Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The Third Man - movie magic that never dies

As an escape from the political shenanigans that are moving towards a Conservative-LibDem deal, I’ve been watching The Third Man again.
The movie is about as perfect as a film noir can be. Directed by Carol Reed in 1949 and starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles, its mastery continues to grip not as a quaint antique but better than anything from today’s crop.
Set in a Vienna still ravaged by the Second World War, Reed, his stars, Graham Greene’s script and Anton Karas’s zither music create a world of shadows, steeped in cynicism, and where any humour is of the darkest hue.
A minute into the video clip of movie guru Roger Ebert’s glowing assessment of The Third Man comes what is one of the most famous pieces of conversation in film history. Orson Welles contributed to the short speech about Italy, Switzerland, and the cuckoo clock.

1 comment:

  1. Well chosen GC. Nothing to touch it. Jaffa.

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