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Year
1949
Runtime
93 min.
Director
Carol Reed
Genres
Thriller, Mystery, Film-Noir
Rating *
8.1
Votes *
127,308
Checks
21,645
Favs
2,673
Dislikes
101
Favs/checks
12.3% (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. Welles runs though the streets like an apparition, a ghost hiding among the long shadows and straddling his own moral line between night and day. 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. 8 years 1 month ago
  2. StigAnder's avatar

    StigAnder

    Funny how people react to a murderer not getting the facts right about the cuckoo clock. 12 years 10 months ago
  3. fonz's avatar

    fonz

    Visual filmmaking at its finest 8 years 3 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #1 in BFI's Top 100 British Films
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  2. This movie ranks #2 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
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  3. This movie ranks #3 in BAFTA Award - Best British Film
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  4. This movie ranks #4 in Time Out’s The 100 Best Thrillers
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  5. This movie ranks #4 in iCheckMovies's 1940s Top 100
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  6. This movie ranks #4 in IMDb's Film-Noir Top 50
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  7. This movie ranks #7 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
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  8. This movie ranks #12 in IMDb's 1940s Top 50
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  9. This movie ranks #13 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
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  10. This movie ranks #20 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  11. This movie ranks #21 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
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  12. This movie ranks #23 in ASC's 100 Milestone Films in Cinematography of the 20th Century
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  13. This movie ranks #25 in Taschen's 100 All-Time Favorite Movies
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  14. This movie ranks #28 in Akira Kurosawa's A Dream Is a Genius
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  15. This movie ranks #37 in Academy Award - Best Cinematography
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  16. This movie ranks #38 in IMDb's Mystery Top 50
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  17. This movie ranks #46 in Rotten Tomatoes's Top 100 Movies of All Time
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  18. This movie ranks #55 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  19. This movie ranks #64 in TSPDT's 100 Essential Noir Films
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  20. This movie ranks #64 in The Criterion Collection
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  21. This movie ranks #64 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
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  22. This movie ranks #71 in FilmTotaal Forum's Top 100
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  23. This movie ranks #75 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills
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  24. This movie ranks #76 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  25. This movie ranks #113 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
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  26. This movie ranks #167 in Reddit Top 250
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  27. This movie ranks #176 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  28. This movie ranks #203 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
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  29. This movie ranks #203 in IMDb's Top 250
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  30. This movie ranks #216 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  31. This movie ranks #224 in FOK!'s Film Top 250
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  32. This movie ranks #298 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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  33. This movie ranks #359 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
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  34. This movie ranks #398 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  35. This movie ranks #880 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  36. This movie ranks #892 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  37. This movie ranks #922 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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