History Film / TheThirdMan

8th Jun '18 4:08:34 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ChekhovMIA

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* ChekhovMIAChekhovMIA: Harry Lime. And as is typical of the trope, he becomes important later on.



* CultSoundtrack: Probably the UrExample. It boasts a memorable score courtesy of Anton Karas' famous zither music, which sold millions.

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* CultSoundtrack: Probably the UrExample. It boasts a memorable score courtesy of Anton Karas' famous zither music, which sold millions.millions and was even reused as the BGM of the radio series.
8th Jun '18 3:57:55 PM Ezclee4050
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* CultSoundtrack: Probably the UrExample. It boasts a memorable score courtesy of Anton Karas' famous zither music, which sold millions.



* CultSoundtrack: The film boasts a memorable score courtesy of Anton Karas' famous zither music, which sold millions.
7th Jun '18 3:21:24 PM Ezclee4050
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* OpeningMonologue: Done in the original UK release by director Carol Reed, and in the US version by Joseph Cotten.

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* OpeningMonologue: Done in the original UK release by [[CreatorCameo director Carol Reed, Reed]], and in the US version by Joseph Cotten.
18th Feb '18 7:02:30 PM Luigifan
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* AdaptationDistillation: The final film discards the [[spoiler: happier]] ending initially written by screenwriter Graham Greene and appearing in Greene's novella of the story. Greene later said he preferred the film's ending.

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* AdaptationDistillation: The final film discards the [[spoiler: happier]] [[spoiler:happier]] ending initially written by screenwriter Graham Greene and appearing in Greene's novella of the story. Greene later said he preferred the film's ending.



* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Harry Lime.]] It helps that he's played by Orson Welles, but he's significantly less sympathetic than [[Film/CitizenKane Charles Foster Kane]].
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Anna gets the same lecture on how evil Harry is as Martins, but that doesn't make her any less worshipful of him. Her justification: "A person doesn't change just because you learn more about them." Apparently, Anna doesn't do FridgeLogic. Harry was ''always'' a sociopath. Though the reason she loves him, forging her papers and thus letting her stay in Vienna longer, stands regardless of what else Harry did.

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* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Harry [[spoiler:Harry Lime.]] It helps that he's played by Orson Welles, but he's significantly less sympathetic than [[Film/CitizenKane Charles Foster Kane]].
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Anna gets the same lecture on how evil Harry [[spoiler:Harry]] is as Martins, but that doesn't make her any less worshipful of him. Her justification: "A person doesn't change just because you learn more about them." Apparently, Anna doesn't do FridgeLogic. Harry [[spoiler:Harry]] was ''always'' a sociopath. Though the reason she loves him, forging her papers and thus letting her stay in Vienna longer, stands regardless of what else Harry [[spoiler:Harry]] did.



* AntiHero: Both Holly Martins and Major Calloway. Martins is a ClassicalAntiHero, he wants to solve the mystery of his best friends's death and bring justice to the world. However, he's overly idealistic and is a ManChild and a IdiotHero, though he does grow wiser at the end of the film. Major Calloway, on the other hand, is a PragmaticHero, he wants to capture criminals and bring an end to crime. However, he's willing to blackmail innocents, use people as pawns and kill in cold blood if it's necessary. He's also TheCynic and a KnightInSourArmour, rejecting all of Holly's notions of heroism.
* TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople: Harry Lime's cynical "cuckoo-clock" speech invokes this trope as a kind of defense and excuse for his actions. Not only saying what he does is okay, but that it would possibly benefit civilization.
** Though given how his actions only benefit Lime himself, its clear that the "cuckoo-clock" speech was only an attempt to manipulate Holly
* ArchEnemy: [[spoiler:Harry Lime]] to Holly Martins

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* AntiHero: Both Holly Martins and Major Calloway. Martins is a ClassicalAntiHero, ClassicalAntiHero; he wants to solve the mystery of his best friends's friend's death and bring justice to the world. However, he's overly idealistic and is a ManChild and a IdiotHero, though he does grow wiser at the end of the film. Major Calloway, on the other hand, is a PragmaticHero, PragmaticHero; he wants to capture criminals and bring an end to crime. However, he's willing to blackmail innocents, use people as pawns pawns, and kill in cold blood if it's necessary. He's also TheCynic and a KnightInSourArmour, rejecting all of Holly's notions of heroism.
* TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople: Harry Lime's cynical "cuckoo-clock" speech invokes this trope as a kind of defense and excuse for his actions. Not only saying that what he does is okay, but that it would possibly benefit civilization.
** Though given how his actions only benefit Lime himself, its it's clear that the "cuckoo-clock" speech was only an attempt to manipulate Holly
Holly.
* ArchEnemy: [[spoiler:Harry Lime]] to Holly MartinsMartins.



