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Paul Jensen

THE THIRD MAN (1949) 5 stars

The humor, suspense and cinematic storytelling has rarely been better than in this definitive classic. British film noir at its finest. Captivating, enticing and has there ever been a more beautifully shot film in black and white? Orson Welles' cameo remains a highlight. The tight script has a classic twist similar to the other film noir classic - Laura. Plus, you've got the memorable score. It's fitting that the British borrow from the American film noir genre and end up bringing it back to its roots in German Expressionism. All the characters are written bu Graham Greene with such intelligence and wit and the visuals are so cinematic that we're left grinning and satisfied by this masterpiece from the 40's.

 

Genre: Film Noir
Director: Carol Reed