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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)4 more, Bernard Lee (Actor), David O. Selznick (Producer), Alida Valli (Actor), Orson Welles (Actor)

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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.
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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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Reed, CarolDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cotten, JosephActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greene, GrahamScreenwritersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Karas, AntonComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Korda, AlexanderProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Krasker, RobertCinematographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, BernardActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Selznick, David O.Producersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Valli, AlidaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Welles, OrsonActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"I never knew the old Vienna before the war with its Strauss music, its glamour and easy charm".
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