Sunday, 31 May 2015

The Third Man (1949)

A pulp novelist travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend,  a black-market opportunist.

A true classic, meticulously executed post-war drama with extraordinary expressionist cinematography and a plot which echoes on many levels.

On another view: have nothing to add; it's a joy to watch this movie every so often.

Halliwell****: "Totally memorable and irresistible romantic thriller. Stylish from the first to the last, with inimitable backgrounds of zither music and war-torn buildings pointing up a then-topical black market story full of cynical characters but not without humour. Hitchcock with feeling, if you like."

Maltin****: "...a bona fide classic..."


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