** Moreover, for hundreds of years the Swiss were not only at war with one another but their main export was The Swiss Guard, some of the finest mercenaries Europe had ever seen who still serve as the Pope's personal bodyguards to this day.

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** Moreover, for hundreds of years years, the Swiss were not only at war with one another another, but their main export was The Swiss Guard, some of the finest mercenaries Europe had ever seen seen, who still serve as the Pope's personal bodyguards to this day.



* BeleagueredChildhoodFriend: The whole plot is essentially built around this relationship between Holly and Lime - except that Lime is [[spoiler: believed to be]] already dead.
* BigBad: Harry Lime.
* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Holly is investigating the murder of his friend Harry. It turns out that Harry is alive and engaged in horrible crimes. He's the villain of the story]].
* BigEntrance: Harry gets one of the best entrances in film history [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeJVNQ4ngfo]].

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* BeleagueredChildhoodFriend: The whole plot is essentially built around this relationship between Holly and Lime - except that Lime is [[spoiler: believed [[spoiler:believed to be]] already dead.
* BigBad: Harry Lime.
[[spoiler:Harry Lime.]]
* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Holly is investigating the murder of his friend Harry. It turns out that Harry is alive and engaged in horrible crimes. He's the villain of the story]].
story.]]
* BigEntrance: Harry gets one of the best entrances in film history [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeJVNQ4ngfo]].com/watch?v=jeJVNQ4ngfo one of the best entrances in film history]].



* BlackMarket: The story deals with the black market in post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Vienna

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* BlackMarket: The story deals with the black market in post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ViennaVienna.



-->'''Opening narrator:''' '' I really got to know it in the classic period of the black market. We'd run anything if people wanted it enough and had the money to pay. Of course a situation like that does tempt amateurs.''

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-->'''Opening narrator:''' '' I really got to know it in the classic period of the black market. We'd run anything if people wanted it enough and had the money to pay. Of course course, a situation like that does tempt amateurs.''



* BookEnds: The movie starts and ends with a funeral. [[spoiler: Both funerals are for the same character, Harry Lime]]

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* BookEnds: The movie starts and ends with a funeral. [[spoiler: Both [[spoiler:Both funerals are for the same character, Harry Lime]]Lime.]]



-->'''[[Creator/OrsonWelles Lime]]''': Victims? Don't be melodramatic. Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or [[PragmaticVillainy would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare]]? Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax - the only way you can save money nowadays.

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-->'''[[Creator/OrsonWelles Lime]]''': Victims? Don't be melodramatic. Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or [[PragmaticVillainy would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare]]? Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax - the only way you can save money nowadays.



* BulletHolesAndRevelations: Holly and Harry have a stand off on the stairs up to a manhole tunnel at each other, then it cuts to Captain Calloway hearing the gun go off [[spoiler: Holly comes walking down the sewer tunnel]].

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* BulletHolesAndRevelations: Holly and Harry have a stand off stand-off on the stairs up to a manhole tunnel at each other, then it cuts to Captain Calloway hearing the gun go off [[spoiler: Holly and [[spoiler:Holly comes walking down the sewer tunnel]].



* CreepyChild: Probably not the intent, but the fact that the little boy is smiling while he's yelling about how he thinks Holly killed the porter is a little offputting.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Half the point of the movie is to question, dissect and generally shred American notions of heroism.

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* CreepyChild: Probably not the intent, but the fact that the little boy is smiling while he's yelling about how he thinks Holly killed the porter is a little offputting.
off-putting.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Half the point of the movie is to question, dissect dissect, and generally shred American notions of heroism.



** Later on we get Calloway, Paine, and another soldier emerging from the shadows [[spoiler: as they wait for Lime]]

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** Later on we get Calloway, Paine, and another soldier emerging from the shadows [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as they wait for Lime]]Lime]].



* FatalAttraction: A rare male example: Holly arrives in Europe to discover that the man he's come to see is dead, and the police were investigating him. He spends the movie convinced that Harry must have been innocent, and was the victim of some underhanded police conspiracy. He learns later that [[spoiler: not only is the man ''still'' alive, but he's an amoral ManipulativeBastard, responsible for everything the police believed him to be]].

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* FatalAttraction: A rare male example: Holly arrives in Europe to discover that the man he's come to see is dead, and the police were investigating him. He spends the movie convinced that Harry must have been innocent, and was the victim of some underhanded police conspiracy. He learns later that [[spoiler: not [[spoiler:not only is the man ''still'' alive, but he's an amoral ManipulativeBastard, responsible for everything the police believed him to be]].



