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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Movie, 23 Sep 2007
This review is from: The Third Man: Special Edition [DVD] [1949] (DVD)
This is the best British movie ever made, and is sheer enjoyment to watch. Based on a story by Graham Greene we are taken into the occupation of Vienna after the second world war. A story of black-marketeering, mistaken identity and a man wanting to solve what is happening around him. Orson Welles is on top form as Harry Lime, the main protagonist in one of his best roles. The scenes of a post-war Vienna are fantastic and everything in this movies jells together. All the acting is excellant and the cat and mouse story is more than enough to keep you gripped to your seat.

Carol Reed's masterpiece shows us what true drama is all about. Unfortunately Hollywood have never really learned from what is a masterclass in film-making, in what makes perfection.
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Initial post: 6 Feb 2008 07:31:53 GMT
adovelikeboy says:
Claiming anything as "the best ever" ought to be hyperbole, but not in this case.

Posted on 13 Sep 2008 21:51:29 BDT
The movie is not 'based on a story' by Graham Greene, it was written by Graham Greene, the novelisation came latter and was intended as a jumping off point forGreene and not for publication. Harry Lime is not the main protagonist (he has too little screen time to be the main anything), he is the antagonist. The protagonist is Holly Martins. Although I do agree that it is a phenominal movie.

Posted on 25 Aug 2009 21:05:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Aug 2009 21:06:22 BDT
Observer says:
Read your review with interest, after attracting much abuse after my own review.
Irritatingly, I loved the movie too......but didn't say it in those words. Prefering to place it in my own personal considered context. I appreciated the subtleties, but was ultimately left less moved than I had hoped for.
I saw my review highlighted as the most helpful critical review......i was gutted. I thought like yours, gave a positive reflection overall.
With just the odd reservation.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2009 16:40:16 GMT
yes a great film - urge folk who haven't seen it to look up Odd man out by the same director with James Mason as a wounded IRA man lost in surreal belfast noir streets - simlar spooky and captivating atmosphere.

Posted on 26 Apr 2010 20:26:30 BDT
Mr. Rh Port says:
I have bought this from America,but my Multi Region player Sony BDS 360,wont play it. It tells me the code does not match the player!! Can anyone help?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2013 07:30:36 BDT
Teddymum says:
Hopefully you have solved this problem by now :) but to anyone else with the same issues, the film may play on your pc.
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