History Film / TheThirdMan

22nd Jan '17 9:40:52 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RaceLift: Holly and Harry were both English in the original novella. In the film, they're American.
16th Jan '17 4:58:02 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CrapshackWorld: What's really depressing is that it was shot on location in a bombed-out, post WWII-era Vienna. That's our WorldHalfEmpty.

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* CrapshackWorld: CrapsackWorld: What's really depressing is that it was shot on location in a bombed-out, post WWII-era Vienna. That's our WorldHalfEmpty.



* ImpliedDeathThreat: Harry Lime casually opens the door of the ferris wheel while discussing the fiscal worth of human life. Watching him carefully, [[GenreSavy Holly Martins gets a good grip on the doorframe]].

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* ImpliedDeathThreat: Harry Lime casually opens the door of the ferris wheel while discussing the fiscal worth of human life. Watching him carefully, [[GenreSavy [[GenreSavvy Holly Martins gets a good grip on the doorframe]].



* PosthumusCharacter: 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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* PosthumusCharacter: 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...
16th Jan '17 4:54:33 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheAdjectevialMan



* AntagonistTitle: The title refers to Harry Lime.



* ArchEnemy: Harry Lime to Holly Martins



* BigBadFriend: Harry Lime.

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* BigBad: Harry Lime.
* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Holly is investigating the murder of his friend Harry. It turns out that Harry Lime.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]].
* BigShadowLittleCreature: Police on a night stakeout see a threatening shadow cast two stories high. It turns out to be a balloon peddler.



* BookDumb: Not knowing who or what James Joyce was, and not being informed of what literary components he uses in his cheap novelettes, Martins is literally book dumb.
** It's implied that Holly is just not a good public speaker, and the James Joyce questions comes about right around when Popescu shows up, distracting Holly from answering it.

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* BlackMarket: The story deals with the black market in post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Vienna
-->'''Opening narrator:''' ''I never knew the old Vienna before the war with its Strauss music, its glamour and easy charm. Constantinople suited me better.''
-->[Scenes of black market goods changing hands]
-->'''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.''
-->[Dead body seen floating in the river]
-->'''Opening narrator:''' '' But, well, you know, they can't stay the course [[FriendInTheBlackMarket like a professional.]]''
* BlitheSpirit: Subverted with Holly Martins. He's a brash American who comes to Vienna and thinks he's going to prove everyone wrong about his dead friend Harry Lime, only to end up in over his head and screwing everything up.
* BookDumb: Not knowing who or what James Joyce Creator/JamesJoyce was, and not being informed of what literary components he uses in his cheap novelettes, Martins is literally book dumb.
** It's implied that Holly is just not a good public speaker, and the James Joyce questions comes about right around when Popescu shows up, distracting Holly from answering it.



* BulletHolesAndRevelations: Holly and Henry 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]].
* TheChase: The film climaxes with a chase into the sewers of Vienna as Harry goes on the run from the police.



* CityOfSpies: Post-war Vienna is a hotbed of intrigue (and zither music).
* ComingOfAgeStory: Holly is something of a ManChild: the books he makes a living writing are escapist westerns with BlackAndWhiteMorality. His naive search for justice in the death of his best friend forces him to come to terms with a WorldHalfEmpty.



* CrapshackWorld: What's really depressing is that it was shot on location in a bombed-out, post WWII-era Vienna. That's our WorldHalfEmpty.



* CultSoundtrack: The film boasts a memorable score courtesy of Anton Karas' famous zither music, which sold over millions.



* DownTheDrain: The climactic chase takes place in the AbsurdlySpaciousSewer system of Vienna.



* EmbarrassingSlide: Captain Calloway is about to show the protagonist a slide about incriminating evidence that Harry Lime willingly caused the deaths of countless penicillin recipients by watering it down. Instead... he accidentally shows an educational slide of an elephant intended for the Anglo-Austrian re-education programme.
-->'''Calloway''': *to his subordinate* Oh, Payne...



* FakeShemp: OrsonWelles dithered on showing up to Vienna for filming, arriving two weeks after shooting started. To shoot around this, others dressed in Welles' costume (appropriately padded to approximate Welles' emerging girth) for long shots.

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* FakeShemp: OrsonWelles Creator/OrsonWelles dithered on showing up to Vienna for filming, arriving two weeks after shooting started. To shoot around this, others dressed in Welles' costume (appropriately padded to approximate Welles' emerging girth) for long shots.



* 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]].
* FerrisWheelDateMoment: The film invokes this trope for emotional dissonance. Instead of romantic seclusion, the setting allows an open discussion of crime and murder.



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



* 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.



* ImpliedDeathThreat: Harry Lime casually opens the door of the ferris wheel while discussing the fiscal worth of human life. Watching him carefully, [[GenreSavy Holly Martins gets a good grip on the doorframe]].



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* {{Leitmotif}}: The Harry Lime theme underscores the menace and charisma of Harry's presence in the film.