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* ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics: ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics



** We don't get to see [[spoiler: [[NothingIsScarier the corpses of the porter or Harbin, or any of Harry Lime's victims in the children's hospital]]. Somehow, the shot of the stuffed animals and tiny bookshelf crammed in next to one of dozens of identical hospital beds - the only glimmer of the dying child's individuality, of their true being, ''especially'' when one's possessions are put away '''permanently''' - is worse.]]
** [[spoiler: Harry Lime's death occurs entirely offscreen. Both of them.]]

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** We don't get to see [[spoiler: [[NothingIsScarier [[spoiler:[[NothingIsScarier the corpses of the porter or Harbin, or any of Harry Lime's victims in the children's hospital]]. Somehow, the shot of the stuffed animals and tiny bookshelf crammed in next to one of dozens of identical hospital beds - the only glimmer of the dying child's individuality, of their true being, ''especially'' when one's possessions are put away '''permanently''' - is worse.]]
worse]].
** [[spoiler: Harry [[spoiler:Harry Lime's death occurs entirely offscreen. Both of them.]]



* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: Baron Kurtz now works as a blackmarketeer in post-war Vienna.
* HumansAreInsects: Harry Lime reveals his thoughts on humanity to Holly from atop the Vienna Ferris wheel while looking down upon the park visitors: "Look down there. Would you really feel any pity if one of those...dots...stopped living forever?" Seems Harry's got a touch of Nazi genocide fever. Class A ChaoticEvil—a calculating and intelligent villain with a wistful smile that marks the musings of a psychopath.

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* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: Baron Kurtz now works as a blackmarketeer black marketeer in post-war Vienna.
* HumansAreInsects: Harry Lime reveals his thoughts on humanity to Holly from atop the Vienna Ferris wheel while looking down upon the park visitors: "Look down there. Would you really feel any pity if one of those...dots... dots... stopped living forever?" Seems Harry's got a touch of Nazi genocide fever. Class A ChaoticEvil—a ChaoticEvil — a calculating and intelligent villain with a wistful smile that marks the musings of a psychopath.



* {{It Is Pronounced TroPAY}}: Dr. '''Winkel''', not Winkle.

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* {{It Is Pronounced TroPAY}}: Dr. '''Winkel''', '''Winkel'''[[note]]German pronunciation, making it a “V”, not a “W”[[/note]], not Winkle.



* KnightInSourArmour: Major Calloway is a dedicated policeman but is also a very cynical and pessimistic pragmatist who rejects Holly's idealistic heroism.

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* KnightInSourArmour: Major Calloway is a dedicated policeman policeman, but is also a very cynical and pessimistic pragmatist who rejects Holly's idealistic heroism.



* MistakenForSpecialGuest: Martins is believed to be a more famous author by the character Crabbin. This is more developed in the novel, in which the rather macho Martins writes under a pseudonym who shares a surname with a famous novelist known for a "feminine" writing style (according to WordOfGod, the famous novelist was a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of the very gay Creator/EMForster)

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* MistakenForSpecialGuest: Martins is believed to be a more famous author by the character Crabbin. This is more developed in the novel, in which the rather macho Martins writes under a pseudonym who shares a surname with a famous novelist known for a "feminine" writing style (according to WordOfGod, the famous novelist was a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of the very gay Creator/EMForster)Creator/EMForster).



* MultinationalTeam: The International Police patrolling Vienna centre was this by necessity. Each of the British, American, Soviet and French occupying forces had to be represented, so no MP could roam around without being accompanied by the other three (In the movie, it becomes especially comical when several of those 'squads' are tasked with a simple and straightforward search of Anna's apartment; more than a ''dozen'' policemen end up crowding her small abode). And that's not even counting in the native ''Austrian'' police.

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* MultinationalTeam: The International Police patrolling Vienna centre was this by necessity. Each of the British, American, Soviet Soviet, and French occupying forces had to be represented, so no MP could roam around without being accompanied by the other three (In (in the movie, it becomes especially comical when several of those 'squads' are tasked with a simple and straightforward search of Anna's apartment; more than a ''dozen'' policemen end up crowding her small abode). And that's not even counting in the native ''Austrian'' police.



* OldFriend: A darker example. Holly goes to post-WWII Vienna to meet up with Harry who [[spoiler: ends up having become a child-killing criminal, and whose actions turn Holly from a jovial and semi-innocent guy into a severely depressed one]].
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Alida Valli (playing Anna) obviously believed that it it would be appropriate to use several English accents in her role as an east-European escapee of Communism; One time it's Russian, another time it's perfect British English, then it's German English, then one time it's American English, then Dutch English.

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* OldFriend: A darker example. Holly goes to post-WWII Vienna to meet up with Harry Harry, who [[spoiler: ends [[spoiler:ends up having become a child-killing criminal, and whose actions turn Holly from a jovial and semi-innocent guy into a severely depressed one]].
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Alida Valli (playing Anna) obviously believed that it it would be appropriate to use several English accents in her role as an east-European escapee of Communism; One one time it's Russian, another time it's perfect British English, then it's German English, then one time it's American English, then Dutch English.



