Clear the street of balloon sellers prior to stakeout: Just one important lesson learned from Carol Reed’s The Third Man

One yardstick of a film’s greatness is how well it survives repeat viewings. Carol Reed’s The Third Man is championed as a movie not only withstanding familiarity but actually improving upon multiple sittings. After a fourth time this writer remains in the chorus of those cherishing their return visits to the gargantuan Ferris wheel and labyrinthine sewer system of post-WWII Vienna, though on this engagement the abundance of assembled talent is frankly less impressive than the thrilling courting of failure through ambition.

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Clear the street of balloon sellers prior to stakeout: Just one important lesson learned from Carol Reed’s The Third Man