Veteran LAMBcaster James was pushing hard for The Third Man to be the next MOTM for a few months now, and he finally got his way. The 1949 drama starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles is regularly included on lists of the best noir films and was voted in 1999 as the best British film of the 20th century by the BFI.
For those unfamiliar with it, the plot synopsis from IMDb:
“An out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a post war Vienna divided into sectors by the victorious allies, and where a shortage of supplies has lead to a flourishing black market. He arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime’s friends and associates Martins soon notices that some of the stories are inconsistent, and determines to discover what really happened to Harry Lime. “
First up, the links! Big thanks to the LAMBs that sent in their posts for this edition of the MOTM. Like I said on Facebook earlier this week, I can kind of understand the lower output this time around given the 1949 release date of the film so please do check out the opinions on this classic below:
It’s also time to vote on next month’s movie. I’ve included many of the choices from last month, but swapped a few out to keep it interesting. If you’d like to place the poll on your site, click on the “Copy Poll” link below. You have one week to vote.
As we do every month, the LAMBcast is tied in with the MOTM. This time, Sam, Steve, Tom, Dylan and James gathered ’round our virtual table and produced what I tend to think is one of of best episodes yet. Also of note, a thanks to Dan of the Midnight Movie Club for sharing a technical tip with me that has hopefully made the sound quality the best yet (for sure – a good connection helped, too). 76 episodes in and we’re still getting better!
Also on tap:
* Rants and Raves of the Week
* Last LAMB Standing
Finally – here’s the video Tom tells Steve about – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu02VSsLorE.
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