* TheSociopath: Harry Lime. He cares only for his own benefit and seems like he considers people nothing but pawns to manipulate.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Anton Karas's bouncing melodies, happy harmonies and general bright zither playing over the one of the bleakest, most cynical films ever made.

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* TheSociopath: Harry [[spoiler:Harry Lime. He cares only for his own benefit and seems like he considers people nothing but pawns to manipulate. \n]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: Anton Karas's bouncing melodies, happy harmonies harmonies, and general bright zither playing over the one of the bleakest, most cynical films ever made.



* TakeOurWordForIt: Used for excellent dramatic effect. Holly is finally convinced that his friend Harry Lime is completely evil and needs to be killed when he sees some of the children who took Lime's phony black market penicillin. We don't see the children, but from Holly's reaction it isn't pretty, and probably far beyond what could be depicted onscreen at the time anyway.

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* TakeOurWordForIt: Used for excellent dramatic effect. Holly is finally convinced that his friend Harry Lime is completely evil and needs to be killed when he sees some of the children who took Lime's phony black market penicillin. We don't see the children, but from Holly's reaction reaction, it isn't pretty, and probably far beyond what could be depicted onscreen at the time anyway.



-->'''Popescu:''' Can I ask is Mr. Martins engaged in a new book?\\

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-->'''Popescu:''' Can I ask ask, is Mr. Martins engaged in a new book?\\



* WalkingSpoiler: Harry Lime, [[spoiler:seeing as throughout most of the movie he's thought to be dead.]]

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* WalkingSpoiler: Harry Lime, [[spoiler:seeing as throughout most of the movie movie, he's thought to be dead.]]dead]].



** [[spoiler: The iconic shot of Harry grinning from the darkness.]]
** [[spoiler: The final shot of Anna walking by Holly, completely ignoring him.]]

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The iconic shot of Harry grinning from the darkness.]]
** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The final shot of Anna walking by Holly, completely ignoring him.]]
15th Jan '18 7:53:02 PM CassandraLeo
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* WalkingSpoiler: Harry Lime, seeing as throughout most of the movie he's thought to be dead.

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* WalkingSpoiler: Harry Lime, seeing [[spoiler:seeing as throughout most of the movie he's thought to be dead.]]



* YouKnowTooMuch: spoiler:After Harry Lime makes an ImpliedDeathThreat during his motive speech in the ferris wheel, Holly Martins tells him that the authorities already know that he's NotQuiteDead, so killing Holly wouldn't change anything.

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* YouKnowTooMuch: spoiler:After [[spoiler:After Harry Lime makes an ImpliedDeathThreat during his motive speech in the ferris wheel, Holly Martins tells him that the authorities already know that he's NotQuiteDead, so killing Holly wouldn't change anything.]]
15th Jan '18 7:52:21 PM CassandraLeo
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'''Be warned that, due to the nature of this film, there are some unmarked spoilers below.'''



* YouKnowTooMuch: After Harry Lime makes an ImpliedDeathThreat during his motive speech in the ferris wheel, Holly Martins tells him that the authorities already know that he's NotQuiteDead, so killing Holly wouldn't change anything.

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* YouKnowTooMuch: After spoiler:After Harry Lime makes an ImpliedDeathThreat during his motive speech in the ferris wheel, Holly Martins tells him that the authorities already know that he's NotQuiteDead, so killing Holly wouldn't change anything.
15th Jan '18 7:49:38 PM CassandraLeo
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* PosthumousCharacter: Harry Lime is the central figure of the entire story, even though the movie's second scene is his funeral. Of course, he's not really dead...

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* PosthumousCharacter: Harry Lime is the central figure of the entire story, even though the movie's second scene is his funeral. Of [[spoiler:Of course, he's not really dead...]]
27th Nov '17 10:24:16 PM hohocrush
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5th Sep '17 8:58:50 AM allium
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** Also, the front of Lime's apartment building has a graffito of the circle + three slashes symbol used by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Front Iron Front]], a 1930s paramilitary arm of the German Social Democratic Party aligned against monarchists, Stalinists, and the Nazis.

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** Also, the The front of Lime's apartment building has a graffito of the circle + three slashes symbol used by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Front Iron Front]], a 1930s paramilitary arm of the German Social Democratic Party aligned against monarchists, Stalinists, and the Nazis.
5th Sep '17 8:57:53 AM allium
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** Also, the front of Lime's apartment building has a graffito of the circle + three slashes symbol used by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Front Iron Front]], a 1930s paramilitary arm of the German Social Democratic Party aligned against monarchists, Stalinists, and the Nazis.
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