The Third Man

The Third Man

And, The Fallen Idol

Book - 2001
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"The Third Man is Graham Greene's brilliant recreation of post-war Vienna, a 'smashed dreary city' occupied by the four Allied powers. Rollo Martins, a second-rate novelist, arrives penniless to visit his friend and hero, Harry Lime. But Harry has died in suspicious circumstances, and the police are closing in on his associates-The Fallen Idol is the chilling story of a small boy caught up in the games that adults play. Left in the care of the butler and his wife whilst his parents go on a fortnight's holiday, Philip realises too late the danger of lies and deceit. But the truth is even deadlier."
Publisher: London : Vintage, 2001, c1955
ISBN: 9780099286233
Branch Call Number: FIC Green
Characteristics: 156 p. --


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TreyMendez Nov 22, 2011

Anyone interested in the craft of screenwriting will get a lot out of this novella version of The Third Man written before the script but published after the film's release.

Graham Greene felt the only way to truly tell the tale was to write it in prose first, then put it into the form of a screenplay, and so he wrote this novella as an outline of sorts, then later, decided to publish it with notes on changes he and Director Carol Reed made to the story to turn this into a shooting script.

Read this, then the script, then watch the movie (The script is available for library use only and the DVD of the film is in circulation) and you'll get an insider's view into the creation of a classic film.

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