unless you like STRONG film grain&subtle scratches, skip the Blu-Ray. Comment track: "It (the zither) casts a huge umbrella of eccentricity over the film." (Tony Gilroy) "...the greatest "NON-AUTURE" film." Bogdanovich is mistaken. This is Carol Reed's celluloid.
Sometimes, I think people like to please or are afraid of each other by giving this a 5 star rating. Honestly, I'm with the guy who commented this one is a 3 star movie. Boring experience. The distorted camera angles are ugly as f*ck. The story isn't strong enough. I just don't rate it two stars due to the great cinematography and the year it was made. P.S.: How can a novelist be so dumb? lol
What is the purpose of angled shots? Psychological mal-adjustment? A foreign environment? I say the reason is artistic. And also if you have set up a camera,a level tripod is not always best for even a "normal" shot. It is like over acting though: the audience has to be introduced to the angled shots, and put at ease.
If the reason is artistic and not due to the story (ex: something feels wrong), you are agreeing with me. Seriously I don't remember the context where the angled shots were taken, but I do remember it felt (to me) disconnected to the story and without any purpose at all. Though, it's only opinions; opinions which I respect, but as I said before, I don't always understand them.
You take away Welles from this and the movie falls apart, even with him, the protagonist is a dull character, the "mystery" regarding the third man is something even your kids could figure out. It has great direction for sure, but the script is just not strong enough to make this the classic it could have been.
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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
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