The Third Man

The Third Man

Directed by Carol Reed

1949

The Third Man is a British film noir set in post-World-War-II Vienna. The Third Man is entertaining – and Orson Welles’s acting is memorable – but the film never really escapes the conventions of the genre.

Would see.

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Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

Directed by Alexander Mackendrick

1957

Sweet Smell of Success is a film noir about a Manhattan press agent. The dialogue is quick and sometimes quick-witted, but the story is dull and the themes are superficial.

Would not see.