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The Third Man Movie Review Summary

Actors: Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Paul Hoerbiger, Ernst Deutsch

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The Third Man (1949), directed by Carol Reed

The story is set in atmospheric post-World War II Vienna. American Holly Martins, a penniless author of cheap Western novels, arrives in Vienna at the invitation of his old friend Harry Lime. Wondering why Lime has not welcomed him at the train station, Martins tries to find him at his home only to be informed that Lime just died in a tragic accident a couple of days earlier. But upon further inquiry into the circumstances of Lime's death, Martins is confronted with contradictory accounts that raise his suspicions. Alert to the possibility that Lime might have been murdered, he decides to stay in Vienna for a while longer to find out the truth.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Dorothea Lotter



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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   catching/stopping killer Criminal enemy is...    -   drug dealers If this is a criminal POV story...    -   killing innocent people

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Austria

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   drowned Any profanity?    -   None

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