Number five in a series of video essays inspired by a challenge by The Criterion Cast podcast in which I explore films in The Criterion Collection that have influenced my filmmaking style and aesthetic – this one is for Carol Reed's 1949 noir set in postwar Vienna.

Tragically, the Criterion version (spine number 64, criterion.com/films/236-the-third-man) is out of print – but not before I luckily snatched up the 1999 DVD, the 2007 DVD re-issue, and the 2008 Blu-Ray. This is one of a handful of films I can put on at anytime, and find myself not able to tear myself away until the end.

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