Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Third Man, 1949

Directed by Carol Reed
Written by Graham Greene
Starring Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, and Alida Valli

This is a real pleasure of a movie. The mystery is fun, and the story is smart, relevant, and not formulaic. The characters are well-played and their interactions are realistic rather than simplistic (i.e., not a typical Hollywood movie). The music is good, though I'm not as enthralled by as it many others. The black-and-white cinematography looks great, and there are some incredibly powerful and memorable images.

Orson Welles is particularly compelling, so it's worth the lengthy wait until he appears in the movie.

The newest addition to the pantheon.

The Third Man at IMDB.

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