The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day was born to be murdered.
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
If you have some ignorant scumbag in your family that thinks black and white movies are ugly, show him/her/it the sewer chase sequence from The Third Man and if that doesn’t change their minds then it’s probably best to put this person down. I’m not a cruel man. I just think it’s crueler to continue living life not seeing true beauty than to have a sleepy poison injected into your veins, I guess.
In all seriousness, The Third Man is one of the hands down great crime movies. As much as I love and respect Citizen Kane, this one is Orson Welles at his most iconic for me. He’s a charmingly evil son of a bitch in this movie, the kind of corrupt that rings absolutely true to real life. And Joseph Cotton is note-perfect as the everyman lead, too.
From the setting (post war Vienna, where the rule of law hasn’t quite gotten its grip back yet) to the casting to the photography, this is just a flat-out stunning movie. I cherish my Criterion Blu-Ray so much that when I found out it was being discontinued I ordered a second copy just in case something happened to the one I already had.
Today’s photo is a lovely shot of the iconic sewer scene with Welles and (I think) director Carol Reed in silhouette. It’s hard to make out the second guy, but I’m pretty sure that’s Reed. Welles, is, of course, unmistakable.
Thanks again to Pat Barnett. Click to enlargen!
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at email@example.com.
Tomorrow’s pic controls the spice.
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July 7, 2012, 1:39 a.m. CST
Your dream girl, eh? Has anybody seen Lowry? Has anybody seen SAM LOWRY?
July 7, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST
Probably both guys in the picture directed it...
July 7, 2012, 1:51 a.m. CST
by nolan bautista
just hearing it puts me in a good mood
July 7, 2012, 1:55 a.m. CST
by saint seiya
Watch the criterion docs.
July 7, 2012, 2:03 a.m. CST
July 7, 2012, 2:04 a.m. CST
July 7, 2012, 2:32 a.m. CST
by saint seiya
read chubasqueiro's comment.
July 7, 2012, 4:03 a.m. CST
by The StarWolf
You're not being paid to write tings here. When I think of the depressing number of typos, spelling and grammatical errors one typically runs into in the average newspaper these days, that is a disgrace.
July 7, 2012, 5 a.m. CST
July 7, 2012, 5:16 a.m. CST
Have seen it three times now, once at Secret Cinema, but still can't get excited by this film. Too talky, jarring music, Joseph Cotten is boring to watch, and we don't even see Welles for the first hour or so. Of course, this is just my opinion, but I've never understood the love for this film.
July 7, 2012, 6:12 a.m. CST
by Brank Hud
But you know what I really love? This: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_ehxdlAlHQ
July 7, 2012, 7:15 a.m. CST
I much preferred Citizen Kane. It's one of those movies I can watch every year and not get tired of it. The Third Man, while good, just doesn't bear repeat viewing, IMHO.
July 7, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST
Clear as day.
July 7, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST
Followed by Schindlers List
July 7, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST
no wait, we already too many of those. Hobbit Set Reports! That's the ticket. Where are your Hobbit Set Reports? I am reaching for them... my fingers are wriggling through the grating...
July 7, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST
by Colin Dent
The half-smile that nearly becomes a grin, but stops short. the zither kicks in and harry's face says it all without dialogue: "Yep it's me kiddo, and I'm still an asshole." Love it. I've had the theme as my ringtone for the last ten years, my phone doesn't feel like mine without it.
July 7, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST
I'll give it another chance.
July 7, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST
The starkly contrasted black and white cinematography, Welles, Cotten, Trevor Howard, Alida Valli, that creepy little Austrian kid with the ball, the zither score, the sewer chase, the parrot bite, the now too obvious gay couple and their little dog, and that great closing scene. It is a thing of cinematic beauty and near perfection. And no one ever seems to spell Joseph Cotten's name correctly. Poor Joe.
July 7, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST
If ever in Vienna sign up for the walking tour of the movie sites.
July 7, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST
and I find it funny that for a character as despicable as Lime they produced a radio show detailing his early "adventures".
July 7, 2012, 3 p.m. CST
July 7, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST
I watched a weird movie on tv yesterday. It was about a retard who likes to eat french fries, and then he goes and kills one man
by ajit maholtra
July 7, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST
by Gabe Athouse
And if that sounded too positive for a talkback, I'd also like to say that anyone who doesn't love this film is instantly discounted as human being.
July 7, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST
by Brank Hud
Sorry Joseph Cotten.
July 7, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST
It the Old Time Radio station on satellite radio and Orson Welles introduces and stars in each episode, as Harry Lime. Yeah, he reminds everyone that he was killed in THE THIRD MAN, but then adds that there were a lot of adventures that came before. Pretty good show.
July 7, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST
Did he eat them with a fork? Are you afraid of a sock sliding across the floor FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN IT WANTS TO? Do you want to go back in time and kill the inventor of the potato chip because of all the shit that's gone done since?(Let's not even get into to the ripple variety) Are you willing to kill just because you're bored? Are you willing to see how far you can throw a duck? Does pudding make you uneasy? Are you vaguely aware that something big might happen on Tuesday but also aware that it might not and even if it does you should just chill?
July 7, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST
Disregard my previous post or better yet.......................................................................................................there.
July 8, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST
by Ricky Retardo
July 8, 2012, 12:26 a.m. CST
by Ricky Retardo
July 8, 2012, 4:45 a.m. CST
One of the best examples of 'show don't tell' in film. Modern movie-makers , who seem obsessed with exposition, could learn a lot from this film.
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