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THE THIRD MAN (poster)

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My poster for a university screening of Carol Reed and Graham Greene's masterpiece, THE THIRD MAN (1949).


This is an archived image, and here are the original notes:




More on the film here:


Carol Reed's film from the hovel by Graham Greene concerning the mysterious Mr. Harry Lime and his old friend who comes at his bidding to visit him in immediately postwar (gloomy, damaged) Vienna.


The brilliant cinematography, acting and direction in this film are second to none. A true classic.


Here is some footage:


In this scene, Martins ( Joseph Cotten) catches sight of, and recognizes his old friend Harry ( Orsen Welles), whom everyone testifies has recently died. When Martins tries to reach him, he disappears like a ghost ( but, of course, he isn't a ghost). Note the diagonal, slanted perspectives of the camera and the dramatic use of shadows.


(link to YouTube clip):


AND, one final scene-- the famous one in his Harry and his friend Martins ride on the Gian Wheel-- and have a conversation . . .


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Taken on November 10, 2011