So yeah, On The Waterfront was a pretty good flick. Maybe it dragged a bit here and there, but it deserves a place on the “Oughta Watch This” list.
Now we’re spinning at magic random number wheel again! What will we land on?
68…The Third Man! My list tells me it’s from 1949, so we’re walking back even further this week from On the Waterfront. That’s not something I expected to do. What’s this movie about? I’ve never heard of it.
An out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a post war Vienna divided into sectors by the victorious allies, and where a shortage of supplies has lead to a flourishing black market. He arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime’s friends and associates Martins soon notices that some of the stories are inconsistent, and determines to discover what really happened to Harry Lime.
Synopsis courtesy of IMDB. And who is playing this so-called Harry Lime character? Orson Welles, no less! A towering figure in cinema right there. Of course, Lime being dead, old Orson can’t have too big a role to play, I imagine. I can’t say I’ve heard of any of the other actors or actresses. We’ll begin our exploration of this film starting tomorrow. Let me know if you’ve seen this film already!