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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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White delivers a book about The Third Man that skirts mostly around talking about the film as a finished product, instead offering a by-the-numbers rundown of the making-of process and historical context, admittedly with a few telling and choice new tidbits thrown in for flavoring; some of the more interesting snippets, however, are compelling on their own, but don't shed much, if any, light on the final film. Intercut between the above are White's efforts to reproduce the cinematic medium in a ...more
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.