The Third Man Reviews

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September 8, 2019
Seventy years on such sombreness seems timely, as does Harry Lime, Welles's deliciously elusive antihero.
September 4, 2019
The astounding acting bit, it may turn out, is that contributed by Orson Welles. As the object of this chilling search, Welles for once is pulled back to the size of a gifted actor, a trick for which he and a lot of old Welles' admirers can thank Reed.
December 4, 2018
The music is as distinctive as the James Bond or Star Wars theme...
January 5, 2018
This film is lively, always moving forward, constantly bubbling with mystery and suspicion and secrets, but the characters are always driving the film.
December 12, 2017
We're seduced out of caring for Greene's weary plot. Welles saves the film and destroys it.
August 6, 2015
Krasker's camera reveals a dank, matte, defeated city - so dully vivid as to be a character unto itself - except that this Vienna becomes something altogether different seen at night or underground.
August 1, 2015
By the very nature of its settings and story, there are occasional reminiscences of Lang and Hitchcock, but there is nothing borrowed or imitated. Stylistically, The Third Man is Reed's most impressive film.
July 28, 2015
Welles was a still-ridiculously young 34 when he played Harry, but he was probably born sounding 56...
July 4, 2015
The bombed buildings, piles of rubble and their evocative shadows form a haunting backdrop to the outdoor scenes, particularly at night. ... Greene's talent for dialogue and suspense shine. [It] has more twists and turns than a rollercoaster.
July 3, 2015
It's an exciting experience, dazzling and entertaining and thought-provoking.
July 2, 2015
Reed and screenwriter Graham Greene let the story unfold slowly and deliberately, like the cigarette smoke that floats around the characters, and keep us guessing at every step.
July 2, 2015
Like many, I have loved this thriller of conscience and betrayal most of my moviegoing life.
July 1, 2015
What really makes the film sing, though, isn't the jaunty and iconic zither score by Anton Karas. It's the film's groundbreaking visual aesthetic, which combines noir tropes with expressionism to create a visual wonderland of living shadows.
June 26, 2015
This is a film which does away with such cretinous inanity as offering up goodies and baddies, instead presenting its cast of characters as doing things which they believe to be good, but are not seen as such through the eyes of observers.
June 26, 2015
"The Third Man" is important not just because of its technique but because of its theme ...
June 25, 2015
Few films more effectively capture the crumbling infrastructure and opportunistic lawlessness of postwar Europe. And none better translate the snaking treachery of Graham Greene's stories and his worlds of cynical expats and casual betrayal.
June 25, 2015
Set in postwar occupied Vienna, the plot is a corker, littered with memorable moments and played to perfection by an unforgettable cast that's led with distinction by Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten.
June 25, 2015
Best read not as an homage to Hitchcock - or to special super secret guest star Orson Welles - than as a study of what Carol Reed biographer Robert F. Moss describes as 'the ineffectuality of goodness.'
June 24, 2015
A lot funnier than you remember it, Carol Reed's immortal 1949 film noir seems to exist in the space between two worlds: an earlier time when thrillers were mostly serious affairs, and a future one, when such supremely witty entertainments felt passé.
June 23, 2015
The Third Man is a movie of sobering pleasures.
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