The Third Man

The Third Man

Blu-ray Disc - 2010 | Blu-ray version.
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An American writer arrives in Vienna to take a job with an old friend, only to find he has been murdered.
Audience: OFRB rating: PG.
Publisher: Santa Monica : Lionsgate, [2010]
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Copyright Date: ℗2010
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Third
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English with French and Spanish subtitles.


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Apr 21, 2021

avoid the blue ray disc - the sound is awful , dialog incomprehensible and no subtitles . I actually think this is some kind of counterfeit which the library got dinged on - a blot on the Criterion name.

Sep 23, 2020

Annoying zither music throughout.

Jul 24, 2020

Why have this if you won't lend it out. Isn't that the whole reason for your existence.

Apr 26, 2020

Acclaimed 1949 film Austrian

3️⃣ Others have said it all about this atmospheric, suspenseful movie. I just want to point out that Welles makes the greatest entrance in the history of film. Watch the hints of expressions that play over his face. It's a master class in acting.

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.

Jun 05, 2017

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

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

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Harry Lime: Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don't. Why should we? They talk about the people and the proletariat, I talk about the suckers and the mugs. It's the same thing. They have their five-year plans, so have I.
Martins: You used to believe in God.
Harry Lime: Oh, I still do believe in God, old man. I believe in God and mercy and all that. But the dead are happier dead. They don't miss much here, poor devils.

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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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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