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8 reasons “The Third Man” is movie magic

A man stands halfway along a long, deserted alleyway.  Autumn leaves blow in the wind. A woman approaches, walking slowly.

Will she stop? Or will she carry on, and walk past him?

The original trailer for the Third Man is dated but – unlike later versions, and like this review – contains no spoilers

If you have seen the cult 1949 film The Third Man, you will know the answer to this question. If, like me, you worship the film, merely to think of this scene and its resolution will send a pleasurable frisson down your spine.

Is the fact that many of the “Top films of all times” named by film buffs tend to be black and white classics based on (more…)

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