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The third man

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Call number: DVD Film-Noir Third

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Based on the novel by Graham Greene.

Originally released as motion picture in 1949.

Special features: video introduction by Peter Bogdanovich; recording of script treatment; radio adaptations; alternative opening voice over; archival footage of set; photos and production history; theatrical trailers; restoration demonstration.

Joseph Cotton, Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard.

Set in post-war Vienna, an American western-adventure writer searches for a friend who turns out to be the king-pin of the Austrian black market.

DVD ; Dolby digital mono ; Full screen.

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Best Suspense Film Not By Hitchcock

Sir Carol Reed directs the idiosyncratic 1949 film, The Third Man, set in Vienna just after WWII. Although the discovery of the mysterious identity of Orson Welles' character ostensibly drives the plot, Anton Karas' off-beat rhythms and eastern European instrumentation are the true engine to this film. Any Oscar awards viewer has been subject to the overlong montages to great films of the past, and has probably seen many of the classic scenes from The Third Man, but it is a disservice to show the film's footage without the fantastic score. Audiences will undoubtedly enjoy Reed's craft for edge-of-your-seat suspense sequences, but try closing your eyes and listening to one of these scenes and you'll enjoy at least 75% of the film's greatness.

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