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« on: August 17, 2006, 11:19:14 AM »

I saw this film last night. It was one of the greatest movies I've ever seen! It's funny how my favorite films list is constantly changing, I now rank this as my third favorite film.

The eerie black and white cinematography of Vienna's post-war underworld is just beautiful. Orson Welles plays the mysterious Harry Lime, a man everyone believes is dead. The first hour of the film is spent just talking about him and many questions are raised about not only the cause of his death but his personal life as well. When you meet him more questions are asked than answered.

The finale where Welles tries to escape the police through the sewer system under the city is very suspenseful and yet you feel sorry for Harry Lime even though he is the villain.

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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2006, 11:21:15 AM »

  I liked the trailer that TCM created to promote The Third Man, very moody, noir-esque, but forgot to set the VCR last night.  I'll have to check their scheduled listings for another showing.

  So Peacemaker, your list goes OUATITW, 2001, and The Third Man?  Just trying to keep track. Grin

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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2006, 11:21:44 AM »

another movie I have yet to see. will try to do it this week.

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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2006, 11:22:54 AM »


  So Peacemaker, your list goes OUATITW, 2001, and The Third Man?  Just trying to keep track. Grin

You're doing a great job.  Grin

Even though my list constantly changes, I think I'm happy with the first three. As for OUATITW, that will always be my favorite film.

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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2006, 11:34:56 AM »

Same here, my top 10 constantly changes but is always anchored with OUATITW at No.1. Peace have you seen Blade Runner?

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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2006, 11:42:21 AM »

Peace have you seen Blade Runner?

Nope.

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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2006, 11:49:11 AM »

You should definatly check it out, great neo-noir story, fantastic SFX, a moody sountrack, awesome visuals and excellent perfs.

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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2006, 11:50:09 AM »

You should definatly check it out, great neo-noir story, fantastic SFX, a moody sountrack, awesome visuals and excellent perfs.

I heard a lot about it. I will definitely check it out.

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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2006, 02:28:37 PM »

Something else I forgot to mention, I love the film's soundtrack. I love the contrast between the melancholy look and feel to the film, and the happy upbeat Zither music.

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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2006, 02:35:14 PM »

This seems to be joining my list of films I must see one day... and, paradoxically, I even didn't know it existed, well, half a year ago? I'm getting more and more into cinema, I'm afraid... And who caused that? SERGIO LEONE! Grin

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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2006, 02:37:31 PM »

And who caused that? SERGIO LEONE! Grin

That's what happened to me.   Grin

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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2006, 02:52:34 PM »

That's what happened to me.   Grin

And maybe to other people around here. Grin I learned about The Third Man in one magazine, where there is a serie of reviews of films, that the author likes. It seems that he has quite interesting choice. Usually when he chose a film, it is such film, that other interesting (and reliable in this branch) people like.

So many films and so few possibilities to see them! (At least for me...) You mentioned something about travelling, when one is 15... well, when one is 18, has virtually no money and never knows when somebody wants to sit at computer instead of him, and has a family with slightly (and sometimes more than slightly) different taste in films... imagine the rest.  Cry
(But they cannot protest against OUATITW! It's classic and they know it! Grin)

Sorry. I'm afraid I'm starting to speak only to Peacemaker again. What's the matter?

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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2006, 05:44:52 PM »

I've never been able to get too excited about this film. It isn't a bad flick, by any means, just not something I feel compelled to watch again. And I have the Criterion DVD, too...

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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2006, 09:18:36 PM »

I like the sewer chase in this flick a lot.

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« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2006, 06:57:08 PM »

saw it just now, an ok movie. dont think I'll watch it anytime soon tho, but it was pretty good for a movie from '49. I knew Lime would turn up alive tho as we never saw him or any pictures. the music was kinda cool, but it got annoying after a while.

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