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The Third Man
by Rob White
After "The Third Man", Carol Reed was hailed as one of the world's great directors. This title sets out to understand what kind of artist Reed was and whether he deserved such accolades. Rob White explores how the film came to be made and seeks to explain its fascination.
Paperback, 87 pages
Published October 8th 2003 by British Film Institute
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I'm a big fan of this series: brief monographs on some of the finest films made. Each book in the series is by a different author, so just as DVD spoken commentaries are variable in quality, so are the books. Rob White cuts between synopsis of The Third Man and enlightening background information.