The Third Man

There are at least three men


Release Date: September 1, 1949
Director: Carol Reed
Language: English

Who should watch this movie: Fans of mystery. Fans of noir films. 

When should you watch this movie: Immediately following a WWII documentary. When you’re doing research for a role as “femme fatale.” 

The sell: The Third Man is the best noir film out there, and I am prepared to die on this hill. Set in post-war Vienna, action takes place in the rubble of a divided city. A naive american named Holly discovers his friend missing and is sucked down a rabbit hole of corruption and lies. What is most striking about this movie is the almost overpowering sense of a city on the precipice. As Holly blunders clumsily through the crumbling streets of Vienna, the audience is left with growing suspicion that things could escalate at any moment. In place of twists and turns of plot, The Third Man takes you through twists and turns of morality, and then drops you off at the peak of ethical ambiguity. There are no winners and losers in this movie. No one walks away victorious, and the audience is left with the knowledge that they too must be resigned to an uncomfortable reality. Is this a metaphor for delusional American optimism in the aftermath of WWII, yes 100%

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