Cinema Chance Cube, Episode 8: THE THIRD MAN

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We’re back! After taking a brief break from rolling our own chance cube choices and letting Mavis McGee have a shot at fate, we’re back to our normal round of choices. This time, the cube brought us Carol Reed’s The Third Man, as chosen by Shannon. This one is, according to the British Film Institute, the greatest British film ever made. So what did we think?

Well, it got the first perfect score in Cinema Chance Cube history, so I guess you can say we liked it a little bit. This movie rocks. There’s Carol Reed’s assured direction, the absolutely gorgeous B&W cinematography that has some of the best lighting I’ve ever seen, the unique Vienna setting, the stellar performances by Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles, and even a zither-based score that is equal parts lovely, (intentionally) funny, and occasionally sinister.

We all loved this one so much, and while we obviously want you to listen to our podcast, I would heavily, heavily, heavily recommend you stop reading this right now and watch The Third Man. It’s one of the best films ever made and we’re merely troglodytes completely outmatched while trying to explain why it is so good. We’re complete morons and compare it to an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation,1 a Godzilla movie, The Matrix Reloaded, and even episode 6‘s The Nice Guys. We cannot be trusted to discuss films this good. At all.

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