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The Third Man (1949): Articles


Best British Movies of All Time?

Best British movies of all time: Michael Caine in 'Get Carter.' Best British Movies of All Time? Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster, was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people […]


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Best British Movies of All Time?



Orson Welles Movies: 'The Lady from Shanghai,' 'The Third Man'

Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, The Lady from Shanghai Orson Welles' career as an actor was both fruitful and frustrating. From Citizen Kane (1941) to Someone to Love (1987), Welles appeared – mostly in supporting roles – in about 70 features made in various parts of the world. There was one brilliant performance in one brilliant film, Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane, but the rest of what I've seen has been either forgettable or memorable for the wrong reasons. Subtlety is a quality with which Welles the Actor was totally unfamiliar. Whether or not you admire Orson Welles' work in front of the camera, Welles fans are being treated to 13 films featuring Welles as both leading man and supporting […]


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Orson Welles Movies: 'The Lady from Shanghai,' 'The Third Man'



Walter Matthau & 'The Third Man' on TCM

Saturday, June 14, highlights on Turner Classic Movies: Many consider The Third Man (left) Carol Reed's best film. Some even claim it's so good that Reed couldn't have directed it, detecting Orson Welles' touch of genius throughout the mystery thriller. That said, those who worked with Reed on the film insist(ed) that it's Reed's all the way. I'm not a big fan of The Third Man, but that last short featuring Alida Valli and Joseph Cotten outside a cemetery is as masterful as any ever put on film. Martin Scorsese must have liked it, too, as he imitated it (quite poorly) in The Departed. Along with The Adventures of Robin Hood, King Solomon's Mines is probably my favorite adventure film. […]


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Walter Matthau & 'The Third Man' on TCM