The Third Man (1949)
Directed By – Carol Reed
Starring – Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli
Genre – Noir, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Running Time – 104 Minutes
Here are the reasons why you should watch ‘The Third Man’ –
- Director Carol Reed’s espionage classic ‘The Third Man’ tells the story of an American novelist, who goes to a war-torn Vienna searching for his missing friend, who is a wanted criminal and may or may not be dead, as believed.
- A classic film noir, the film is a unique blend of suspense and thriller, amidst failing socio-economic strata of a war-ravaged country.
- Stunning cinematography, lighting, the work with shadows, this film is a testament of impressive technicalities ever used in a film, which includes the famous scene of a hidden man in the doorway, being discovered by the moving light.
- Though his screen time is exactly five minutes, Orson Welles makes the most of it and has one of most amazing monologues of all time – The Swiss Cuckoo Speech at the Ferris wheel.
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