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The Third Man


Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard View All


Carol Reed (Director), Graham Greene (Screenplay) View All

Released: Feb. 1st, 1949
Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes
An American pulp writer arrives in post-WWII Vienna only to find that the friend who waited for him is killed under mysterious circumstances. The ensuing mystery entangles him in his friend's involvement in the black market, with the multinational police, and with his Czech girlfriend.
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But there is just one problem… I have yet to be convinced by it. I always aim to experience films at least twice, though only if I either enjoyed them or saw some potential in them.
The ends of streets, leading into unseen nooks, feel as if they would suck in anything that passed nearby and make transform them into an everlasting gloominess.
Citizen Rules
Cotton's combination of nativity about the workings of the Vienna post war black market and his constant badgering of the British Major, give the film it's tension.