“In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed. They produced Michelangelo, da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.” #10daymoviechallenge .... #GrahamGreene ’s oh so stylish #filmnoir extraordinaire @cthompsonroyds it’s all yours XXXX.
Watching The Third Man (1949). Brilliantly shot, ahead of its time. The director was speeding off his tits and Orson Welles was being difficult to work with. Wish I could have seen some of the behind the scenes action surrounding this one.
I love the story behind Orson Welles' "The Other Side of the Wind" but sadly I do not love the story of said film. Even though the film features great performances from most of its cast; its narrative and technical aspects stops Welles from living up to his previous masterpieces. A huge thank you goes out to Frank Marshall and Netflix though for giving the world one more picture from this extraordinary filmmaker.
...in honor of #Geneva festivities of the 1602 #l ’escalade rather than showcasing the origins of Swiss bank accounts. #orsonwells (aka Harry Lime in the 1949 film #Thethirdman ) was right about Switzerland...
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The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene. It stars Joseph Cotten, Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. The film takes place in post-World War II Vienna. It centres on Holly Martins, an American who is given a job in Vienna by his friend Harry Lime, but when Holly arrives in Vienna he gets the news that Lime is dead. Martins then meets with Lime's acquaintances in an attempt to investigate what he considers a suspicious death.The atmospheric use of black-and-white expressionist cinematography by Robert Krasker, with harsh lighting and distorted "Dutch angle" camera technique, is a major feature of The Third Man. Combined with the iconic theme music, seedy locations and acclaimed performances from the cast, the style evokes the atmosphere of an exhausted, cynical, post-war Vienna at the start of the Cold War.
Greene wrote the novella of the same name as preparation for the screenplay. Anton Karaswrote and performed the score, which featured only the zither. The title music "The Third Man Theme" topped the international music charts in 1950, bringing the previously unknown performer international fame. It is considered one of the greatest films of all time, celebrated for its acting, musical score and atmospheric cinematography.
In 1999, the British Film Institute voted The Third Man the greatest British film of all time. In 2017 a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for Time Out magazine saw it ranked the second best British film ever.