Monday, October 18, 2010

The Third Man (1949)

Director: Carol Reed. Cast: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli , Trevor Howard, Orson Welles. 104 min. UK. Noir.

Another missed classic. If you have any doubt how sometimes black & white works better than color, this is the movie for you - to watch how shadows hauntingly blend in with the background, and become a fascinating element to empower the story. No wonder Orson Welles was one of the greatest artists ever; his sudden mid-movie entrance is probably one the most memorable moments in cinema, and his cunningly fluent delivery of words in a famous Ferris wheel scene is the peak of an actor's cinematic charm. Watch this; get a sense how real movies used to be made.

(Incredible quote, spoken by Welles: "... You know what the fellow said: In Italy for 30 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 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.")

Mo says:


  1. I’m sure you don’t remember I brought this quote in those 3 posts I sent to the group with the name of Memorable quotes from 10 memorable movies , exactly 3 and half years ago!Time goes by so fast
    One of the most nicest movies and quotes in Cinema,I’ve seen and heard till now. .

  2. I guess hearing the same words in the context of a great movie makes the words an entirely different experience. Just watch how attractively Orson Welles enunicates the simple words: "The cuckoo clock."