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The Third Man [1949 film] by Carol Reed

The Third Man [1949 film]

by Carol Reed (Director)

Other authors: Joseph Cotten (Actor), Graham Greene (Screenwriter), Anton Karas (Composer), Alexander Korda (Producer), Robert Krasker (Cinematographer)3 more, David O. Selznick (Producer), Alida Valli (Actor), Orson Welles (Actor)

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An American in post-war Vienna tries to clear the name of his recently deceased friend.

An all-around damn good movie. Visually, it's as good as it gets.

It's my second time watching the movie, and I've had a complete reversal on my reaction to the music. It had seemed so completely wrong. It is wrong, for the first half of the movie - and by the time it starts to fit, I had already rejected it. But on the second viewing, the effect has changed so much it's like a different score. Watching that first half of the movie knowing that the title character is on his way - knowing the character and how Welles plays him - the score is absolutely perfect. It's hard to imagine the movie with a traditional mystery/crime score. It would still be a great movie that way, but... I don't know. Maybe Welles' performance wouldn't seem so great without that music to prepare you for him.

Concept: B
Story: B
Characters: A
Dialog: A
Pacing: A
Cinematography: A
Special effects/design: A
Acting: A
Music: A

Enjoyment: A

GPA: 3.8/4 ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Reed, CarolDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cotten, JosephActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greene, GrahamScreenwritersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Karas, AntonComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Korda, AlexanderProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Krasker, RobertCinematographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Selznick, David O.Producersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Valli, AlidaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Welles, OrsonActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Set in post-war Vienna, an American western-adventure writer searches for a friend who turns out to be the king-pin of the Austrian black market.

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