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Another knockout of an experience courtesy of Carol Reed. As in Reed's Fallen Idol, a deceptively simple plot is turned into an engrossing, powerful exploration of what makes us tick, and why we do the things we do.
Much to like in this one, including a great finale, but the subplot with the artist was so bizarre and exaggerated that it really turned me off the film.
I prefer this over The Third Man although both films were great. The aura represented is melancholic and dark. James Mason is a natural actor.
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This movie ranks #30 in Film-noir
This movie ranks #167 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #184 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
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This movie ranks #265 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #283 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #344 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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This movie ranks #893 in The Criterion Collection