We must have overlooked something. Clearly a lot was going on while we slept. Behind our backs they moved furniture, exchanged the official language and currency, and now we have woken up in another state. And it’s not just a matter of official colors.
If you haven’t seen this magnificent 1949 film, you are sorely missing out. Joseph Cotten plays a schlock writer from America who has come to Vienna to see his old friend Harry Lime. Upon arriving, however, he learns of the very unfortunate and untimely death of his friend and is left alone with a series of questions about what happened. This leads him into a world of mystery and intrigue, where absolutely nothing is as it seems.
I won’t say any more about the plot (because it gives far too much away), but this is one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s got mystery, suspense, a bit of comedy, and some extremely witty dialogue penned by Mr. Graham Greene. And the visuals. Oh my goodness gracious, let me tell you about the visuals in this movie. We’ve got some magnificent long shadows running along buildings. There are these collapsed buildings that create almost a series of hills and valleys for the players to traverse. Chase scenes go from rooftop to sewer with barely any effort.
And speaking of the sewers; this films climactic moments take place in the Vienna sewers, some of the most cavernous sewers I’ve ever seen. They create a labyrinth in which an epic chase is led to its thrilling conclusion of the hunt for the “Third Man” that Martins (Joseph Cotten’s character) has been searching for. This man has answers about the death of his friend, and he plans to find the truth.
Seriously, check out this movie when you have a chance.