History Film / TheThirdMan

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.
28th Mar '16 3:31:12 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; almost _dozens_ of 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 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; almost _dozens_ of more than a ''dozen'' policemen end up crowding her small abode.
28th Mar '16 3:29:57 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; almost _dozens_ of policemen end up crowding her small abode.
24th Mar '16 1:28:55 PM eroock
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* OpeningNarration: Done in the original UK release by director Carol Reed, and in the US version by Joseph Cotten.

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* OpeningNarration: OpeningMonologue: Done in the original UK release by director Carol Reed, and in the US version by Joseph Cotten.
2nd Feb '16 2:50:45 PM MRAustin
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* DutchAngle: Possibly the best use ever in film.

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* DutchAngle: Possibly the best use ever in film. Although the crew allegedly presented director Carol Reed with a spirit level at the end of production, so that he could get his shots level next time.
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