Sensorial Intake

The Third Man (1949)


Movie Details

Title:   The Third Man
Director:   Carol Reed
Year:   1949
Genre:   Crime
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   02/06/2011

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Viewing Notes


I watched this movie on 02/06/2011 at/on/via Netflix Watch Instantly.

My Thoughts

I've seen The Third Man before, but it's been a while, so a rewatch was in order.

Filmed mostly in real post-war Vienna in 1949, this movie is a tour-de-force of cinematography. The night and sewer scenes are especially sinister and beautiful.

Orson Welles does a chillingly excellent turn as the amoral Harry Lime, one of his best performances.

I can't help but see this movie as an indictment of America, both in the amoral, anything for a dollar, inhuman scheming of Welles' Harry Lime and in the bumbling, making things worse by claiming the path of righteousness, moral outrage of the main protagonist, Joseph Cotton's Holly Martins.

Alida Valli's Anna Schmidt, caught between the two of them, is the embodiment of post-war Europe, trying to get by, but getting screwed over by both sides of the American coin.


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