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The Third Man
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The Third Man

Orson Welles is at his best in this film of crime and corruption in post-World War II Vienna. But the film was built with all the wrong parts, or the right parts that were put together in the wrong way. Joseph Cotton gets the dull lead role as he muckrakes trying to uncover the alleged murder of his friend, played by Welles. Orson Welles, who could have given life to Cotton’s dull character, instead gets the minor role of the swindler friend who supposedly died, and therefore only makes three appearances in the entire movie, one of them merely fleeing through tunnels in an attempt to escape the police. Strangest of all is the music:  while the murder mystery plot calls for film noir suspense, the director has filled the scenes with almost non-stop merry tunes more appropriate for an evening at the circus. About the only redeeming quality for The Third Man is the historical reminder that the Soviets occupied almost half of Vienna for almost ten years after 1945, a fact that is usually forgotten in discussions of East Berlin. Unlike Berlin, they peacefully departed in 1955 as the Cold War deep freeze began to thaw after the death of Stalin. I give it 2 out of 5. –Glenn Lazar Roberts for SiriusReviews.com.

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