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July 09, 2020


I recently watched Odd Man Out, and I can see why you admire it, and admire James Mason's performance. Yes, the competition among the three Reed films you mention is fierce! My favorite is The Third Man for several reasons, perhaps best summarized by the fact that as I write this, not having watched it for several years, I can see it in my mind's eye quite clearly (and hear its theme!) So many top notch performances based on the script on which Greene collaborated. (There's even that comic interlude concerning the lecture by the famous American writer.) So many of the pictorial sequences are memorable: the scene at the top of the Ferris wheel, of course,and just think of those final frames when Joseph Cotton watches "her" walk past and away as the leaves fall and the zither plays. . .

Thank you for this excellent comment, Peter. "The Third Man" is outstanding, no question, and that scene at the Riesenrad in the Prater amusement park is out of this world. -- DL

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