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Year
1949
Runtime
104 min.
Director
Carol Reed
Genres
Thriller, Mystery, film_noir
Rating *
8.3
Votes *
117,192
Checks
18,736
Favs
2,327
Dislikes
89
Favs/checks
12.4% (1:8)
Favs/dislikes
26:1
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  1. DisneyStitch's avatar

    DisneyStitch

    Sunset Boulevard is probably my favorite Noir film but this, this is a very close 2nd. You can almost feel how bleak, cold, and dark Vienna is during the film. The directors choice of filming many empty streets and landscapes gives the impression that it's impossible to run or hide. No way this film could have been made in color as so much of it relies on the black and white to portray the mood. It's a cinematic triumph and so easy to see why it's a classic. 1 year 2 months ago
  2. Big A2's avatar

    Big A2

    I will never understand the criticism of the score. Don't overthink it, FEEL it. It's one of the most fitting scores ever devised for a motion picture. 4 years 9 months ago
  3. Filmsthemostbeautifulart's avatar

    Filmsthemostbeautifulart

    An out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a post war Vienna divided into sectors by the victorious allies, and where a shortage of supplies has lead to a flourishing black market. He arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime's friends and associates Martins soon notices that some of the stories are inconsistent, and determines to discover what really happened to Harry Lime.

    Yes, now I can proudly say that Old is Gold. The Third Man has no nudity, no graphic violence and no gore. It has none of these elements that today's thriller's use to amuse the audience. Still, the film delivers and even the casual viewers will be stunned by the impressive style of film-making. Surprisingly, very few critics that time were impressed with this movie. Today however, the movie has become a masterpiece and has survived the test of time. Highly Recommended...

    My Rating: 5/5
    4 years 7 months ago
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  3. This movie ranks #3 in Film-noir
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  4. This movie ranks #3 in Best Of Rotten Tomatoes
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  5. This movie ranks #7 in 1940s
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  6. This movie ranks #7 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
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  7. This movie ranks #13 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
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  11. This movie ranks #25 in Taschen 100 All-time favorite movies
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  12. This movie ranks #28 in Akira Kurosawa's A Dream is a Genius
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  14. This movie ranks #37 in Academy Award Best Cinematography
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  19. This movie ranks #87 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  20. This movie ranks #113 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
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  25. This movie ranks #215 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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