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The Third Man
     

The Third Man

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A window is thrown open and sudden light illuminates the face of Orson Welles. Harry Lime's return from the dead in "The Third Man" (1949), Carol Reed's unique thriller set in occupied Vienna, is one of the most famous scenes in all cinema. But there is more besides: the zither score, the tilted shots, the cuckoo-clock speech, the desperate manhunt in the city

Overview

A window is thrown open and sudden light illuminates the face of Orson Welles. Harry Lime's return from the dead in "The Third Man" (1949), Carol Reed's unique thriller set in occupied Vienna, is one of the most famous scenes in all cinema. But there is more besides: the zither score, the tilted shots, the cuckoo-clock speech, the desperate manhunt in the city sewers. A British-American co-production overseen by Alexander Korda and David O. Selznick, "The Third Man" was written by Graham Greene, photographed by Robert Krasker and featured, along with Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Trevor Howard. All of the did superb work under Reed's subtle direction. After "The Third Man", Carol Reed was hailed as one of the world's great directors. This title sets out to understand what kind of artist Reed was and whether he deserved such accolades. Rob White explores how the film came to be made and seeks to explain its fascination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780851709635
Publisher:
BFI Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
BFI Film Classics Series
Edition description:
2003
Pages:
87
Sales rank:
490,727
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.01(d)

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Meet the Author

Rob White joined the staff of the British Film Institute in 1995. He writes the 'Channelling' column for Sight and Sound.

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