Day: April 8, 2019

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THE THIRD MAN – THE OTHER FACE OF VIENNA

In Carol Reed’s The Third Man, Vienna is represented with a double face that can be associated now with Holly Martins, now with Harry Lime. Martins’ Vienna is a “superficial” Vienna, where culture is ostentatious and where strangers, welcomed with cordiality, are constantly looked upon with suspicion. On the other hand, Lime’s Vienna is an underground Vienna, populated more by shadows than by light. The Vienna of lawlessness, of crime, the lesser-known Vienna, but, nevertheless, a more alive and pulsating Vienna.