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!
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Tomorrow’s pic controls the spice.