British Lion Film Corporation | Release Date: September 3, 1949 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Universal acclaim based on 30 Critics
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The Third Man is a film where everything works: script, direction, the performances of Welles, Cotten, Trevor Howard (the cynical police major) and Alida Valli (the enigmatic traveler), Robert Krasker's flamboyantly tilted black-and-white cinematography and the unforgettably spare and haunting zither score by Anton Karas. [5 Sept 1996, p.6]
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The Third Man is so elegant, tiny and perfect that it feels more like a watch than a movie: It should have been directed by Patek Phillipe. [9 July 1999, p.C01]
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It is as breathtaking a moral thriller today as it was in 1949. [16 July 1999, p.10]
100
The Third Man has so many captivating elements that it's often thought of as a romantic movie. Maybe that's the result of Welles' involvement in a radio show in which his movie character, Harry Lime, became significantly more heroic, or the television series in which Michael Rennie took over the role. [30 July 1999, p.H1]
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Greene's wonderful dialogue, often oddly contradictory, adds to that tantalizing sense of imbalance. [5 Aug 1999, p.G3]
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Orson Welles' portrait of the friend, Harry Lime, is a study of corruption - evil, witty, unreachable.
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An admirable film, not a great one -- yet. It drags a bit.[Restored version]