The Third Man

The Third Man

DVD - 2002 | Described edition.
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Rollo Martins is determined to find out the truth behind the death of his friend, Harry Lime. In doing so, he discovers that his hero was involved in one of the dirtiest rackets going in post-war Vienna
Publisher: [Toronto, Ont.] : AudioVision, [2002]
Edition: Described edition.
ISBN: 9780778975267
Branch Call Number: Descriptive DVD THI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) :,sound, black & white ;,4 3/4 in.


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Apr 15, 2019

A perfect film. The Dutch angles create unease (and don't feel gimmicky, like in BATTLEFIELD EARTH or THOR) and the lighting is pure classic noir. Orson Welles plays one of the greatest characters in cinematic history, making a big impression with minimal screen time. For those who want to get into classic movies, this would be a great starter, as it feels very modern in terms of acting, style, and ambiguity.

simply one of the best films ever made. that orson could act, couldn't he. joe cotton, too. and the zither, oh my.

Jun 05, 2017

Filming is spectacular. Black and White film - shadows, props and actors that can really act with facial expressions that tell a story in itself. Very good movie

Jul 02, 2016

Postwar Vienna, as the world settles and recovers from a devastating war, a new mystery is brewing in the heart of the capital of Austria. The Third Man was a movie that dazzled the stage of 1949 and soon became one of the most famous movies of all time only being toppled by Orson Welles’ very own, Citizen Kane. The film sheds light on the very naïve Holly Hamilton (Joseph Cotton) arriving in Vienna for a job only to find his partner dead. The stories of the killing told by his partner’s friends do not match to each other leading to a very suspicious Hamilton to investigate. The movie utilizes shadows to create an eerie feeling on the streets of Vienna which is scored by an infamous soundtrack. The movie does not fail to disappoint and is a requirement to be watched by everybody as an timeless classic. Once again, the duo that is Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton continue to astonish the silver screen, one movie at a time. - @LordoftheBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 28, 2016

One of the greats from the days when a few directors and producers combined their skills with those of the best movie talent of all time to produce gripping, thoughtful, fast-paced movies. Which the watchers then thought about occasionally for days afterward. The portrayal of that brief period of post-WWII occupation Vienna is also well worth the watch in its own right.

Mar 12, 2016

The sound quality was not good on the Bu-Ray version. The music was loud while the dialog seemed to rise and fall in volume for no reason. Some of the dialog was muffled and not decipherable

Jan 20, 2016

Let's just find out about human love and loyalty

Dec 05, 2015

A wonderful movie which I have watched several times. Set Vienna in a period shortly after the end of the second world war. The movie takes you back to a time when the allies are still cooperating, while the black market is running rampant.
Watch for transitions using the the little boy, and the cat; the angle shots to show that there is something wrong with the situation.
I particularly like how the funeral scenes are repeated and the symbolism of the ending. A well deserved 5 stars.

Sadly this DVD is out of print, making it impossible for the library to buy new copies. See it while you can, because it is an amazing film!

THUD55 May 19, 2015

wonderful movie. watch the extras if you get that dvd. the music, the dialogue, the scenery and the story make this a must watch movie.

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Jun 27, 2015

Holly goes to Vienna to his friend Harry's funeral, only to find out that Harry's death has a mysterious cause.


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Feb 26, 2013

Harry Lime: "...Don't be so gloomy. After all it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love -- they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock! So long Holly."

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