The Third Man

The Top 63 Marathon, part 3

Title: The Third Man
Year: 1949 (UK), 1950 (US)
Length: 104 minutes
Director: Carol Reed
Writer: Graham Greene
Starring: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard
Music: Anton Karas
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Cinematography (black-and-white) (1951); Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Editing (1951); currently #61 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: an American in post-war Vienna tries to clear the name of his recently deceased friend
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix) yesterday
Concept: Great.
Story: Good. The mystery is fairly interesting despite being predictable (it doesn’t help that reading the cast list is a spoiler…).
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Good. It gets slow in places and feels longer than it is, but the last scene is too great to take off too many points.
Cinematography: Great. Oh, so that’s what a movie’s supposed to look like.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Good.
Music: Bad. It has an interesting effect on the movie, but oh my goodness why?
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). It’s a reluctant 8, but I figure the amazing visuals make up for the movie’s shortcomings and then some. It’s just so nice to look at, everything else could be crap and it would still be a good movie.
Objective Rating: 3.4/4 (Very good).


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