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THIRD MAN, THE

SYNOPSIS:
American writer Holly Martins arrives in post-war Vienna to take up a job offer from his friend Harry Lime. On arrival, Martins is told that Lime is dead, but finds that things are not quite what they seem.

Review by Louise Kerre:
This moody thriller about love & friendship, loyalty & betrayal and honesty & greed is a haunting tale whose images remain long after the film has concluded. It has tons of suspense, engaging characters and effective direction. Robert Kraskerís black and white cinematography is gripping; the stark use of lighting is particularly effective, especially in the scene when we see Orson Welles for the first time. The plot is engrossing and we become captive on a ride through and under the streets of post-war Vienna. The strength of the film lies in the characters, which are so well cast. Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Ailda Valli & Trevor Howard are superb, as is the supporting cast. Carol Reedís direction is edgy and nostalgic at once and there are similarities to "Casablanca" in a couple of scenes - many of which are memorable, but for me, none more so than where Orson Welles confronts Joseph Cotton with his morals while high up in the Carousel. Watch out too for those famous scenes shot in the underground sewers.

Turn down the lights, this is serious entertainment. Deserves a glass or two of full bodied red.

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(Black & White)

CAST: Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee.

PRODUCER: Alexander Korda, David OíSelznick

DIRECTOR: Carol Reed

SCREENPLAY: Graham Greene

PHOTOGRAPHY: Robert Krasker

EDITOR: Oswald Hafenrichter

MUSIC: Anton Karas

ART DIRECTOR: Vincent Korda

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: PolyGram Video

RUNNING TIME: 93 mins.

YEAR: 1949

RRP: $19.95







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