* 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.



* PetTheDog: 'Baron' Kurtz pets a dog while trying to confuse Holly Martins.
* PosthumusCharacter: 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...



* PreciousPuppy: The adorable puppy that just appears in one scene with Baron Kurtz.
* PresentAbsence: Harry Lime is one of the most famous examples in all of cinema. His actions influence the story, yet he's barely in the film.



* SpiritualAntithesis: The cynical, post-war antidote to the optimism and hope of ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. It contains many of the same story elements and inverts them.

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* SpiritualAntithesis: The cynical, post-war antidote to the optimism and hope of ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. It contains many of the same story elements and inverts them. Watch them back to back. It's amazing. And depressing.


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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 it isn't pretty, and probably far beyond what could be depicted onscreen at the time anyway.
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-->'''Popescu:''' Can I ask is Mr. Martins engaged in a new book?\\
'''Holly:''' Yes, it's called ''The Third Man''.\\
'''Popescu:''' A novel, Mr. Martins?\\
'''Holly:''' It's a murder story. I've just started it. It's based on fact.


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* VehicleVanish: Before Holly can get Harry, a car speeds past him and Harry escapes into the night.


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* WalkingSpoiler: Harry Lime, seeing as throughout most of the movie he's thought to be dead.
20th Nov '16 8:26:33 PM JulianLapostat
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* 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.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The famous cuckoo-clock speech is this:
** For starters, the Borgia did not rule Italy for thirty years. They only ever ruled Rome and UsefulNotes/ThePapalStates and even then UsefulNotes/PopeAlexanderVI only had a term for 9 years and with his death, [[BrieferThanTheyThink the Borgia were finished as a political entity]] in European politics. The Renaissance had begun and been ongoing for a hundred years at that point and it was centered in Florence under the Medici which ''was'' a republic (albeit corrupt and oligarchical) and that's where Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and others all came from[[note]]The speech might have been better served if Lime substituted the Medici for the Borgia and made 30 years 160 years[[/note]]. The Renaissance only spread to Rome after the Borgia were toppled and while Leonardo did fraternize with Cesare Borgia, his best work [[note]]The Last Supper, the Mona Lisa[[/note]] were commissions that preceded and succeeded that association.
** Switzerland wasn't quite a cultural wasteland drudged by peace. It was the birth place and residence of mathematics geniuses like Leonard Euler and the Bernouli family as well as thinkers like Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau, Benjamin Constant, Germaine de Staël, UsefulNotes/CarlJung.
22nd Jul '16 7:49:47 AM WillBGood
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* [[ComingOfAgeStory Delayed Coming Of Age Story]]: Holly has [[ManChild remained mentally a child his entire life]]. His books are [[{{Escapism}} cowboy tales]] with a BlackAndWhiteMorality. Only in Vienna, at 35 years of age, does he at last [[HeelRealization come to face the reality]] [[{{Mooks}} of his relationship with]] [[BigBadFriend his best friend Harry]].

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* [[ComingOfAgeStory Delayed Coming Of Age Story]]: Holly has [[ManChild remained mentally Martins is something of a child his entire life]]. His ManChild: the books he makes a living writing are [[{{Escapism}} cowboy tales]] {{Escapis|m}}t westerns with a BlackAndWhiteMorality. Only His naive search for justice in Vienna, at 35 years of age, does he at last [[HeelRealization come to face the reality]] [[{{Mooks}} death of his relationship with]] [[BigBadFriend his best friend Harry]].[[BigBadFriend Harry Lime]] forces him to come to terms with a WorldHalfEmpty.
2nd Jul '16 3:25:44 PM AnotherGuy
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* RealitySubtext: Post-war Vienna is almost a character itself. Carol Reed stated that the fact it was still being tussled over by the US, Brits and USSR gave it an air of tenseness it normally wouldn't.

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* RealitySubtext: Post-war Vienna is almost a character itself. Carol Reed stated that the fact it was still being tussled over by the US, Brits and USSR gave it an air of tenseness it normally wouldn't. [[invoked]]
2nd Jul '16 3:24:43 PM AnotherGuy
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* RealitySubtext: Post-war Vienna is almost a character itself. Carol Reed stated that the fact it was still being tussled over by the US, Brits and USSR gave it an air of tenseness it normally wouldn't.


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* WhamShot:
** [[spoiler: The iconic shot of Harry grinning from the darkness.]]
** [[spoiler: The final shot of Anna walking by Holly, completely ignoring him.]]
13th Jun '16 5:29:29 PM DougDevilsMutt
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6th May '16 7:26:01 PM JackG
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* 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.
28th Mar '16 3:34:28 PM jeez
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* MultinationalTeam: The International Police patrolling Vienna centre was this by necessity. Each of the British, American, Soviet and French 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.

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* 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 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.abode). And that's not even counting in the native ''Austrian'' police.
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