The Third Man

The Third Man

And, the Fallen Idol

Book - 1955
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The Third Man is Greene's brilliant recreation of post-war Vienna, a city of desolate poverty occupied by four powers. Rollo Martins, a second-rate novelist, arrives penniless in Vienna to visit his old friend and hero Harry Lime. Harry is dead, but the circumstances surrounding his death are highly suspicious, and his reputation, at the very least, dubious.

Graham Greene said of The Third Man that he "wanted to entertain [people], to frighten them a little, to make them laugh" and the result is both a compelling narrative and a haunting thriller. 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, Baines, and his wife, Philip realizes too late the danger of lies and deceit. But the truth is even deadlier.

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Publisher: London : Penguin, c1955
ISBN: 9780140185331
Branch Call Number: GREENE
Characteristics: 1 v
Additional Contributors: Greene, Graham 1904-1991 Basement room
Alternative Title: Fallen idol


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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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